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Amendment to 2022 Accreditation Standards

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) seeks a minor amendment to the 2022 Accreditation Standards (approved on February 3, 2022). The proposed amendment replaces “fulltime graduates” with “all graduates” for graduate employment in criteria 1B / Programmatic Assessment and 1D / Public Information. The revision aligns with PAB’s current practice wherein an accredited program is required to provide evidence of graduate employment in planning, planning-related, or other fields for all graduates, regardless of parttime and fulltime enrollment status. The editorial correction will provide for clearer expectations and will align the sub-criteria with what has been the actual practice.

  • Criterion 1B4: Graduate Employment:  The Program shall document the percentage of fulltime all graduates who are employed within one year of graduation in professional planning, planning-related or other positions, and the definitions thereof.
  • Criterion 1D5: Employment:  the employment rate of fulltime all graduates in professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 1 year of graduation.

PAB’s process for amending standards requires two public comment periods. The first comment period was August 9 – September 8, 2022. Thank you to everyone that submitted comments during this period.

The second and final 30-day comment period is now closed (September 28 – October 28, 2022).

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

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

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