September 2019
NAAB Attends Canberra Accord Meeting
The South African Council of Architectural Professionals hosted the 7th general meeting of the Canberra Accord on Architectural Education in Bloemfontein, South Africa, August 29-31. David Hinson, FAIA, secretary of the NAAB and chair of its International Committee, represented the NAAB, and Janet Rumbarger, director, international services, attended as the Accord secretariat.

The signatories considered the recommendation from the Accord’s periodic review of the NAAB in April and voted to accept the NAAB’s accreditation system as leading to outcomes substantially equivalent to those of the other signatory systems for a period of six years. In other business, the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Educations (JABEE) was transferred from provisional status to full signatory status, bringing the number of signatories to nine. The next general meeting will be hosted by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 2021.
2019 Fall Visits
The following programs have accreditation visits this fall:

Continuing Accreditation
  • Marywood University, October 19–23

Initial Accreditation
  • Carnegie Mellon University, September 14–18
  • Bowling Green State University, October 12–16
  • Dunwoody College of Technology, October 12–16
  • Lebanese American University, October 12–16
  • Universidad Ana G. Méndez, November 2–6

Continuing Candidacy
  • New York Institute of Technology, October 19-22
  • Kean University, October 26-29

Initial Candidacy
  • Indiana University, October 5-8
  • Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, November 9-12
  • Wenzhou-Kean University, November 16-19

Substantial Equivalency
  • Effat University, November 3-6
  • Hashemite University, November 7-8
  • Jordan University of Science and Technology, November 4-5
  • King Saud University, November 17-20
 
The NAAB will not be hosting any visiting team training sessions until fall 2020. The change from a six-year full term of continuing accreditation to an eight-year term resulted in a two-year “gap” from the first two cohorts of programs to receive an eight-year term (there are three visits in spring 2020). Training will prepare teams for visits under the new 2020 Conditions and Procedures.
2019 Annual Statistical Report
The 2019 Annual Statistical Report opened on Friday, August 30, 2019. Every accredited program, including those in candidacy, is required to complete and submit an annual report by November 30. Individuals responsible for providing the data for their school’s annual report should log in to www.ars.naab.org . If you are newly responsible for completing the annual report and do not have an ARS account, please email annualreport@naab.org .

Programs that have a two-year or five-year Interim Progress Report due in 2019 can download a school-specific template file in the ARS, under the school management tab. The IPR is also due on November 30, 2019.
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ARForum19 recap in Architect  
Architect magazine recently published “Examining Policy, and Values, at an Unprecedented Meeting of the Five Collateral Organizations” recapping the Accreditation Review Forum 2019, held in Chicago in July.