Washington, DC (May 13, 2009) – The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is pleased to announce the release of the 2008 Report on Accreditation in Architecture Education. This report, to be produced annually, shares the accreditation decisions made by the NAAB in the previous year, provides a review of the aggregated statistics provided by each accredited program, and reports on other activities. The report is available at www.naab.org.
As stated by NAAB President Douglas L. Steidl, FAIA, “This report represents a new step for the NAAB: proactively presenting information on accreditation actions and accredited programs on an annual basis.” The decisions represented in this report were all made on the basis of visits and Visiting Team Reports submitted in 2008; these decisions were all effective January 1, 2008. There were 29 accreditation visits and eight focused evaluations in 2008 involving over 135 volunteer team members.
The data summaries are based on information submitted in the fall of 2008 through the NAAB’s Annual Report Submission (ARS) system. For the first time, 100% of accredited programs submitted statistical data to the NAAB. Notwithstanding minor adjustments that will be made in time for the 2009 annual reports, the ARS represents a significant step forward in the NAAB’s ability to collect and present data that is consistent, rigorous, verifiable, and comparable.
About NAAB: The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States.