Welcome to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning!
How ACSP is Organized
Members of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning are universities with departments and programs offering planning degrees or programs that offer degrees affiliated with planning. We also have individual faculty, retired faculty and student members. Most of our schools, departments, and programs are located in North America, particularly the U.S., but we have member schools located internationally as well.
Our association provides a number of services to our members including annual conferences, workshops, and the publication of an academic journal of record: the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER). We also provide services to the general public such as our Guide to Graduate and Undergraduate Planning Education (soon to be web based and searchable - check back with us!) and informational materials about urban planning as a career. ACSP offers several awards to highlight excellence in research, teaching, and service, from students to seasoned scholars. ACSP also supports a variety of interest groups including the Faculty Women’s Interest Group, Global Planning Educators Interest Group, and the Planners of Color Interest Group.
The ACSP President has a two-year agenda which currently includes the following key initiatives:
- Enhancing relevance of ACSP for planning school members and faculty;
- Enhancing relevance of ACSP for diverse groups in the community, academy, and profession; and
- Enhancing relevance of ACSP for the profession and the public.
For information about various key initiatives, please review our Initiatives page, which will be updated periodically with our continued success. For more information about our organizational structure, keep scrolling!
Thank you for your interest in ACSP!
Lois M. Takahashi, UCLA
ACSP President 2015-2017
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:
- recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
- strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences and community engagement;
- improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
- extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.
According to the Articles of Incorporation, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, a corporation, shall be a nonprofit organization organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes...under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, for such purposes including:
- Encourage development of and provision for the dissemination of information about new and improved methods of education in city, community, urban or regional planning;
- Provide a forum for the identification and discussion of issues in planning education;
- Enhance opportunities for the development of new, and the improvement of existing, planning curricula;
- Enhance opportunities for the conduct and dissemination of research;
- Assist the Corporation’s membership in enhancing the equal accessibility of their several curricula for all qualified persons and in assuring racial and ethnic diversity of faculty and students;
- Support the highest quality of planning education through services to the Corporation’s membership in faculty recruitment and development;
- Coordinate with other organizations concerned with planning education;
- Perform, or join with other bodies to perform, such evaluation and recognition functions of planning curricula as the membership may direct; and
- Facilitate the broad involvement of the students and faculties of the Corporation’s membership in the fulfillment of the above purposes.
The routine business of the Association is handled by the Governing Board, though any Governing Board action can be overridden by a majority vote of the Full Members. The Governing Board consists of voting and non-voting members. The seventeen voting members are the four officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer), the Past President, ten regional representatives, and two student representatives appointed by the President. The non-voting members are the three academic members of the Planning Accreditation Board appointed by the ACSP President, the International Programs Liaisons, the Chair of each standing committee, and the Editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. The Association bylaws require that the Governing board meet at least annually. In practice there are two meetings per year. The Spring meeting coincides in time and location with the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, and the Fall meeting with the Association’s annual conference.
The officers of the association comprise the Executive Committee. The purposes of the Executive Committee are to: review, appraise, and set the Governing Board agenda; propose a budget; and undertake other actions as are deemed necessary for the successful accomplishment of the Association’s goals. The Executive Committee meets at least twice a year in addition to participating in Governing Board meetings. These meetings are generally 4-6 weeks before the Governing Board meetings.
The Association holds an annual Business Meeting at the Fall conference. The purposes of the Business Meeting are to conduct Association business and to install new officers and regional representatives. Other business meetings may be called by the Governing Board or a majority of the Full Members of the Association. Each Full Member has one vote at membership meetings and a quorum is a majority of the Full Members of the Association.
The Association’s bylaws call for seven Standing Committees in addition to the Executive Committee: 1) Finances and Investment Committee; 2) Nominating and Elections Committee; 3) Review and Appraisal Committee; 4) Conferences Committee; 5) PAB Advisory Committee; 6) Membership Committee; 7) Institutional Governance Committee. See additional details about ACSP Committees, their members and their work.
Special Committees, Task Forces, and Interest Groups
The Association bylaws provide for other sub-groups in addition to the Standing Committees. In practice, Special Interest Groups and Special Committees have taken on a semi-permanent status. Task Forces are generally created temporarily, to address a specific issue.