In response to Aaron Betsky’s October 29 column in Architect magazine, the NAAB and ACSA are not merging.
Any organization, whether it is the accrediting agency or the institutions supporting accredited programs, with a stake in specialized and professional accreditation today must continually evaluate and assess its processes and costs. The talks between NAAB and ACSA announced last year now include the AIA, AIAS and NCARB (representing NAAB's funding collaterals). A joint task force – composed of all five organizations – considered funding options, governance structure and board composition.
The NAAB directors received the task force’s report, took action on the recommendations at the most recent meeting, and now await responses from the other four organizations.