Mission, Strategic Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, and Accreditation

The School of Urban and Regional Planning is a place where scholars, teachers, practitioners, and students come together to find ways to improve urban regions and advance the planning profession 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 toward a future that is environmentally, economically, and socially beneficial. We encourage involvement in a range of governance activities including plan making, policy 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.

Examples of current initiatives involve impacts of climate change and sea level rise, transit oriented development, transportation safety, disaster management, health and the built environment, and housing market issues.


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 every three years and monitored annually. The strategic plan provides details about our aspirations for the School.

LEARN MORE HERE: SURP Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Diversity and Inclusion Plan

The School of Urban and Regional Planning is committed to diversity and inclusionary practices throughout its programs. The School’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan outlines how we implement this commitment with respect to faculty and staff, students, curriculum, outreach, and research. For more information, please contact the chair of the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Dr. Lilah Besser, at lbesser@fau.edu.

LEARN MORE HERE: SURP Diversity and Inclusion Plan

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 in January 2018 to review the program for reaccreditation purposes. The Program was subsequently reaccredited for the maximum possible period of seven years.