Accreditation Standards Review

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is reviewing the accreditation standards for planning programs. This review is done every five years for the purpose of revising and updating the standards as needed. This year PAB has created a task force of practitioners and educators to solicit input from all stakeholders. The task force is sponsorin a series of public forums to collect ideas and recommendations from interested parties.

The forums focus on different topics, although all input is welcome at any of the meetings. The first forum focuses on how diversity, equity and inclusion are incorporated in the standards. Forums 2, 3, and 4 focus on specific standards. The final forum is open to all topics.

Register for December 9 Forum

Public Forums

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Thursday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. – Noon Central Time Zone
  2. Accreditation Standards 2 & 3: Students and Faculty
    Saturday, November 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Central Time Zone
  3. Accreditation Standards 1 & 5: Strategic Planning and Progress, Governance
    Thursday, November 12, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Central Time Zone
  4. Accreditation Standard 4: Curriculum
    Thursday, November 19, Noon – 1:30 p.m. Central Time Zone
  5. Open Topics
    Tuesday, November 24, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Central Time Zone
  6. Undergraduate and Graduate Programs: Should PAB Standards Differ?
    Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Central Time Zone

PAB Standards 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 beginning the process of reviewing its accreditation standards for planning programs. The PAB Standards Task Force conducted 5 Zoom Forums (October through November) to collect ideas and recommendations from interested parties. We’ve added one more forum.

NEW FORUM: Undergraduate and Graduate Programs: Should PAB Standards Differ is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9 @ 4:00pm Central Time Zone.

To register for this forum and view the public forum calendar, please visit 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

(File Download: 338kB)

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

(File Download: 268kB)

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: