Accreditation Application Timeline

STEP ONE: APPLICATION FOR CANDIDACY STATUS

YEAR 1

April 1

  • Deadline for Chief Executive Officer’s Letter of Intent [to pursue Candidacy Status]. PAB will review for confirmation of compliance with preconditions to accreditation.

April – July
  • Applicant prepares Self-Study Report (SSR).

August 1
  • Applicant’s deadline for submission of Self-Study Report and candidacy application fee to PAB.

October or November (At ACSP Conference)
  • Applicant’s program administrator appears before PAB for Q&A; PAB reviews application, makes a decision on candidacy and within 30 days notifies Applicant’s Chief Executive Officer and program administrator of decision.

January
  • If Candidacy Status is granted, PAB notifies Applicant of Fall (scenario 1) or Spring (scenario 2) Site Visit.

STEP TWO: APPLICATION FOR INITIAL ACCREDITATION

Scenario 1: Fall Site Visit Timeline

YEAR 2

Summer – Fall

  • Applicant revises Self-Study Report
  • PAB assembles Site Visit Team (SVT).
  • Applicant distributes updated SSR to PAB, SVT, Applicant’s student organization, and local APA chapter.

August – September
  • Applicant makes lodging arrangements for SVT and submits draft of Site Visit schedule to PAB (see the Site Visit Manual for further detail).
  • The APA Chapter and student organization provide written comments on Applicant to PAB.

September – November
  • SVT conducts Site Visit.

YEAR 3

March or April (at APA Conference)

  • Applicant and SVT administrator appear before PAB to answer questions regarding program review.
  • Board meets in closed session and makes accreditation decision.
  • Within 30 days PAB notifies Applicant’s Chief Executive Officer, program administrator, other institution administrators, the institution’s student organization and APA Chapter of the initial accreditation decision.

Scenario 2: Spring Site Visit Timeline

YEAR 2

Spring – Summer

  • Applicant revises Self-Study Report
  • PAB assembles Site Visit Team (SVT).
  • Applicant distributes updated SSR to PAB, SVT, Applicant’s student organization, and local APA chapter.

November – December
  • Applicant makes lodging arrangements for SVT, and submits draft of Site Visit schedule to PAB (see the Site Visit Manual for further detail).
  • The APA Chapter and student organization provide written comments on Applicant to PAB.

YEAR 3

January – April

  • SVT conducts Site Visit.

October or November (at ACSP Conference)
  • Applicant and SVT administrator appear before PAB to answer questions regarding program review.
  • Board meets in closed session and makes accreditation decision.
  • Within 30 days PAB notifies Applicant’s Chief Executive Officer, program administrator, other institution administrators, the institution’s student organization and Chapter of initial accreditation decision.

Useful Documents

Accredited Planning Programs

The list of PAB-accredited planning programs.

Planning Programs Granted Candidacy Status

The list of planning programs seeking accreditation which have been granted Candidacy Status.

Considering Accreditation?

Instructions for becoming an accredited planning program.

Summary of Recent Actions

History of Accredited Programs

This list includes all degree programs currently and previously accredited by the PAB.

2017 Accreditation Standards

(File Download: 338kB)

Standards approved March 3, 2017.
Programs submitting Self-Study Reports in 2018 will use the 2017 standards.

2012 Accreditation Standards

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Standards approved April 14, 2012.
Programs submitting Self-Study Reports and Progress Reports in 2017 and hosting Site Visits during the 2017-2018 academic year will be assessed using the 2012 standards.

PAB Policies and Procedures Manual

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PAB combined its Accreditation Document with its Policies Manual to form a single new manual: The PAB Policies and Procedures Manual. This new manual contains all the PAB policies and procedures and provides guidance on the accreditation process.

The Value of Accreditation

(File Download: 268kB)

How it works and how it benefits students and the public; a brief document developed by regional, national and programmatic accrediting organizations, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

CHEA YouTube Video: Accreditation and Its Value To You