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LAAB Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Revisions of Accreditation Standards

At its April 2021 meeting, the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) approved draft revisions to its Accreditation Standards.

LAAB Accreditation Standards 2021 Revisions (proposed revision – clean version)

LAAB Accreditation Standards 2021 Revisions (proposed revisions – track changes)

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

LAAB is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its Standards to verify that they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the educational needs of landscape architecture students and the profession as a whole. At a minimum of every five years, LAAB conducts in-depth reviews to determine if the current Standards, when viewed as a whole and individually, are adequate to assess the quality of landscape architecture degree programs.

In May 2020, LAAB was completing its Standards revision process when the murder of George Floyd and the racial justice protests that followed pushed every institution to look deep within themselves and their work to ensure they were part of the response and progress toward racial and social justice in the United States. Because several of the changes were time-sensitive, LAAB adopted and published its 2021 Accreditation Standards in January 2021. In light of recent and continuing developments around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as well as continuing to make improvements to assessment and transparency metrics, LAAB believed it was imperative to continue considering additional changes to the Standards, specifically:

  • DEI: While the revised Standards now include DEI explicitly as a component of accreditation, LAAB continued discussion on DEI through five (5) Town Hall Meetings in Fall 2020, and formed a Diversity subcommittee to work on continued Standards revisions pertaining to DEI.
  • Curriculum: To address DEI and also better align with higher education accreditation practices, LAAB sought to develop appropriate tools/methods to assess curriculum in a more inclusive manner without being prescriptive. A Curriculum Assessment subcommittee was developed and worked in collaboration with: ASLA Committee on Education, CLARB, and CELA.

LAAB will host and record a webinar on Thursday, May 6 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will provide an overview of the proposed revisions. While the webinar will not be a venue to submit comments, participants can ask questions to clarify their understanding of the proposed revisions.

Register for the webinar here.

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