The founding of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in 1969 and its creation of a separate conference (from the AIP/APA’s) in 1981 marked the institutionalisation of a planning academy independent of but still inherently tied to professional planning practice. Ironically this institutionalisation in some ways codified the ongoing tension between planning theory and planning practice: the planning academy and the planning profession. This is ironic because the raison d’être of ACSP and its annual conference was pedagogy: how can planning educators effectively train students to be planning professionals? Access the rest of the article through the title link.
Viewpoint: ACSP at 50
by Michael Hibbard, TPR, 81 (2) 2010 doi: 10.3828/trp.2009.29
As the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009, it is timely to recount its current activities and assess some of the issues faced by the Association and planning education more broadly. Access the rest of the article through the title link.
ACSP has thrived as an organisation largely because it has sustained and enhanced core activities from its inception in the 1970s around issues of planning education. Typically, this has required a long-term nurturing process rather than instantaneous organisational changes. In reflecting on why ACSP came into being and how it has developed over a period of three decades plus, it is the steady and methodical expansion of planning education within higher education institutions in the United States that best depicts the goals and successes of ACSP. Access the rest of the article through the title link.
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