2018 National Planning Conference

Innovation in Planning Education and Accreditation

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 10:45 a.m. - noon CDT

Location: 223

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188116


  • What a "culture of innovation" really means
  • Strategies to foster innovation in planning programs, which will lead to longer-term innovations in the profession
  • How to deal with the challenges and opportunities involved in accreditation of planning programs


Since 1984, the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) has accredited planning-degree programs in North America. There are currently 72 accredited master’s and 16 accredited bachelor’s programs at 77 universities. PAB’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan includes the goal to “promote and encourage a culture of innovation in program content and delivery.” During this session, the Planning Accreditation Board will engage planning professionals, educators, students, and other constituents in exploring the topic of innovation within the profession and the academy. Have planning programs been able to adapt and evolve to meet market demands, technological innovations, and community transformations? Has accreditation been a motivator or barrier to this effort? If so, how? How will innovation in planning programs lead to innovation in the field? Explore how accreditation can foster innovation in planning education, resulting in innovation in the field.

Session Speakers

Connie P. Ozawa
Portland State University
Portland, OR

Bruce A. Knight, FAICP
City of Champaign
Champaign, IL

Zenia Kotval, FAICP
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Alexander K. Lieber, AICP
AKRF, Inc.
New York, NY

Jesmarie Johnson
Planning Accreditation Board
Chicago, IL

Edward G. Goetz
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

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