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ACSP offers several communication tools for student members to engage and connect with other planning students and ACSP members from across the globe.

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• ACSP Student Bulletin

The annual student bulletin is distributed by the student representatives every fall before the conference. The bulletin includes useful information for students and the general ACSP community including:

  • recent student accomplishments and updates
  • student-related activities at the fall conference
  • information on the graduate student clinic booth
  • general information on the ACSP committees


• Bowling League – The Ph.D. Student Listserv

What is it and how do I join?
The Bowling League is an email listserv intended to promote and facilitate communication among planning Ph.D. students, post-docs, recent graduates, researchers, non-tenured faculty, and others throughout the US, Canada, and the rest of the world. The list was initiated by graduate students at UC Berkeley, and the spirit of Bowling League was to be an independent, student-run listserv. In recent years, the listserv moved to a more common server on Google. While the ACSP student reps manage membership requests, the content is not moderated. Members of the Bowling League are expected to use best judgment in participation. Communication about teaching, research, conferences, and academic positions of general interest is encouraged!

To join, email and include your name and school/affiliation so we can add you! Or simply request to join through the Google groups page—be sure to include your info in the request.

How does it work?
Any message sent to will be sent automatically to everyone on the list. Please restrict messages to those that will be of interest to a large number of planning Ph.D. students, post-docs, recent graduates, researchers, and non-tenured faculty.

General Guidelines

  • Postings should be of general academic interest to Ph.D. Planning students, post-docs, recent graduates, researchers and non-tenured faculty, i.e., upcoming conferences, job listings, calls for papers, etc.
  • The list is not an active discussion list. When replying to messages, make sure to reply to the message author, rather than the entire list.
  • The list is open and semi-moderated. Anyone can join, upon approval by the student representatives, and post to the list, but the intended members are those listed above.
  • Please avoid cross-posting, i.e., posting to the list and multiple other lists.
  • Do not use the mailing list to advertise or solicit services. Please, no petitions, for-sale items, apartment swap postings, etc. Also, do not post pleas for political action not DIRECTLY related to interests of planning Ph.D. students and the greater Bowling League community. For example, pleas to save NPR should not be posted.
  • The list is not open to postings from non-members. To facilitate university departments who may want to post job listings, please send an email directly to the ACSP Student Representatives ( and they will forward your message to the listserv members.
  • These guidelines will be sent periodically to members as a reminder.
  • This listserv is an open community resource for planning Ph.D. students and the greater community who are trusted to act responsibly. The ACSP and the volunteers who manage the list are not responsible for any of the postings to this list.

So… when do we bowl?
The choice of the name was to symbolize our intent to build a cyber-community through the use of the listserv. Robert Putnam had made a big splash in the thinking in this area with his idea exemplified in the following:

"By almost every measure, American's direct engagement in politics and government has fallen steadily and sharply over the last generation,...Every year over the last decade or two, millions more have withdrawn from the affairs of their communities....The most whimsical yet discomforting bit of evidence of social disengagement in contemporary America that I have discovered is this: more Americans are bowling today than ever before, but bowling in organized leagues has plummeted in the last decade or so."

Are Putnam's observations true? Does his analysis reveal an unstoppable leviathan or is there hope left for society? Are Planning Ph.D. students and their community part of the problem or the solution? It is time that we move beyond the rhetoric of the ivory tower and join in action. Engage in building a community with others by joining the BOWLING LEAGUE listserv. With any luck, we might even go bowling someday.


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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