University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact

Rolf Pendall, Department Head
217.300.8178; Dept phone: 217.333.3890
rpendall@illinois.edu
http://www.urban.illinois.edu/
Public Information

Accreditation Actions

Accreditation through December 31, 2026
Last Accreditation Cycle: 2020 – 2021
Next Accreditation Cycle: 2025 – 2026
Progress Report: Not Applicable

Summary of Recent Actions

May 2021: Programs granted 5-year accreditation.

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.

The Planning Accreditation Board has required the Program to address issues in the following areas:

  • Criterion 3B/ Faculty diversity was determined to be partially-met. While the Programs have shown a commitment to faculty diversity, the faculty remain unbalanced by gender.
  • Criterion 4B1/ Specializations was determined to be partially-met for the graduate program. The Program should provide evidence of coherent structure and clear information regarding required courses.
  • Criterion 4D/ Facilitates was determined to be partially-met. The Programs lacks dedicated instructional space.
  • Criterion 5C/ Communication was determined to be partially-met. The Programs should provide evidence of formal communication strategies with stakeholders.
  • Criterion 5F/ Grievance procedures was determined to be partially-met. The Programs should clearly communicate grievance procedures.

This information is a summary only. 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. If the Program has provided a response to any of the issues cited above, please see below for a link to the response.

April 2018: Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning program granted 3-year accreditation effective January 1, 2019. The 3-year decision is based on PAB’s findings that multiple minor deficiencies exist and/or deficiencies have been recently corrected.

April 2016: Programs granted 5-year accreditation. The 5-year decision is based on PAB’s findings that multiple minor deficiencies exist and/or deficiencies have been recently corrected. The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning (BAUP) degree is being phased out, and is replaced by a new Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning (BAUSP) degree.

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 7 standards, which encompass a total of 35 criteria and 17 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.

This information is a summary only. 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.