ACSP Committees
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Standing Committees

Executive Committee
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.  Executive Committee Activity

Finance & Investment Committee
To determine, administer, and provide oversight on appropriate financial policies and procedures for ACSP and to provide for and oversee the appropriate and timely review thereof. This Committee shall consist of at least three people, and shall be chaired by the Treasurer of ACSP.  Finance & Investment Committee Activity 

Nominating & Election Committee
To encourage planning academicians in a wide range of planning programs to assume leadership roles in the Association and to organize and conduct in a timely fashion and in a well publicized manner all required and special elections of the Association, and to endeavor to assure widespread participation therein, especially by racial and ethnic minorities.  Nominating & Election Committee Activity

Review & Appraisal Committee
To review the activities, programs, ways and means of the Association, to help set the Presidential agenda, and to recommend policy or organizational changes to help assure the fulfillment of the Association’s purposes. The Vice-President chairs this Committee, and the Vice-President appoints its membership, for a one-year term.  Review & Appraisal Committee Activity

National Conference Committee
The structure of the Conference Committee is comprised of the chairs of the two most recent past conferences, the chairs of the two prospective conferences, and the ACSP Vice-president, ex officio. The chair of the Conference Committee is to be appointed by the President of ACSP. The Conference Committee meets twice each year. The purpose of this Committee is to provide guidance and oversight for all Association-sponsored meetings and conferences.  National Conference Committee Activity

ACSP PAB Advisory Committee
To solicit and review applications and submit recommendations for educator membership in the Planning Accreditation Board site visitor pool. To review and advise the ACSP Governing Board, Officers, and Membership on PAB matters of importance to ACSP. The chair of this committee is appointed by the president.  ACSP PAB Advisory Committee Activity

Membership Committee
The chair of this committee is appointed by the president. The purpose of this committee it to interpret conditions for membership in the Association, to recommend needed changes in membership criteria, and to receive applications for membership and transmit them to the Governing Board, with recommendations. The seats on this committee are currently vacant.  Membership Committee Activity

Institutional Governance Committee
The chair of this committee is appointed by the president. The purpose of this committee is to review and recommend changes, updates, or amendments to the Association’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and the rules and procedure that govern the major activities of ACSP; to evaluate the formal governance structure of ACSP; to identify and suggest alternative approaches, methods, and strategies to improve governance and administrative efficiency, diversity and fairness; and to address specific problems as they arise.  Institutional Governance Committee Activity


Special Committees

Committee on the Academy
The ACSP Committee on the Academy has two major charges: the first is associated with the Administrator’s Conference and the second relates to planning programs threatened with closure. The Committee oversees the Administrator’s Conference and is responsible for: 1) identifying potential sites for the conference along with ACSP staff, as appropriate; 2) recommending a site to the ACSP Governing Board or Executive Committee; 3) planning programming for the conference, involving U. S. planning administrators and possibly PAB as appropriate; 4) serving as liaison with appropriate ACSP committees (Executive, Diversity) with respect to conference content, specifically with respect to the new chairs school, diversity programming, and potentially training for faculty or doctoral students; and 5) overseeing post-conference evaluation and results summary.  Committee on the Academy Activity 

Doctoral Committee
This committee offers occasional workshops for existing planning doctoral students, and offers other support as needed. As a matter of recent practice, a workshop for students preparing for dissertation research has been offered in the summer, and at least one one-day workshop has taken place before the annual fall ACSP conference.  Doctoral Committee Activity

Faculty Mentoring Committee
Through events at the annual ACSP conference, as well as other venues, the Faculty Mentoring Committee's purpose is to help faculty, as well as planning schools, reflect and learn about better ways to prepare and mentor planning faculty at both the junior and senior levels. It is also intended to help doctoral students and faculty to envision, begin, and advance their careers of scholarship, teaching, and service.  Faculty Mentoring Committee Activity

Committee on Diversity (ACSP CoD)
The purpose of the ACSP CoD is to carry on the work of the Diversity Task Force by working with and encouraging planning schools to develop specific programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity as well as expanding diversity in the curriculum. Committee on Diversity Activity


Task Forces

ACSP Institutional Data Task Force
This task force will consider the potential for ACSP involvement in collection, management and dissemination of data concerning planning education, including the possibility of renewing the ACSP Guide to Schools. The charge given the Group includes consideration of potential partnerships with other planning organizations. When invited to do so, this task force also
advises the editors of Planetizen on the preparation, data collection and data analysis during their guide's production process. ACSP is in no way responsible for the ranking of planning schools shown in the Planetizen Guide. Task Force Activity

Global Education Task Force
This task force will explore global education, focusing on issues of recruiting and engaging international students, international education and accreditation issues.  Global Education Task Force Activity

Values Statement and Values Statement Process Task Force
In the Fall of 2018, consensus emerged around the idea of developing a values statement for the Association to provide a longer-term expression of values, offer a foundation from which action can be taken, and highlight what makes planning values distinct. The work of this task force will be presented to the Governing Board at the Fall 2018 meeting.  Values Statement and Values Statement Process Task Force Activity

Task Force on Enrollment
This task force will explore opportunities and challenges faced by graduate planning education: to characterize the evolving demand for North American planning degrees, the placements of our graduates, and the extent to which their jobs involve STEM skills; determine why and how some programs have received STEM designation for their planning degrees; assess how interest in STEM designation varies across domestic and international students; and recommend whether ACSP should pursue a STEM designation for the field as a whole. Deliberation on these issues will focus on master’s programs. A secondary goal for the task force will be to explore opportunities and challenges faced by doctoral education in planning. Activity of the task force.


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.


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