University of Utah

Contact Info

Stacy Harwood, Chair
Dept phone: 801.581.8255
harwood@arch.utah.edu
http://plan.cap.utah.edu/prospective-students/degrees-offered/master-of-city-and-metropolitan-planning/
Public Information

Accreditation Actions

Accreditation through December 31, 2026
Last Accreditation Cycle: 2020 – 2021
Next Accreditation Cycle: 2025 – 2026
Progress Report: July 1, 2024

Summary of Recent Actions

October 2021: Program 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 five 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 2B / Student Diversity determined to be partially-met. While the Program seeks to achieve diversity among its students that matches the diversity of the area, it has not shown improvement in this area.
  • Criterion 2C / Student Advising, Service, and Support determined to be partially-met. The Program does not have sufficient staff for student support.
  • Criterion 4C / Instructional Delivery and Scheduling determined to be partially-met. The Program’s required courses should be taught primarily by full-time planning faculty.
  • Criterion 4D / Facilities determined to be partially-met. The Program’s facilities are insufficient for program delivery and administration, and lack ADA accessibility.

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 2014: Program granted 7-year accreditation based on PAB’s findings of compliance or substantial compliance with all domains of the Accreditation Standards. No serious deficiencies.

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.