Community and Regional Planning (BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Become proficient with the techniques used for communication among stakeholders for efficient and effective public dialog, and to be able to effectively communicate concepts and analytical findings to audiences of various backgrounds and technical competencies.

  • 1.1 Effectively speak to various audiences and stakeholders.
  • 1.2 Explain findings, concepts and complex policies through written communication in various texts such as technical reports, memorandum and community plans.
  • 1.3 Use graphics and images coming from a variety of sources (GIS and cartography software, hand-drawn charts, desktop publishing) that enhance written and oral communication, as well as stand independently.

2. Students will understand the complex relationships among society, the built environment and the natural environment.

  • 2.1 Describe the ability of planning to bring about a built environment that is socially and environmentally sustainable, focused on the principles of Smart Growth.
  • 2.2 Describe the ability of planning to conserve, preserve and enhance the natural environment using the best available practices that incorporates collaboration as well as incentive and regulation.
  • 2.3 Describe the ability of planning to foster a positive social environment that enhances interpersonal relationships, builds stronger communities and creates a participatory and democratic development process

3. Understand and use the tools of planning to analyze and navigate the world of planning, to include the qualitative and quantitative methods used to collect, analyze and synthesize the many facets of planning

  • 3.1 Be equally comfortable with qualitative and quantitative methods used to collect, analyze, synthesize and communicate information.
  • 3.2 Collect, analyze and communicate information using a variety of technologies and field methods.
  • 3.3 Understand that building personal, professional, social and institutional relationships is key to success.
  • 3.4 Understand the multidisciplinary nature of planning and apply this multidisciplinary knowledge toward the social, built and natural environments.