Training students to become citizen and professional planners through a process that emphasizes skill development, civic engagement, experiential learning and practical knowledge.
The IUP Regional Planning Program strives to be the best undergraduate program in the Mid-Atlantic.
Curriculum should be oriented to the development of professional skills, expanding, community outreach and student needs.
Objective: Streamline core curriculum of the Regional Planning program to improve course access and facilitate timely program completion.
Objective: Redefine and increase planning content within our two program concentrations.
Objective: Redesign course content to better focus on local municipal planning practice and functions.
Strengthen students’ critical thinking, technical, writing and communication skills.
Objective: Assess student learning in written, oral and visual communication.
Objective: Expand the pallet of technical tools within the program.
Create an environment where interaction and exchange between students, faculty, planning professionals and the community at large is encouraged, supported and maintained.
Objective: Increase student and faculty participation in the PSO.
Objective: Increase interaction and exchange between the PSO and “sister” organizations.
Objective: Involve PSO members in professional and community outreach activities.
Objective: Maintain cohort and inter-cohort identification among planning students.
Increase recruitment to an average of 15 students per cohort while actively recruiting a more diverse student body.
Objective: Use existing media channels and other opportunities to increase program exposure while highlighting faculty and student accomplishments.
Objective: Target and distribute program media to high schools and community colleges throughout the state and Southwest Pennsylvania.
Objective: Develop systematic procedures and mechanisms to collect and report program data.
Expand, enhance and maintain relationships between the planning program, local communities, planning professionals and program alumni.
Objective: Establish formal agreements between the Regional Planning program and community partners.
Promote applied research funding and visibility to enhance student learning, faculty scholarship, professional development and community engagement.
Recognize scholarship activities appropriate to a professional degree program such as Regional Planning and facilitate a scholarship of engagement.
Objective: Reward faculty for securing research grant funding for student support, equipment and student professional development.
Objective: Increase exposure of Regional Planning faculty research activities and student community service projects