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2020 Revisions to the ACSP Bylaws

Tuesday, September 15, 2020  
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To make the Association more inclusive, the ACSP Governing Board discussed ways to reflect diverse interests of our members in the structure of the board, as well as in the Association membership categories. After the 2019 Annual Conference in Greenville, SC, the ACSP Institutional Governance Committee was tasked with amending the ACSP Bylaws, per charges by the Governing Board and Executive Committee. At its June 18, 2020 meeting, the Governing Board reviewed the Bylaws amendments recommended by the committee and agreed to put them to the ACSP Full Members to vote.

The changes reflect a more inclusive and accurate description of ACSP’s practices since the previous Bylaws revision in 2019. To enact the revised Bylaws, a two-thirds vote to approve was required of the Full Members. Having been approved on September 4th, 2020, the revised Bylaws will go into effect at the 2020 Annual Business Meeting to be held at the ACSP Annual Conference, Friday, November 6.

The following describe the significant revisions to the Bylaws (now posted here):

  • Membership of Canadian planning programs: Representatives from the Association of Canadian University Planning Programs (ACUPP) requested to ACSP, to allow Canadian planning programs to become Full Members of the ACSP (currently most are Corresponding Members). Together, the Canadian planning programs (16-18 currently), as Full Members, will constitute a new, sixth region of the Association.
  • Reconfiguration of Governing Board composition: Current voting members on the board consist of four ACSP Officers, the Past-President, 10 Regional Representatives (2 per region), and 2 Student Representatives. The Bylaws will now transition half of the Regional Rep positions to Categorical Representatives to better capture the changing landscape and needs of ACSP members (e.g., diverse needs of schools serving students of color and schools of different sizes, and the increasing number of Individual Members). Under this revision and with the addition of the Canadian planning programs, there will be 6 Regional Representatives and 5 Categorical Representative seats on the board. These changes will be reflected in the Call for Volunteers share with all members in January, 2021. A slate of candidates will be developed for a Spring 2021 vote.
  • Making the full text of the document more consistent and inclusive: Changes were made to merge the categories of Affiliate and Corresponding Members (now the Association only has an Affiliate Member category); clarifying Individual Member categories to open to educators, researchers, and students of varying activity status; introducing gender-neutral pronouns; aligning the composition of the National Conference Committee with long-standing practices; etc.

We extend our appreciation to the Institutional Governance Committee for their work on this important ACSP document: Weiping Wu, Chair, Columbia University; Kerry Brooks, Eastern Washington University; Chingwen Cheng, Arizona State University; Michael Frisch, University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Kazuya Kawamura, University of Illinois at Chicago.


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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