LAAB Accreditation Standards: Last Call for Comments on Proposed Revisions

by Kristopher D. Pritchard

ASLA 2020 Student Collaboration Award of Excellence. Designing a Green New Deal. University of Pennsylvania.

The Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) wants to hear what you think about the proposed revisions to its Accreditation Standards.

At its April 2021 meeting, LAAB approved draft revisions to its Accreditation Standards. Before these revisions are finalized and published, LAAB collects input from its communities of interest and determines if the revisions are adequate or if any additional revisions are needed.

LAAB will review comments and vote on final revisions later this year with an expected publish date of January 2022.

Please submit comments no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, May 28, 2021 using this form.

LAAB hosted a Standards Revision webinar on May 6, 2021. Current LAAB board members provided an overview of the proposed revisions and answered participants’ questions. Interested parties are encouraged to view the webinar recording prior to submitting comments:

Pursuant to the LAAB Accreditation Procedures, LAAB is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards to verify they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the educational needs of landscape architecture students.

Every five years, LAAB conducts long-term reviews to determine if the current standards, when viewed as a whole and individually, are adequate to assess the quality of landscape architecture education programs and pertinent to the education and training needs of students. LAAB last approved revisions to the standards in 2016 as part of its periodic review.

Faculty, students, ASLA members, and non-members may use this review period to advocate for changes to the curriculum in university programs that will better prepare landscape architecture students for practice.

We look forward to receiving your comments.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact Kristopher Pritchard.

Kristopher D. Pritchard is Accreditation and Education Director at the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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