Mission, Strategic Planning, and Accreditation

The School of Urban and Regional Planning is a locus of scholars, teachers, practitioners, agents and students committed to the continuous improvement of urban regions and the planning enterprise through research, teaching and service.

The School provides an environment to discuss, develop and disseminate new ideas and concepts, and contribute to the practice of planning directed towards a future that is environmentally, economically and humanly beneficial. The focus of our work relies on the recognition and use of multi-scalar connections and interactions of systems and planning activities. We encourage involvement in a range of governance activities including policy framework development, participatory decision-making and community stewardship. The School seeks to exploit the potential of emerging technologies and collaborative engagement in creative and innovative ways.

Current initiatives range from: global urban networks, climate change, metropolitan form, disaster management, place making, healthy cities, and housing market issues. Our strategic plan previous provides more details about our vision, mission, and goals and objectives.


The School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University aspires to cultivate future leaders and be an innovator in the creation, design, and implementation of solutions to contemporary urban, environmental, and economic challenges.


The School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University is committed to providing leadership in the field of planning through education, research, scholarship,
and community engagement. Our mission is to prepare planning professionals and researchers for national and global practice by promoting the ideals of social responsibility, sustainability, equity, diversity, and public service.

Strategic Planning

The School of Urban and Regional Planning engages in strategic planning process that involves faculty, staff, students, employers, alumni, and American Planning Association section representatives. The plan is updated updated every three years and monitored annually.

LEARN MORE HERE: SURP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 (PDF)

MURP Accreditation

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program is separately accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. The PAB’s site visit team visited the School January 28-31, 2018, to review the program for reaccreditation purposes. The outcome of the review will be determined at the PAB’s meeting in October.