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Administrators Mini-Track at ACSP2019

Monday, September 9, 2019  
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Starting Friday and carrying through Saturday of the 2019 Annual Conference, these special sessions might appeal to you as department chairs, program chairs and administrators. See you in Greenville!


ACSP Annual Business Meeting – All Administrators, Department and Program Chairs Invited

Friday, 7:00am – 8:15am
More than just continental breakfast, please attend to hear the state of the Association, talk about enrollment, and welcome in our new board members for 2019-2021. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Donna Dodd, so she can order enough breakfast for all. Thank you!

Developing and Measuring Learning Outcomes for Professional Planning Degrees

Friday, 8:30am – 9:45am
After a decade+ of promotion and advocacy on the importance of establishing learning outcomes, including the founding of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) VALUE initiative, a majority of institutions of higher education require both undergraduate and graduate programs to identify and record them on annual basis. Learning outcomes have become accepted as a necessary component for understanding students’ achievement and as a vehicle for program improvements. The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) included the learning outcomes requirement in its 2012 standards and criteria; the 2017 version took a step further to more explicitly connect strategic planning goals with the assessment of the program(s) and their respective learning outcomes. These assessments are to be based on ‘clearly defined approach, methodology, and indicators’. The learning outcomes are here to stay and be dealt with. Following on several sessions at the ACSP Administrators Conference, organized by the Committee on the Academy and based on the demand noted in the feedback and survey of planning chairs / heads, this session continues the conversation. If you are a new program chair or department head / chair, or an administrator preparing for a forthcoming accreditation process, join this session and hear from experienced colleagues about the development of learning outcomes and the ways to measure them on regular basis. Learn and discuss the what, why, and how of this relatively new trend and the learning outcomes requirements for professional planning programs. How are the learning outcomes integrated into curriculum structure, course activities, and capstone experiences? Which terms are appropriate for articulating them? What types of assessments are applicable? How to translate a program’s strategic goals to programmatic learning elements and outcomes. The session will feature representatives of the programs recently identified by PAB as having noteworthy practices on outcomes assessment.

Moderator: Zorica Nedovic-Budic, University of Illinois Chicago

Participants: Planning program representatives listed on the PAB web site as having noteworthy practices regarding learning outcomes

Planning in the Shadow of Giants: A Discussion about the Experiences of Small Planning Programs, Roundtable 10.4

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm
The full abstract can be found here: put “Planning in the Shadow” in your PDF search box, or use the page number box in the top left of the PDF to go to the bottom of page 882.

Moderator: Sarah Coffin, Saint Louis University


  • Michael Frisch, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Laura Solitare, Texas Southern University
  • Jeffrey Doshna, Temple University
  • Daniel Campo, Morgan State University

ACSP Chairs Workshop: Enrollment Management – Strategizing with the Future in Mind

Friday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Interested in learning more about the evolving landscape in the world of Higher Education enrollment? Do you play a key role in managing enrollment for a graduate professional school or degree program? Has your school, college, or degree program recently experienced new trends in prospective student interest, applications, or enrollment and you aren’t sure why? Please join us for an engaging discussion around emerging trends in graduate student recruitment, admissions, and enrollment. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues to share and learn about what’s working well (and maybe not so well) to affect school / program enrollments. Huron Consulting Group, experts in higher education, will facilitate a discussion and provide insight on market trends and industry best-practices and examples of how they’ve partnered with graduate programs to enhance enrollment outcomes, including strategies for ensuring alignment around enrollment goals and market demands, improving recruitment and admissions processes and outcomes, bolstering yield results, and increasing the impact of financial aid award strategies, among other topics.
Workshop Leaders:

  • Alex Faklis, Director, Huron Consulting Group - During her tenure at Huron, Alex has partnered on distinct engagements with more than 25 universities. Alex specializes in operational assessments, strategic planning and its alignment with technology, and performance improvement. Her higher education experience includes working directly in university settings as well as in consultative roles.
  • Katie Kovacs, Manager, Huron Consulting Group - Katie has 10 years of experience in higher education, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, partnering with institutions ranging from public, land-grant universities to top-tier, selective private colleges. She brings deep experience in recruitment and admission strategy for domestic and international students, new student programming, and transfer student integration. Katie’s ability to understand campus culture, align resources with objectives, and optimize organizational design and operations improves service, outcomes, and efficiency for institutions and assists them in reaching their missional goals of improving student success.

If you’d like to attend this workshop:

ACSP Enrollment Task Force - Listening Session

Saturday, 9:45am – 11:15am
The Enrollment Task Force was charged to document the extent to which our member programs' student enrollments are declining, investigate why this is happening, summarize what programs are doing about it, and whether planning as a field should pursue a STEM designation. Task force members will summarize what was learned about undergraduate and masters programs during the first year of the task force, and seek input on how best to approach its second year of work, focusing on PhD programs. Attend and share your views.


  • Clinton Andrews, Co-Chair, ACSP Task Force on Enrollment
  • Lucie Laurian, Co-Chair, ACSP Task Force on Enrollment

PAB Roundtable: The Value of Accreditation

Saturday, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and the Task Force on Innovation and Communication in Planning Education will host a workshop on the value of accreditation. PAB and the Task Force seek input from its stakeholders on what accreditation means for planning education:

  • How aware are stakeholders of PAB’s role as an accreditor and its standards for professional education?
  • What role does accreditation play in the field, and what value does it provide to the planning programs?
  • How can PAB more effectively communicate its role?

Moderator: Alex Lieber, AICP, Planner, AKRF, Inc., Vice Chair of PAB & Chair of the Task Force on Innovation and Communication in Planning Education


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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