With the excitement of an inspiring historic total solar eclipse to kick off fall semester, we welcome everyone back to campus and wish everyone a successful and rewarding 2017-2018 academic year!
The Master of Community and Regional Planning program this semester will be undergoing a periodic accreditation review by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), which accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning. PAB standards for performance, integrity and quality are developed with input from the public and the PAB’s 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 process involves the preparation of a Self-Study Report, which has already been submitted to the PAB by the MCRP program faculty. The next step is a site visit by a three-person team appointed by the PAB. The site visit for UNL’s MCRP program is scheduled for the end of October. The site visit team will include Professor Emeritus Mark Lapping, Ph.D., in the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine; Professor and Program Leader Mark Wilson, Ph.D., in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at Michigan State University; and Managing Partner Carol Rhea, FAICP, for Orion Planning and Design in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Planning Accreditation Board currently accredits 72 master’s and 16 bachelor’s degree planning programs at 77 North American universities. The MCRP program at UNL was initially accredited by the PAB in 1988, following establishment of the PAB in 1984 and has successfully renewed its accreditation in five successive PAB accreditation reviews in the ensuing years. The MCRP program at UNL is the only planning degree program in Nebraska.