- ACSP Resources
|ACSP Values Statement|
Planners link knowledge with collective action, work in the public interest, and advocate for transformational change.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is an organization of university planning programs and scholars, with a mission to lift planning education and scholarship and to support the scholarly field in its role generating and disseminating knowledge and educating current and future generations of planners. The field and profession of planning are context, scale, and place dependent; focus on understanding the multi-layered interactions between the built and natural environment and human behaviors/actions; and consider how socio-cultural, natural, and institutional systems influence the quality of life for people and the well-being of the planet. Planners are deeply committed to ethical and responsible research and practice, a commitment that is integrated into the planning curriculum. That commitment requires that we acknowledge the times, past and present, when planning has been a tool that has marginalized individuals, harmed communities, and sustained structures of racism, sexism, oppression, and power imbalances. ACSP, through its mission to advance excellence in planning education and research, is committed to broadly inclusive engagement that enables our member programs to educate planners who can work toward more socially just communities.