An unprecedented daylong Education Summit of planning leaders was held September 11, 2003, in Chicago. The meeting brought together representatives of the American Planning Association, the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
The summit was convened prior to the APA Fall Leadership Conference to explore the direction of planning education over the next five years. A white paper on the outcomes is planned.
Planning Accreditation Board Chair Frederick Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Texas at Austin, was the summit keynote speaker.
APA was represented by members of the APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission, Divisions Council, Chapter Presidents Council, Professional Development Officers, and members of the APA Student Representatives Council executive committee.
The Education Summit was designed to answer the following questions:
- Why is education important to APA and to planners?
- What is our organization trying to accomplish with its planning education program?
- What are the standards for planning education?
- What topic areas are not being addressed, and how can APA address them?
- Where do we want our planning education program to be in five years?
The agenda for the summit allowed attendees to examine these issues through presentations and exercises, as well as through the review of background materials.