University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts

CRP program ranks high nationally

The Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program at the University of Oregon was recently ranked 9th nationwide recently among programs without a PhD curriculum and 23rd overall.--

The Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program at the University of Oregon was recently ranked 9th nationwide recently among programs without a PhD curriculum and 23rd overall. CRP is one of three master’s programs in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.

The rankings, by Planetizen – a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community – ranked UO’s CRP program among 105 nationwide:

  • 9th in the category of programs without a PhD (generally smaller programs such as Tufts, Virginia, Minnesota)
  • 23rd overall (behind Ohio State and Florida State)
  • 18th according to Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning graduate planning educators.

The ranking methods are based on 30 indicators gleaned from the opinion of planning educators (30 percent of the score); program characteristics such as courses, enrollment, financial aid and number of graduates (30 percent); faculty characteristics such as percentage of PhDs, professional certification and diversity (20 percent); and student characteristics such as retention rate, GPA and GRE scores, acceptance rate and diversity (20 percent).

UO’s PPPM department offers a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy and management and three graduate degrees: public administration, community and regional planning, and nonprofit management. The department also offers a variety of certificate programs including a new one-year certificate in sustainable practices.

The PPPM curriculum emphasizes problem-oriented courses, field-based learning and interdisciplinary study in areas of concentration including: environmental planning and policy; social and health policy; sustainable cities; community development; land use and the built environment.

The program prepares students for a wide variety of careers. This year, for example, two graduates earned placement as Presidential Management Fellows, which includes a full-time federal job, training in a two-year leadership development program and, after two years, a permanent federal career.