A Message from the Chair
Happy New Year! I am honored to be the incoming chairman for the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). I initially served on the PAB as a site visitor starting in 2004, serving on seven site visits. Since December 1, 2017, I have served as a PAB Board Member, now serving the beginning of my second 3-year term and as chairman for the next two years.
During these unprecedented times, it has still been the mission of PAB to promote excellence among planning programs and ensure high-quality education for future urban planners. Since the pandemic, a total of nine virtual site visits were conducted, with another nine virtual visits scheduled for Spring 2021. While the virtual processes are temporary, PAB will review the feedback received from Programs and Site Visitors to determine what the future of PAB visits may look like.
As we begin a new year with renewed hope and direction, PAB will continue to advance it mission and core values: Stewardship, Collaboration, Communication, Integrity, and Leadership. Major initiatives over the year include: complete the redesign of the PAB website; configuration of an accreditation management system to maximize operational efficiencies and provide added value to our stakeholders; and the standards review and revision.
Every 5 years or earlier, PAB reviews its accreditation standards to ensure they are reflective of the profession and the academy. This process for standard review and revision does not occur in a vacuum. As with past standards revisions, PAB is committed to obtaining feedback from all its stakeholders – planning educators, planning practitioners, students, higher administrators, our sponsoring organizations, and the public. The review and revision of the standards is led by the Accreditation Standards Review Task Force, composed of representatives from APA/AICP, ACSP and PAB. The task force has been busy gathering public input via six zoom forums and an online survey. Once draft accreditation standards are developed, PAB and the task force will solicit comments via two 30-day public comment periods. The standards are not only PAB’s, but they are the standards of the profession and the academy.
Have a safe year and be sure to social distance, wear your mask and wash and sanitize your hands!
Bristol S. Ellington, AICP
January 21, 2021