University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Department History

The Lila Acheson Wallace School of Community Service and Public Affairs (CSPA)

The School of Community Service and Public Affairs opened in 1967. It was organized into three divisions, each with several program and content areas. They were:

  • Community Service Division with programs in Community Service and Social Work. Concentrations were in applied methods, human growth and development, research, social problem analysis and field experience. Focal areas developed later were Family and Children's Services, Community Mental Health Planning and Services, and Corrections.
  • Public Affairs and International Development with two majors: Public Affairs and Administration major and the International Development major; this division included options for community development, national development, or regional development.
  • Leisure and Cultural Services, with program areas in community recreation, and cultural arts administration--program planning and administration in leisure facilities such as community art centers, cultural arts coordinators in a public recreation agency, community or state arts council assistants or museum coordinators, senior citizen centers and youth organizations.


The Department of Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning began in 1966 at the initiative of Fred Cuthbert, Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Cuthbert hired William Dale to serve as the first head and sole faculty member of the program. In 1969, Richard Ragatz took over as Head and two additional positions were filled, giving the Department the necessary FTE required for AIP recognition. The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree was recognized by the American Planning Association in 1970.

In 1973, David Povey took over as Department Head, and was soon joined by Maradel Gale and John Baldwin. With their common interests in environmental planning and policy, this became a special focus of the department, which continues today. Povey had a deep interest in field based or service learning. He developed an alternative to the conventional studio model of planning education by finding opportunities for students to work in controlled situations for real clients and real projects, which were supervised by faculty members. He called this experience Community Planning Workshop (CPW). The MURP received its first accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board in 1987.


Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management

The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management was officially established in 1982. Hendricks, October 2010PPPM was created from the merger of the Wallace School of Community Service and Public Affairs (CSPA) and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The new Department was located in the then School of Architecture and Allied Arts (now College of Design) to form PPPM. The new department was authorized to offer the University's accredited professional master's degrees in urban planning and in public affairs as well as the BA/BS in planning, public policy and management.

The synergy created by bringing together faculty and students from planning and public affairs has been a vitalizing force for PPPM. We are the only department in the West that offers accredited degrees in both of these programs. Although faculty members are primarily identified with one program or the other, their backgrounds and interests are highly complementary. Students from both graduate programs, as well as the undergraduate program, are encouraged to take courses across the department's offerings and to make use of the entire faculty for academic and professional advice.

The department continues to develop and evolve. In 1994 the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program was established. In 2001 the degree for the Public Policy and Management Program was changed from an M.A. or M.S. in Public Affairs to a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Also in 2001, the department was granted approval from the Oregon University System to offer a one-year graduate certificate program in Not-for-Profit Management. In April 2011 the department officially launched its new Master of Nonprofit Management program and graduate certificate in Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS).

In addition to its graduate programs, the Department continues to offer a pre-professional major in Planning, Public Policy and Management. The major is designed for upper division students with a broad social science background. Students must apply to the program, and there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning, internships and professional skills.


This page updated 5/17/2013