Vision of the Urban and Regional Planning Program

The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning program is the preferred program of choice in the state of Florida providing the highest quality graduate education for careers in urban and regional planning. With a contemporary curriculum, innovative instruction, scholarly and applied research, and community service the program continues to develop a national model of community partnership and service in an evolving metropolitan environment.

Mission of the Urban and Regional Planning Program

The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning program seeks to provide quality graduate training to current and prospective professionals in public, private, and nonprofit urban planning organizations. The proposed program is designed to address the local need for professionally trained planners. The curriculum focuses on an interdisciplinary approach towards creating opportunities for students to explore current issues related to urban growth and development and become leaders in planning subfields, such as transportation, planning of healthy communities, and environmental planning.

Values

In a spirit of collegiality and collaboration, the URP program develops effective partnerships with our local community, other college and university departments, and the academic community at large. All aspects of our programs promote leadership through adherence to democratic principles and the highest standards of ethical conduct.  The URP program values diversity and multiculturalism with an active outreach and recruitment effort to meet diversity goals.

The Strategic Planning Process

The urban and regional planning program has been engaged in developing a strategic plan. Members of the advisory board, faculty, staff, and students participated in this process to guide the direction of the program for the next three academic years. Participants conducted the assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. They then identified the strategic issues facing the program and formulated them into four goal areas.

Work groups were created to address each of the four goal areas. The task for each group was to develop objectives and strategies for each goal. The draft of the strategic plan was discussed in detail and the planning advisory board approved this draft of the plan, which was submitted to the faculty of the School of Public Administration for approval in May.

This plan reflects over a year of work and the efforts from multiple stakeholders, who are dedicated to addressing the strategic issues facing the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Central Florida. The plan’s identified strategic issues will be used as a basis in formatting the agenda of each planning advisory board meeting.

Urban and Regional Planning Program Strategic Plan 2012-2017

The urban and regional program’s current goals and objectives include the following:

  • Goal 1: Accreditation
    • To complete the letter of application for candidacy status to the Planning Accreditation Board
    • To complete the self-study report
    • Host outside-reviewers for accreditation process
  • Goal 2: Financial enhancement
    • Create a minimum of one new scholarship each year
    • Create one endowed scholarship every five years
    • Design a plan to enhance program quality
    • Host distinguished lecture series
    • Expand partnerships with local chapters of professional associations
  • Goal 3: Community engagement
    • Develop and implement a strategic plan for marketing the M.S.URP program
    • Provide continuing educational programs for non-degree seeking students
    • Conduct two community-based hands- on projects every year
    • Establish at least one long-term partnership for ongoing collaboration
    • Establish ongoing relationships with the medical community for planning healthy communities
  • Goal 4: Program Innovation
    • Strengthen relationships with the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and the Institute of Government
    • Continue applied research field or service learning projects annually
    • Provide opportunities for enhancing student experience in the program annually
    • Establish a student association in planning
    • Strengthen the curriculum
    • Explore the dual degree options
    • Engage faculty and advisory board members in the development of a more innovative curriculum annually

Note: The objectives in the full plan each contain measures and time for completion, which the advisory board uses for assessment.