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2022 Accreditation Standards

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is pleased to announce that it voted on February 3, 2022 to approve the revised PAB Accreditation Standards and Criteria. PAB appreciates the work of the Accreditation Standards Review Task Force in leading the amendment and revision process of the standards. In addition, thank you to PAB sponsoring organizations, planning programs, Site Visitors and other stakeholders who provided constructive feedback during this important process.

The new 2022 Accreditation Standards are effective January 1, 2023. PAB will revise its Self-Study Report Manual and Template, and related accreditation documents, to align with the new standards. Updated manuals and documents will be available on the PAB website.

Final approved PAB Standards

Summary of process, goals and major revisions.

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

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
  • February 2022: PAB releases final 2022 Accreditation Standards
  • January 1, 2023: Effective date of implementation of 2022 Accreditation Standards

Draft 1 and 2 of Proposed Amendment to Accreditation Standards

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
Professor
University of Minnesota
egoetz@umn.edu

Berneece Herbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Jackson State University
Berneece.herbert@jsums.edu

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

Carlos M. Rodrigues, FAICP
Principal
Design Solutions
carlos@rodriguesurbandesign.com

David Salazar, FAICP
PAB Board Member
Founder and Executive Director
Long Beach Community Design
dsplanner@hotmail.com

Linda F. Tatum, FAICP
Assistant City Manager
City of Long Beach
linda.tatum@longbeach.gov

Dawn Terkla, Ph.D.
PAB Board Member
Associate Provost, Tufts University
Dawn.terkla@tufts.edu

Mitch Thrower, CPA
PAB Board Member
Senior Manager
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
throweriv@aol.com

Stacey Swearingen White, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
University of Kansas
sswhite@ku.edu