NCARB Board Reviews Simplification Proposals for Council Programs

April 2014 Board of Directors Meeting 

15 May 2014

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors convened on April 24-26 to address strategic issues, including suggested simplification options for the Intern Development Program (IDP), the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program, and the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program; next steps from the Licensure Task Force regarding its research into an additional “licensure at graduation” path; the ARE 5.0 transition plan for candidates; the FY15 budget; and resolutions to be presented for vote by the membership at the June 2014 Annual Business Meeting.

Strategic Initiatives

  • The Board reviewed and moved forward proposed modifications to the Intern Development Program. The changes will be presented the 54 member jurisdictions at the Council’s Annual Business Meeting in June, and then be sent out for a 90-comment period for them to formally respond and provide input.
  • The Board also heard proposals to reduce the burden and cost of the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Programs. Options will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting and have a comment period. Changes to these two programs will require a formal resolution at a future Annual Business Meeting.
  • The Council is also considering a Broadly Experienced Internship Program. A special project team is in the process of doing further research for the Board.
  • The Council’s Licensure Task Force will head into its second year focusing on identifying schools of architecture interested in partnering to develop a program that allows students to receive a license to practice upon graduation from an architecture school.
  • The Board reviewed the transition plan from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0 before it was publicly announced in early May. The plan provides over two years notice to candidates before ARE 5.0 launches and at least 18 months of dual delivery with ARE 4.0 before it is retired on 30 June 2018.

General Board Business

  • Treasurer Margo P. Jones presented the current state of the Council’s finances to the Board. At the end of March, the Council’s income was 2.67 percent above budgeted projections and expenses were 2.64 percent below projections.
  • The Council repaid its line of credit five years ahead of schedule, which allowed the Council to add funds to its Long-term Reserve Fund for the first time in more than a decade.
  • CEO Michael Armstrong presented the FY15 budget for the Board’s initial review. The Board will vote on the budget when it meets after the Annual Business Meeting.
  • The Board approved funding for 2014 IDP Coordinators Conference, which the Council hosts jointly with the American Institute of Architects. The conference will take place 31 July-2 August 2014.
  • The Board approved a modification to the Education Guidelines recommended by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to clarify opportunities for coursework that can be used to overcome education deficiencies.
  • The Board voted to move forward five resolutions for Member Board consideration in June. They relate to Bylaws changes, freezing member boards’ dues, and amendments to the Certification Guidelines.

CEO Report

  • NCARB’s secure services have been unaffected by the Heatbleed bug.
  • The theme of the 95th Annual Business Meeting will be “Making History.” At the meeting, the Council will kick off a countdown to its 100th anniversary in 2019.
  • The Council is looking for a new vendor for its Monograph program for continuing education. Plans are underway to create new mini-monographs and offer them free to active Certificate holders.
  • In February, the Council launched a blog.
  • In March, the communications team launched the “Getting It Done!” campaign to highlight tips and tools available to help interns shorten their time to licensure.
  • In July 2014, exam scores from before 2006 will expire as result of a resolution past by NCARB’s Member Board in 2009.
  • Data from our readership survey suggests that Council communications are the appropriate length and more targeted communications based on audiences are preferred monthly.

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