ACSP Values Statement
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Planners link knowledge with collective action, work in the public interest, and advocate for transformational change.


ACSP Values:

  • Excellence in education and scholarship: ACSP values rigorous education, scholarship and practice that critically engage with the myriad challenges that affect our planet, communities, and people now and in the future.
  • Broadly inclusive methodological perspectives and a fully inclusive range of voices: Planning is a field that welcomes multiple disciplinary and methodological approaches and is enriched by scholarship that seriously interrogates questions related to access, equity, and disparities, and the intersectional dynamics of inclusion/exclusion.
  • Engagement across multiple publics: ACSP recognizes the critical importance of deep and sustained community engagement with multiple publics to create transformative, socially responsible, and just actions.
  • Education that supports inclusion and cultural competence: ACSP supports curricula and instructional approaches that prepare learners to become future scholars and professionals who serve as ethical and culturally competent partners, adept at working in multiple contexts, from local to global.
  • An inclusive and a welcoming environment within all our association activities: ACSP is committed to welcoming all members, scholars, and educators and to developing events, meetings, and publications that are welcoming, inclusive, and safe venues for discourse and inquiry.

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.


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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