Great news! The School of Urban and Public Affairs’ Master of Public Administration program has earned full reaccreditation through 2018 from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
The accreditation comes after a rigorous one-year peer review process which included an internal review report, a site visit from appointed faculty from other programs, and an external review by the association. The MPA program at UTA is one of just 162 schools recognized with accreditation from NASPAA.
“Accreditation tells our students that they are in a high quality program as well as strengthens the resumes of our alumni,” said David Coursey, director of SUPA’s MPA program.
Learn more about NASPAA and the accreditation process at www.naspaa.org.
New grad students: Come meet the Dean, program directors and advisors at the New Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in University Hall.
We will also discuss the PhD, Urban Affairs, Public Administration and City and Regional Planning program plans, future academic schedules and many lots more about SUPA.
If you plan to attend, RSVP to Christa Barreras at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-5631.
School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty and students came home with two student project awards from the Midwest Texas Section of the American Planning Association’s annual awards banquet on Jan. 20.
The winning projects:
Preston Road Corridor Study: Community Preference Report
Through a community survey and workshop, students gathered the preferences of the citizens of Celina, Texas, for the future form, character and identity of development along State Highway 289 (Preston Road), which passes through Celina. Students found that the community favors complementary elements like native plants, pedestrian-friendly amenities and historic art and signs to add to the community character of Celina. The findings of their study can be used to set the stage for future planning efforts that will determine the form, use, and regulations for future corridor development and design. The Preston Road Corridor Study was a joint project by City and Regional Planning students and the Institute of Urban Studies. Project team: Project Leads Alan Klein and Stephen Pope, along with Danny Brandt, Drew Brawner, Darren Groth, Aaron Ledford, Chris Shacklett, Skye Thibodeaux and Eric Ward. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jianling Li.
Calhoun Lofts Development Plan
The winning students took on the role of a development team by creating a proposal for a four block area on the southeast side of downtown Fort Worth. The team produced an analysis of existing conditions, explored entitlements, performed a market analysis, and produced a site plan and financial pro forma for their project. The team pursued a mixed-use residential and retail project and presented the project to local development experts with a graphic and oral presentation. Project team: Master of City and Regional Planning students Jeremy Lott, Christina Sebastian and Rob Parsons, along with Derek Main, a doctoral student in Geology. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Whittemore.
The Midwest Texas APA annual awards program recognizes outstanding planning efforts, innovative projects, best practices and planning leadership advocacy and education.