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PAB Amendment to Accreditation Standards – Second Public Comment Period

Friday, November 18, 2016  
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The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) has proposed an amendment to its 2012 Accreditation Standards for the accreditation of master’s and bachelor’s degrees in planning.

Goals of the amendment include: changes to address 2 years of feedback from accreditation reviews using the overhauled 2012 standards; a continued clear and thoughtful focus on principles, outcomes, and accountability; more direct linkage between mission, strategic plan, progress, and outcomes; the addition of a distance education modality; and legal review and benchmarking of specialized and programmatic accreditors regarding diversity of students, faculty, and curriculum.

In fall 2015 released draft one of the amendment to the governing bodies of the American Planning Association (APA), its American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), and ACSP conference attendees. The first of two public comment periods took place from November 16 until December 16, 2015.

PAB then revised the proposed amendment for comments received and additional legal review.

You are receiving this notice pursuant to PAB policy, and are invited to participate in the second comment period from November 17 until December 18, 2016.

The amendment and process by which you may comment can be found on the PAB website:

Greater detail regarding the amendment process can be found in the PAB Policies and Procedures Manual on the PAB website.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.