The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning. PAB standards are developed with advice from the public and our sponsoring organizations: the American Planning Association (APA); APA’s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

The accreditation is a system for recognizing educational institutions and professional programs for performance, integrity, and quality. This recognition is extended primarily through nongovernmental, voluntary associations. These creditors set up criteria for accreditation, arrange site visits, evaluate institutions and professional programs, and confer accreditation.

Planning Accreditation Board Core Values and Mission

The mission of the Planning Accreditation Board’s (PAB) is to promote excellence among planning programs and make sure of high-quality education for future urban planners.

Core Values

The Planning Accreditation Board embraces the following five core values:Planning Accreditation Board

Stewardship: preserving the knowledge base of the urban planning profession with which the Board has been entrusted and supporting the innovations that enhance this knowledge base over time.
Collaboration: advancing the dialogue and partnerships between the academic and practitioner communities.
Communication: articulating the value of an accredited urban planning education to students and the communities they will study and serve.
Integrity: maintaining a commitment to fairness, transparency, consistency and state-of-the-art accreditation practices.
Leadership: providing leadership in sharing and encouraging instructional innovation.

Planning Accreditation Board Functions

In order to carry out its mission, the PAB:

– Accredits graduate and undergraduate planning programs in North America.
– Mentors programs to further academic excellence in professional education.
– Collects and provides data on the state of planning education (student profiles, performance, placement, effectiveness, etc.).
– Strengthens professional education in partnership with its sponsors: the ACSP (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning), the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners), and APA (the American Planning Association).

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Culled from the Planning Accreditation Board Website | Planning Schools and Accreditation