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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of more than 100 university departments and programs offering planning degrees as well as programs that offer degrees affiliated with planning. We also have individual faculty, retired faculty, and student members. Most of our school members are located in North America, particularly the U.S., but our individual members are from around the world.

ACSP connects educators, researchers, and students, to advance knowledge about planning education and research. We are committed to promoting the field of planning as a diverse global community that works collectively toward healthy, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Our members convene together at annual conferences and workshops, disseminate research through ACSP’s journal of record JPER (Journal of Planning Education and Research) and beyond, and engage with like-minded colleagues in a variety of interest groups including the Faculty Women’s Interest Group, Global Planning Educators Interest Group, and the Planners of Color Interest Group.

Over the course of the next two years, ACSP will focus on three priorities. 


  1. We will launch discussions that will help programs innovate our curriculum. Our member programs host a range of degrees, from undergraduate to doctoral to executive, including accredited and non-accredited degrees. We will help our members think creatively about the future of planning education, and how each program can best respond.
  2. We will mobilize our efforts around climate change. The climate crisis will influence every aspect of planning practice in the decades to come. We will launch a discussion that will help frame planning's agenda for research and education in a warming world.
  3. We will continue and strengthen our longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. At the 2020 annual conference in Toronto, we will host a focus event on "Racial Equity and Justice in Urban Planning Research and Education in the Face of Racialized Inequality." I encourage members to watch for information about how you can submit abstracts and panels to that focus event, and we will look to continue similar focus events in annual conferences in 2021 and beyond.

Thank you for your interest in ACSP. Our expanded professional staff will be delighted to connect with you.






Marlon G. BoarnetUniversity of Southern California
ACSP President 2019-2021


ACSP Mission

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:
  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences and community engagement;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


Corporate Purpose

According to the Articles of Incorporation, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, a corporation, shall be a nonprofit organization organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes...under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, for such purposes including:

  1. Encourage development of and provision for the dissemination of information about new and improved methods of education in city, community, urban or regional planning;
  2. Provide a forum for the identification and discussion of issues in planning education;
  3. Enhance opportunities for the development of new, and the improvement of existing, planning curricula;
  4. Enhance opportunities for the conduct and dissemination of research;
  5. Assist the Corporation’s membership in enhancing the equal accessibility of their several curricula for all qualified persons and in assuring racial and ethnic diversity of faculty and students;
  6. Support the highest quality of planning education through services to the Corporation’s membership in faculty recruitment and development;
  7. Coordinate with other organizations concerned with planning education;
  8. Perform, or join with other bodies to perform, such evaluation and recognition functions of planning curricula as the membership may direct; and
  9. Facilitate the broad involvement of the students and faculties of the Corporation’s membership in the fulfillment of the above purposes.

How ACSP is Organized

Governing Board
The formal business of the Association is handled by the Governing Board, though any Governing Board action can be overridden by a majority vote of the Full Members. The Governing Board consists of voting and non-voting members. The seventeen voting members are the four officers (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer), the past president, ten regional representatives, and two student representatives appointed by the ACSP president. The non-voting members are the three academic members of the Planning Accreditation Board appointed by the ACSP president; the appointed representative to the GPEAN board; and the editor(s) of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. The Association bylaws require that the Governing board meet at least annually. In practice there are two meetings per year. The Spring meeting coincides in time and location with the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, and the Fall meeting with the Association’s Annual Conference.

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.

Membership Meetings
The Association holds an annual Business Meeting at the Fall conference. The purposes of the Business Meeting are to conduct Association business and to install new officers and regional representatives. Other business meetings may be called by the Governing Board or a majority of the Full Members of the Association. Each Full Member has one vote at membership meetings and a quorum is a majority of the Full Members of the Association.

Standing Committees
The Association’s bylaws call for sixStanding Committees in addition to the Executive Committee: 1) Finances and Investment Committee; 2) Nominating and Elections Committee; 3) Review and Appraisal Committee; 4) Conferences Committee; 5) PAB Advisory Committee; 6) Institutional Governance Committee. See additional details about ACSP Committees, their members and their work.

Special Committees, Task Forces, and Interest Groups
The Association bylaws provide for other sub-groups in addition to the Standing Committees. In practice, Special Interest Groups and Special Committees have taken on a semi-permanent status. Task Forces are generally created temporarily, to address a specific issue.


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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