Cal Poly Pomona

P&R Responses for recommendation 57

Recommendation 57
Department Landscape Architecture
Consensus Opinion 16 out of 16 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation • The Department concurs with the committee’s recommendation to enhance funding for the graduate program. Enhanced funding will enable the graduate program to fulfill its strategic plan, fill significant staffing gaps and continue to meet and exceed national accreditation standards.
• The recommendation correctly identifies the need for faculty within the landscape architecture graduate program. Given trends in the growth of student population that have emerged since the data collected for this process and the realized growth [with further potential] of our program coupled with the loss of full-time faculty the department requires enhanced funding.
• Accreditation findings to support enhanced funding.
• The Department of Landscape Architecture agrees with the committee that the department has the potential to sustain a larger leadership role across the University. The department embraces the suggestion by the P&R report of cross-disciplinary activities. Our current associations that have been cultivated for many years with Architecture, Planning, LCRS, GIS, Art are poised for further development and growth. These relationships are appropriately positioned to facilitate an effective leadership role across the university. The Department of Landscape Architecture believes that we should build on what we are doing well including building upon existing relationships of evolving environmental issues as opposed to constructing a new structure that disassembles 50 years of progress. With enhanced funding, as supported by trends, the department would be positioned to take this larger leadership role across campus. The proposed alliances do not build upon the direction and reputation of the department and its mission of sustainable design and “regenerating Los Angeles.” It is in the best interest of our students and program to maintain our current associations within the College of ENV and not move to a College of Agricultural, Natural, and Environmental Sciences. Although we encourage more collaboration with Biology and Agriculture, we are convinced that our ability to draw from the College of Environmental Design’s closely related disciplines in architecture, urban and regional planning, art, and regenerative studies is the best seedbank for future distinctive accomplishments.
• The P&R report authors misinterpreted data provided. We have a strong and clear mission of “regenerating Los Angeles.” The program’s focus is multi-scaled ecological design rather than the small-scale technical training of irrigation and ornamental horticulture. The Department disagrees that the graduate program should focus on new alliances with these programs. While the benefits to those programs is clear, following this recommendation would represent a diversion from the graduate program’s mission. The graduate program’s role as an accredited program establishes clearly defined course requirements by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. None of the programs proposed for inclusion into the Graduate program of Landscape Architecture have an expressed mission of anything aligned with our program. Our department’s mission is not enhanced by the proposed new alliances.
• The department disagrees that the faculty does not represent student diversity. The hiring of a new tenure track faculty member since the report was written will better reflect gender diversity of the graduate students.

Data Correction: The graduate program admits 20 students per year, not 2 as written in the P&R report.

Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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