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LAAB: Mission, Identity and Values

Mission

The mission of the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) is to evaluate, advocate for, and advance the quality of education in landscape architectural programs.

Identity

The LAAB is the accrediting organization for landscape architectural programs. As such, the LAAB develops standards to objectively evaluate landscape architectural programs and judges whether a school’s landscape architectural program is in compliance with the accreditation standards.

The LAAB is comprised of landscape architecture practitioners and academicians, representatives from landscape architecture collateral organizations and public representatives. The collateral organizations are the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).

Values

To achieve our mission, the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board seeks to:

  • hold itself to high standards and ethical behavior.
  • uphold the standards it establishes in a non-punitive manner.
  • support diversity in all its many forms.
  • promote self-examination and self-analysis of programs and curriculum.
  • aspire to achieve educational excellence as a predicate to professional excellence.
  • encourage education that prepares students to succeed in a changing world.

Diploma and Accreditation Mills  

What is a ''diploma mill?" Why should you avoid them? And how can you tell if a degree program has no value?

Diploma mills," also known as "degree mills," tend to have drastically lower requirements for academic coursework, with some even allowing their students to purchase credentials without any education.
Students may be required to purchase textbooks, submit homework, and take tests, but degrees are nonetheless conferred after little or no study.
 
Diploma mills are motivated by profit and often claim accreditation by non-recognized or unapproved accrediting bodies ("accreditation mills") set up for the purposes of providing an appearance of authenticity.

Avoiding Diploma and Accreditation Mills

Several national and international bodies publish lists of accreditors that are known to lack the necessary legal authority or recognition. Most legitimate accrediting organizations in the United States are recognized by either the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.

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