NCARB Board Reviews Budget and Modifications to Key Programs

April 2013 Board of Directors Meeting

2 May 2013

On 18-20 April 2013, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Board of Directors met to review potential modifications to the Intern Development Program (IDP), review the Broadly Experience Architect (BEA) Program fee structure, and vote on resolutions that will be presented to Member Boards at the Annual Meeting in June.

General Board Business

  • Treasurer Dennis Ward updated the Board on the Council’s finances. Currently, income is above budget and expenses are below budget.
  • Ward presented a draft budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in July 2013. The balanced FY14 budget is projected to be $22.7 million, which is $2.2 million higher than FY13 due to planned system development and ARE vendor transition costs. There are no planned fee increases. Final approval of the FY14 budget will be in June.
  • The Board took disciplinary action against one exam candidate for violating test center regulations regarding accessing study materials during the examination. The Board canceled the exam score and suspended test-taking privileges for six months.
  • The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) will be made available in London, Hong Kong, and Abu Dhabi later this year. The fee to take an exam in one of these locations is $310.
  • The Board heard a report outlining key factors under consideration for a future version of the ARE including guiding principles for appointment times, testing methodologies, item types, and knowledge areas. Member Boards will receive an update at the Annual Meeting.
  • The Board reviewed two recommendations from the Internship Committee for modifications to IDP requirements for eligibility to participate in the program. Both recommendations will be released for Member Board comment before a final decision is made.
  • The Board reviewed the resolutions that will be considered by Member Boards at the Annual Meeting, including the draft of a new mutual recognition agreement with Canada.
    New BEA Fee Structure
    Subject Area    Fee 
    Design   $3,500
    Technical Systems   $1,285
    History and Theory   $750
    Practice   $500
    General Education   $500
    Fee capped at:   $5,000
  • President-elect Blake Dunn outlined proposed charges and volunteer appointments for FY14 committees. There will be a record high of recently licensed architects and interns serving on next year’s committees.
  • The Board approved a new fee structure for the BEA Program. The new structure will assess fees only for the area of education deficiency determined through the education evaluation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Check the chart to the right for the new fee structure by subject area.

CEO Update

  • Sixteen schools have signed up to pilot the new student-coordinator position. The pilot is being done in partnership with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
  • Special project teams are getting underway to assess opportunities for efficiencies within the IDP and BEA Program.
  • The Council has received positive feedback on its contribution to NAAB’s 2013 Accreditation Review Conference. [Read]
  • The new ARE vendor partnership will give NCARB direct access to examination data, which has never been available before. Insights from the data will be included in future editions of NCARB by the Numbers.
  • The ARE Directorate has been renamed the Examination Directorate as part of work force assessment efforts. The effort led to a 10 percent reduction in staffing for the directorate.

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