Summary of Recent Actions

PAB accreditation indicates that the Program has undergone an external review and substantially meets the PAB standards and criteria. Programs granted accreditation demonstrated conformity with PAB standards after a thorough review from the Board. PAB bases its decisions on the overall quality of the program, its performance relative to its mission and strategic plan, and its performance relative to PAB’s 5 standards, which encompass a total of 29 criteria and 18 curriculum sub-criteria. When PAB determines that a Program does not fully meet a criterion or curriculum sub-criterion, the Program is encouraged to take steps to improve in that area and provide information to PAB on its efforts, either during the next accreditation review or in an interim progress report.

Additional detail on the accreditation actions can be found within the Accredited Planning Programs directory. Please note, the information presented below and within the directory is a summary. Please consult the school directly for in-depth information regarding programs, course offerings, and compliance with PAB standards. Programs should also be consulted directly for additional information on issues and areas of improvement identified during an accreditation review, and the actions that the school is taking to address these areas.

At its November 13, 2020 meeting, PAB made the following accreditation decisions:

Auburn University
Master of Community Planning
The Board granted the Program a 7-year initial accreditation term, effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2027.

Jackson State University
Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning
The Board granted the Program a 5-year accreditation term, through December 31, 2025. Progress Report by July 1, 2023 to be submitted by the Program.

Rowan University
Bachelor of Science in Community and Environmental Planning
The Board denied candidacy status.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
The Board granted the Program a 7-year accreditation term, through 12/31/2027.

University of South Florida
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
The Board granted the Program a 5-year initial accreditation term, effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2025.

University of Virginia
Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning and Master of Urban and Environmental Planning
The Board granted the Program a 5-year accreditation term, through December 31, 2025.

West Chester University
Bachelor of Science in Community and Environmental Planning
The Board granted candidacy status for two (2) years, effective 01/01/2021 through 12/31/2022.

Western Washington University
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development
The Board granted the Program a 5-year accreditation term, through December 31, 2025.

PAB Accreditation Standards Review

PAB is in the process of reviewing its accreditation standards for planning programs. To learn about the process and how you can be involved click here

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

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

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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

Accreditation Toolkit

A publication by CHEA designed to provide information on accreditation to students, faculty, presidents, chancellors, and governing boards of higher education institutions. For updated information broken down by group, please visit: https://www.chea.org/accreditation-toolkit