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ASLA Seeks Feedback from Members on LAAB Accreditation Standards Revisions

Pursuant to the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) Accreditation Procedures, LAAB is tasked to conduct ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards to verify they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the education needs of students seeking a career in landscape architecture.

Every five years, LAAB conducts longer-term reviews of the Standards, the primary purpose of which is 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 of its standards.

Later this fall, LAAB will host a public comment review period for the 2016 LAAB Accreditation Standards between November 1 and December 15. In an effort to provide a formal response to the call, ASLA is soliciting input and suggested edits from its members. Through October 1, ASLA will be accepting comments to be considered as part of its formal comment submission to LAAB. After October 1, ASLA will synthesize all comments submitted and provide one complete submission to LAAB during their open call for comment.

ASLA members can submit comment and revisions of the LAAB Accreditation Standards on or before October 1 HERE.

The LAAB accreditation process evaluates each program based on its stated objectives and compliance to externally mandated minimum standards. The program conducts a self-study to assess how well it is meeting its educational goals. LAAB then provides an independent assessment, which determines if a program meets accreditation requirements. Programs leading to first professional degrees at the bachelor's or master's levels in the United States are eligible to apply for accreditation from LAAB. See a list of programs accredited by LAAB.

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