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NAAB News, Spring 2024

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NAAB is excited to announce its spring and summer 2024 accreditation trainings! Join us for four new trainings, designed for programs at different stages of the accreditation process. Each training will be a live, online event and will be offered twice, with time for discussion and Q&A. Learn more about all four trainings and register here #Feature
NAAB seeks a Public Director for the term of January 1, 2025–December 31, 2027. Nominees should be individuals whose business or professional activity is not in the field of higher education and who are not engaged in the practice or professional study of architecture. Nominees should not be affiliated with an institution or program that applied for candidacy, is in candidacy, or is accredited by NAAB. Nominations are due June 1, 2024. Learn more here . #Feature
NAAB is currently seeking Board Director nominations from ACSA, AIA, and NCARB for an individual to serve a three-year term on the NAAB Board, January 1, 2025– December 31, 2027 , and from AIAS for an individual to serve a two-year term on the NAAB Board, January 1, 2025–December 31, 2026. Nominations are due June 1, 2024. Individuals interested in being nominated should read below to learn more about serving as a Board director or visiting team member and should reach out to the following contacts to inquire about being nominated: ACSA: Mike Monti , Executive Director AIA: Vicky Schneider , Strategic Advisor AIAS: Colt Brock ...
In May 2023 NAAB sent out a call for comment on proposed revisions to Condition 4.2 of the 2020 Conditions for Accreditation . We received a number of comments, some of them complex, raising important issues with respect to the proposal that required additional research. NAAB has revised the proposal for which we are seeking further feedback. Background: May 2023 Call for Comment and Response In May 2023, NAAB issued a public comment on a proposal to remove language in Condition 4.2, which states: “NAAB-accredited professional degree programs have the exclusive right to use the B.Arch., M.Arch., and/or D.Arch. titles, which are recognized by the public ...
NAAB is excited to introduce our new in-depth workshop, designed to help programs develop an effective, robust process of program-level assessment. This three-hour course will be delivered virtually on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 10:00am–1:00pm EST. The cost of the workshop is $200 per participant. Who should attend? This workshop is designed for both participants who are new to program assessment and those who would like to evaluate their existing program assessment process against current best practices. Why now? NAAB’s 2020 Conditions require programs to engage in a process of continuous improvement by using outcomes-based assessment of ...
The Fundamentals of Program-Level Assessment NAAB is excited to introduce our new in-depth workshop, designed to help programs develop an effective, robust process of program-level assessment. This three-hour course will be delivered virtually on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 10:00am–1:00pm EST. The cost of the workshop is $200 per participant. Who should attend? This workshop is designed for both participants who are new to program assessment and those who would like to evaluate their existing program assessment process against current best practices. Why now? NAAB’s 2020 Conditions require programs to engage in a process of continuous improvement ...
Program Directors, As the topic of alternative paths to licensure trends across industries, it is becoming increasingly timely in our own field . As you may be aware, NCARB and the Minnesota licensing board are planning to come together as soon as January to explore removing higher education requirements for licensure. Register here to join NAAB and your colleagues for a virtual session on The Value of Architectural Accreditation and Emerging Trends in Credentialing on Tuesday, January 16 from 5pm to 7pm ET NAAB values both the role of credentialing in providing quality assurance for public safety and the importance of diversity & inclusion in ...

ICert News, December 2023

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Effective January 1, 2024, NAAB is returning to on-site visits for accreditation. The following 18 programs have a NAAB Continuing Accreditation Visit taking place this Spring: Drury University (M.Arch.) Kean University (M.Arch.) Massachusetts College of Art and Design (M.Arch.) Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (B.Arch.) Portland State University (M.Arch.) Princeton University (M.Arch.) University at Buffalo- The State University of New York (M.Arch.) University of North Carolina at Charlotte (M.Arch.) University of California at Berkeley (M.Arch.) University of Cincinnati (M.Arch.) University of Idaho (M.Arch.) University of ...

NAAB News, December 2023

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It is with great honor that I assume the role of President of the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) for the 2023-2024 term, alongside a distinguished volunteer board of directors , and with the support of our highly dedicated and skilled staff . In the upcoming year, NAAB is poised to reintroduce in-person visits for accreditation and international certification. We are committed to maximizing critical investments in accreditation management systems, focusing on innovation, transparency, cost-effectiveness, and responsiveness. Our emphasis at NAAB will be on fostering collaborative relationships with programs, enhancing communication, and creating ...

NAAB News, October 2023

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I have heard that at the end of their tenure, some organization officers have the sense that the time of their service passed at lightning speed. Closing out my year of service, my sense is that time has certainly not flown by, and that is a good thing, as much has been accomplished. Program Site Visits The largest cycle of 32 accreditation visits under the 2020 Conditions and Procedures and two International Certification (ICert) visits was completed earlier this spring. Fourteen accreditation visits and one ICert visit are currently underway in the fall 2023 cycle while NAAB staff simultaneously plan for 18 accreditation and ICert in-person site visits ...

NAAB News, Summer Edition 2023

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As we look to the beginning of another academic year, I am pleased to share with you an update on NAAB’s efforts in delivering quality assurance services for architecture education. With immense gratitude to our volunteers who bring subject matter expertise to the evaluation process of site visits, NAAB successfully completed its largest cycle since the new Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation were announced at the beginning of 2020. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff was there every step of the way, supporting teams, programs, and the board of directors in the accreditation process. We are receiving positive feedback from NAAB programs who have embraced ...
NAAB is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Officers

Expanding NAAB Accreditation

Increasing access to architecture programs is at the center of NAAB’s core values by promoting diversity and inclusion. At the April 2023 Board of Directors meeting, NAAB granted initial accreditation to the Master of Architecture program at Fairmont State University (FSU) and the Bachelor of Architecture program at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT). These programs, housed at public institutions, are designed to increase access to architecture education. The new Master of Architecture program at FSU is the first NAAB-accredited, professional architecture program in West Virginia, one of 35 licensing jurisdictions that require a NAAB-accredited ...

Accreditation Resource Updates

New Example of Assessment Report for PCs and SCs Available on NAAB Resources Webpage In response to requests from programs, NAAB has posted a new tool on its Accreditation Resources webpage. This new tool, a table for assessment planning and reporting, is one example of a method that programs may use to describe and report on their assessment process for individual program and student criteria. Updated Guidance for Facilitating Self-Assessment of SC.5 and SC.6 NAAB student criteria SC.5 Design Synthesis and SC.6 Building Integration relate specifically to how a program ensures that students develop the ability to make design decisions while synthesizing ...
On January 31, 2020, the NAAB Board of Directors approved the 2020 Conditions for Accreditation and Procedures for Accreditation. As we continue to implement the new criteria, NAAB is committed to making improvements to the accreditation experience by streamlining our process and further aligning accreditation policies and procedures with national accreditation norms and practices. To support accredited programs; programs pursuing NAAB accreditation, and our visiting teams, NAAB engages in a robust process of continuous improvement. We seek feedback from teams and programs after each assessment cycle, we listen to questions and issues raised at our monthly ...