Accreditation Standards Review

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is reviewing the accreditation standards for planning degree programs. A comprehensive review and development of standards occurs approximately every five years, as specified in PAB’s Standards and Revisions Procedures.

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 is gathering 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 is currently conducted an online survey from February 9 through March 12, 2021.

Draft 1 of the Standards will be developed and released in spring 2021. PAB is committed to ensuring all stakeholders are involved in the accreditation review and revision process, therefore, our process includes two 30-day public comment periods. Greater details on the timeline will be shared soon.

PAB Accreditation Standards Review Task Force Members

Edward G. Goetz, Ph.D.
PAB Board Member, Task Force Chair
Professor, University of Minnesota

Berneece Herbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Jackson State University

Rolf Pendall, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head, Univesity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carlos M. Rodrigues, FAICP
Principal, Design Solutions

David Salazar, FAICP
PAB Board Member
Former Chief Facilities Executive, Los Angeles Community College District

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

PAB Accreditation Standards Review

PAB is in the process of reviewing its accreditation standards for planning programs. To learn about the process and how you can be involved click here

Useful Documents

Accredited Planning Programs

The list of PAB-accredited planning programs.

Planning Programs Granted Candidacy Status

The list of planning programs seeking accreditation which have been granted Candidacy Status.

Considering Accreditation?

Instructions for becoming an accredited planning program.

Summary of Recent Actions

History of Accredited Programs

This list includes all degree programs currently and previously accredited by the PAB.

2017 Accreditation Standards

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Standards approved March 3, 2017.
Programs submitting Self-Study Reports in 2018 will use the 2017 standards.

PAB Policies and Procedures Manual

(File Download: 492kB)

PAB combined its Accreditation Document with its Policies Manual to form a single new manual: The PAB Policies and Procedures Manual. This new manual contains all the PAB policies and procedures and provides guidance on the accreditation process.

The Value of Accreditation

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How it works and how it benefits students and the public; a brief document developed by regional, national and programmatic accrediting organizations, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

CHEA YouTube Video: Accreditation and Its Value To You

Accreditation Toolkit

A publication by CHEA designed to provide information on accreditation to students, faculty, presidents, chancellors, and governing boards of higher education institutions. For updated information broken down by group, please visit: