LAAB Seeks Comments on Proposed Accreditation Standards
LAAB is seeking comments on Draft II by July 3, 2008 so that comments can be considered at its July 25-26 meeting. Emails or letters regarding the proposed standards can be sent to Ron Leighton, Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or LAAB, 636 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
LAAB encourages readers to review all of the proposed standards. However, in an effort to expedite your review of the proposed standards, the more significant proposed changes have been highlighted below.
Highlights of Significant Changes
• The proposed standards reduce the number of standards from nine
Please respond by July 3, 2008. LAAB is no longer
taking comments on the proposed standards and sends its thanks to all
who sent comments.
Accreditation is a nongovernmental, voluntary system of self regulation and self-evaluation. Accreditation can be sought at both institutional and specialized levels. Institutional accreditation is concerned with the institution as a whole; specialized accreditation with a specific program. The institution or program conducts a self-study to evaluate how well it is meeting its educational objectives. The accrediting agency then provides an independent assessment of that evaluation.
The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) is a specialized accrediting agency that accredits educational programs leading to first professional degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s level. Therefore, in addition to assessing how well a program meets its own specific and institutional educational mission and objectives, accreditation evaluates all programs against standards that ensure the essential educational components leading to entry level professional competence. These standards are developed by the community of interest consensus and are regularly reviewed and assessed. More
Programs in Landscape Architecture
LAAB Accreditation Standards (pdf) (effective January 1, 2005)
LAAB is reinvigorating the Roster of Visiting Evaluators and is accepting
applications from interested candidates in all three ROVE categories (see
below). LAAB encourages landscape architecture faculty at LAAB accredited
programs to nominate qulaified academic administrators at their schools
Landscape Architecture Educators - must hold a first-professional degree in landscape architecture or be a licensed landscape architect, teach in a currently LAAB accredited landscape architecture program and hold the minimum rank of tenured associate professor.
Academic Administrators - must be current or former administrators at the rank of assistant or associate dean who are non-landscape architects and hold terminal degrees in their respective fields. Academic administrators must be affiliated with an institution that has at least one program currently accredited by LAAB.
Practitioners - must hold a first professional degree in landscape architecture or are licensed landscape architects and have at least five full years of practice experience. Practitioners may be from either public or private sectors.
Please read the complete qualifications and job description document. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and complete ROVE application form to Ron Leighton, Education Director, LAAB, 636 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 or email to email@example.com.