There are many organizations affiliated with planning and the ACSP. The ACSP considers them partners, colleagues and advocates for positive change. Understanding them and their far-reaching implications for local through global planning efforts may entice you more toward obtaining an advanced degree in planning.
The Planning Accreditation Board
The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is jointly sponsored by ACSP (the organization of planning schools), the American Planning Association (the organization of professional planners), and the American Institute of Certified Planners (the accrediting body for professional planners). The PAB's mission (descriptive flyer) is to ensure high quality education for future urban planners. Accredited programs must meet strict standards developed collaboratively by both practicing planners and planning academicians. Not all accredited schools teach the same courses or emphasize the same subjects–in fact, the differences between the schools appeal to different student interests. But the curriculum at all accredited schools provides a core set of theories, methods, and techniques which properly prepare students for a career as a practicing planner. PAB School Enrollment Data - Annual Reports
GPEAN Global Planning Educators Association Network
GPEAN is promoted by APSA, AESOP, ACSP and ANSAPS, the first World Planning Schools Congress was held in Tongji University in July, 2001. There were nearly 1000 officials, scholars of urban planning, educators, students and practitioners gathered making a deep discuss on the common achievements in urban planning and construction, communicating actively on working experience, as well as referring to practical experience of the other countries, cities and research partners.
According to the common sense of the above paragraph, to deliver the spirit to the whole world, 10 countries and transnational planning educational organizations, gathered signing the SHANGHAI STATEMENT on July 14th, which declares: on the goal of increasing mutual communication in order to improve the quality and visibility of planning and planning education. To achieve this, it was agreed to establish a global planning education association network and committees to host the second World Planning Schools Congress and to develop an inclusive communication network. In addition to the ACSP, the current ten other members of the GPEAN are as follows:
- ACUPP Association of Canadian University Planning Programs
- AAPS Association of African Planning Schools
- APERAU Association for the Promotion of Education and Research in Urban and Regional Planning, or Aménagement et Urbanisme
- AESOP Association of European Schools of Planning
- APSA Asian Planning Schools Association
- ANZAPS Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools
- ALEUP Latin American Association of Schools of Urbanism and Planning
- ANPUR National Association of Urban and Regional Post-Graduate Programs - Brazil
- TUPOB Association of Planning Schools of Turkey
- ASPI Association of Indonesian Planning Schools
American Planning Association
The American Planning Association (APA) is a professional planner's association, an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. They measure their success by the successes of their members and the communities they serve. The APA was created in 1978 by the consolidation of two separate planning organizations, but its roots grow all the way back to 1909 and the first National Conference on City Planning in Washington, D.C. The APA helps certified planners negotiate ethical and moral dilemmas, and offers a guide to ethical conduct for others in the planning process. In addition, The APA Foundation funds scholarships, community equity programs, new initiatives and special research projects. The APA and the AICP have worked to increase social equity, diversity, and minority participation. Minority populations will be better served by planning - and planners will better serve their communities - if more people of color choose careers in planning.
American Institute of Certified Planners
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the American Planning Association's professional institute and the recognized leader in certifying professional planners and promoting ethical planning, professional development, planning education and standards of practice.
Urban Affairs Association
The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.
The Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. (Adopted March 12, 2010)
Other Professional Planners' Associations
Other Higher Education Groups in North America