Program Review and Redirection Task Force Impact Statement:
Urban and Regional Planning
Impact of Closure of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning
- No faculty appointments will be terminated. This unit currently has 3 faculty members, one in her last year of appointment, one on tenure-track, and one tenured. The two faculty members who would have continued in the Department are engaged in discussions about moving to other departments and are part of the committee that has been appointed by Chancellor Crabtree to recast training in Planning as an interdisciplinary certificate program.
- A transfer for the one staff person will be facilitated through the Office of Human Resources.
- No female or minority faculty are affected; the female staff member will transfer to other employment.
- No new students were admitted to the two-year MSP program in the Fall Semester of 2003, and courses were offered this year to allow all of those in the program to complete their degrees by the end of Spring Semester 2004. Individual arrangements will be made for students who have not completed their degrees by that date.
- The impact of this closure on other programs will be minimal. Urban Studies, an Interdisciplinary program in the College of A&S, relies primarily upon courses offered by other departments and will continue as an IDP.
- The committee appointed by Chancellor Crabtree to recast training in Planning as an interdisciplinary certificate program will give full consideration to the important needs of the state for expertise in urban and regional planning.
- There may be an impact on the Community Partnership Center, which has been physically housed in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The future of this Center should be considered by the Office of Research and the College of Arts & Sciences.
- There will be cost savings from closure of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning which will benefit both the College of Arts & Sciences and the University.
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