Noteworthy Practice Recognition
The Planning Accreditation Board highlights the Community and Regional Planning Program’s Planners-in-Residence program as a “Noteworthy Practice” under the “Student Engagement in the Profession” category. The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning. ECU’s B.S. Community and Regional Planning program is the only accredited undergraduate program in North Carolina and one of only 15 in the nation.
“Since the last accreditation, the Program has brought in two “Planners in Residence” (PIR) to teach and mentor students. The current PIRs are alumni and serve as a critical connection to the professional planning community in Eastern North Carolina, enhancing the Program’s relevance. The Planners in Residence program contracts two alumni planning professionals with extensive professional planning experience. These individuals retain their full-time positions as practitioners while teaching classes and mentoring students. This effort provides the Program with studio and practicum class resources and students with opportunities to work on applied planning projects. The value of the current PIRs extends beyond the classroom and includes mentoring and professional networking that provides a clear path to internship and employment opportunities. The PIR program is a well-known asset beyond the Program and was noted by the Department, College, and University administrators and the very engaged alumni network. For more information on the Planners in Residence, click here.” (the content copied from the website).