Planning Accreditation Board seeks public comments on proposed new accreditation standards

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The PAB is proposing a substantial revision of the standards and criteria for accreditation of university planning programs.  A public comment period on the proposal has just opened and lasts through 15 December.  Here's what PAB says about the changes:

"PAB is pleased to introduce a comprehensive revision of its accreditation standards and criteria. The goals of the change process include:

  • Developing standards, processes, and guidelines that are coherent, consistent, and sustainable through PAB leadership and membership changes;
  • Creating a clear and thoughtful framework that focuses on principles, outcomes, and accountability; and
  • Reducing the number standards to avoid redundancy and inconsistency, streamline the requirements, and promote simplicity.

Material improvements include:

  • A reduction in the number of standards from 11 to 7, and in criteria from from 81 to to 32; elimination of redundancy; emphasis on outcomes over inputs;
  • Leadership and trends in planning added to curriculum;
  • Programmatic outcomes replace student [learning] outcomes; and
    Universal outcomes identified and required on websites."


The proposed standards are shown and comments may be submitted at:  Alternatively, you can download a PDF version of the proposed standards and submit comments via email to, or regular mail to PAB at 53 W. Jackson Blvd – Suite 1315; Chicago, IL 60604.   Comments submitted in either manner will also be made available on the PAB website, accompanied by the names of those who submit.

Bruce Stiftel, FAICP, is professor of city and regional planning, and chair of the School of City and Regional Planning program at Gerogia Institute of Technology.


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