Cal Poly Pomona

P&R Responses for recommendation 60

Recommendation 60
Department Urban and Regional Planning
Consensus Opinion 9 out of 9 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation Opposed to stable funding recommendation; seeking enhanced funding.

Increases in funding for the BS program are required because student numbers have exploded since the P&R data collection period. The growth is associated with pressing issues in California concerning growth management, infrastructure, and environmental sustainability. Stable funding will cause the program to lose accreditation.

The undergraduate program has grown from 208 students in Fall 2005 to 303 students in Fall 2007 (45% growth over a two year period). In Fall 2005, the P&R report indicated that there were 47 new enrollments; Fall 2007 new enrollments (including changes of major) are 85. This suggests a program size of 340 students as these cohorts move through the program. The department has not received any additional tenure track positions during this time.

The student/faculty ratio required by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)for undergraduate programs is 15:1. In the Department’s 2006 annual report to PAB, a student/faculty ratio of 27.3:1 was reported. The ratio will be even higher this year. The department will be hosting an accreditation self study team in 2009. This problem needs to be rectified by the time of that review.

National rankings of undergraduate planning programs do not exist, but the results of the URP graduate program are relevant, since the programs share faculty and pedagogical approach. URP’s graduate program was ranked by Planetizen as the top graduate planning program in the CSU, 22nd nationwide.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is the largest planning program in California, provides the only accredited undergraduate program in Southern California, and provides access to the profession for a diverse population of students. The department’s leadership in sustainability, smart growth, and infrastructure responds to the highest priorities of the State. It is truly a program of distinction for Cal Poly Pomona.

The department is playing an important role in bringing sustainability issues to other colleges and would like to expand that role in the future by building bridges to other colleges. With current funding, however, the department is forced to prioritize timely graduation of existing students over outreach.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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