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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 some of our member schools and certainly 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. These endeavors require relationships, cooperation and collaboration with affiliated organizations, significantly these listed below.

This document helps to clarify these relationships.



The Planning Accreditation Board

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is jointly sponsored by ACSP (the organization of planning schools), the American Planning Association (the organization of professional planners), and the American Institute of Certified Planners (the accrediting body for professional planners). The PAB's mission (descriptive flyer) is to ensure high quality education for future urban planners. Accredited programs must meet strict standards developed collaboratively by both practicing planners and planning academicians. Not all accredited schools teach the same courses or emphasize the same subjects–in fact, the differences between the schools appeal to different student interests. But the curriculum at all accredited schools provides a core set of theories, methods, and techniques which properly prepare students for a career as a practicing planner.


American Planning Association

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit


GPEAN Global Planning Educators Association Network

GPEAN is promoted by APSA, AESOP, ACSP and ANSAPS, the first World Planning Schools Congress was held in Tongji University in July, 2001. There were nearly 1000 officials, scholars of urban planning, educators, students and practitioners gathered making a deep discuss on the common achievements in urban planning and construction, communicating actively on working experience, as well as referring to practical experience of the other countries, cities and research partners.

According to the common sense of the above paragraph, to deliver the spirit to the whole world, 10 countries and transnational planning educational organizations, gathered signing the SHANGHAI STATEMENT on July 14th, which declares: on the goal of increasing mutual communication in order to improve the quality and visibility of planning and planning education. To achieve this, it was agreed to establish a global planning education association network and committees to host the second World Planning Schools Congress and to develop an inclusive communication network. In addition to the ACSP, the current ten other members of the GPEAN are as follows:

  • ACUPP Association of Canadian University Planning Programs
  • AAPS Association of African Planning Schools
  • APERAU Association for the Promotion of Education and Research in Urban and Regional Planning, or Aménagement et Urbanisme
  • AESOP Association of European Schools of Planning
  • APSA Asian Planning Schools Association
  • ANZAPS Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools
  • ALEUP Latin American Association of Schools of Urbanism and Planning
  • ANPUR National Association of Urban and Regional Post-Graduate Programs - Brazil
  • TUPOB Association of Planning Schools of Turkey
  • ASPI Association of Indonesian Planning Schools


Association of European Schools of Planning

AESOP was established in 1987 in Belgium as an international association with scientific, artistic and educational purposes and operates according to its Charter. With over 150 members, AESOP is the only representation of planning schools of Europe. Given this unique position, AESOP strengthens its profile as a professional body. AESOP mobilizes its resources, taking a leading role and entering its expertise into ongoing debates and initiatives regarding planning education and planning qualifications of future professionals. AESOP promotes its agenda with professional bodies, politicians and all other key stakeholders in spatial and urban development and management across Europe. ACSP and AESOP have a Memorandum of Understanding for the mutual benefit of both organizations.


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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