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Accreditation Standards Review

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is pleased to release Draft 2 of its proposed Amendment to the Accreditation Standards. The goals of the proposed amendment were to:

  • Clarify the standards
  • Ensure the curriculum and core competencies remain relevant to the profession
  • Systematically review and reinforce diversity, equity and inclusion concepts throughout the standards; and
  • Continue to provide a clear and thoughtful framework focused on principles, outcomes, and accountability

Public Comment
PAB’s stakeholders and the public were invited to comment on the proposed revisions. The first comment period was July 30 – August 30, 2021.  Comments from the first draft are available below.

The second and final public comment period is now closed. Comments were accepted from November 1 – November 30, 2021.

Summary of the process, goals, and major revisions.

An excerpt from the Policies and Procedures manual (p. 32)

Current unmarked standards

View the proposed draft standards.

This document shows the changes made between the 2017 Standards and the proposed standards.

View where different curriculum pieces can be found in the proposed standards.

Comments to Draft 2 of Proposed Amendment to Accreditation Standards

Comments to Draft 1 of Proposed Amendment to Accreditation Standards

Accreditation Timeline

The process and timelines for amending the standards, as specified in the operating procedures of PAB, is as follows:

  • June 25, 2021: Draft 1 of Amendment to Accreditation Standards Approved by PAB
  • July 30 – August 30, 2021: First 30-day public comment period; all comments posted to PAB website
  • October 2021: Draft 2 of Amendment released to APA/AICP, ACSP and the public
  • November 2021: Second 30-day comment period, including advisory recommendations from AICP Commission/APA Board and ACSP Governing Board
  • March 2022: PAB releases final 2022 Accreditation Standards
  • January 1, 2023: Effective date of implementation of 2022 Accreditation Standards

PAB looks forward to discussing the proposed amendment with our stakeholders and receiving constructive comments on them, with the goal of adopting effective, clear and legally acceptable standards that improve the quality of planning education. Once the final Accreditation Standards are approved, PAB will update its Self-Study Report Manual and Template to reflect the new standards and expectations, as well as update the Site Visit Manual.

PAB Accreditation Standards Review Task Force Members

A special-purpose task force composed of representatives from ACSP, AICP and PAB was formed to assist with the review and revision of the 2017 accreditation standards. The Accreditation Standards Review task force gathered recommendations and suggested improvements to the standards to assist with the development of draft 1 of the PAB standards. From October – December 2020, the task force conducted 6 public forums via Zoom to solicit input from stakeholders. The task force also conducted an online survey from February 9 through March 12, 2021.

Edward G. Goetz, Ph.D.
PAB Board Member, Task Force Chair
University of Minnesota

Berneece Herbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Jackson State University

Rolf Pendall, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carlos M. Rodrigues, FAICP
Design Solutions

David Salazar, FAICP
PAB Board Member
Founder and Executive Director
Long Beach Community Design

Linda F. Tatum, FAICP
Assistant City Manager
City of Long Beach

Dawn Terkla, Ph.D.
PAB Board Member
Associate Provost, Tufts University

Mitch Thrower, CPA
PAB Board Member
Senior Manager
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Stacey Swearingen White, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
University of Kansas