Approved by the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies: March 17, 1999
Approved by University Council _____________
Whereas, the creation of the School of Public and International Affairs has led to the review of graduate programs in public policy and international affairs;
Whereas, the School's review indicated that no degree on campus adequately addresses two significant, interdependent factors that influence governments around the world - 1) the impacts of global markets on national, regional, and local jurisdictions and 2) the increasing demand for collaborative governance partnerships between public, nonprofit and private institutions;
Whereas, the existing Master of Urban Affairs has experienced reductions in student enrollment, and its current curriculum does not adequately address the factors noted previously;
Whereas, a graduate degree with globalization and collaborative governance as intellectual themes will better serve students interested in professional careers in the public and nonprofit sectors than does the current Master of Urban Affairs;
Whereas, a reduction in degree hours from 48 to 36 will make the degree more accessible to nontraditional students;
Whereas, the proposed change in degree title, the reduction in degree hours from 48 to 36, and the restructuring of the curriculum have been approved by the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, the curriculum committee of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the curriculum committee of the Commission on Graduate Studies, and the Commission on Graduate Studies; and
Whereas, the Master of Public and International Affairs would be available for new students in the fall of 1999 but students currently enrolled in the Master of Urban Affairs program who are scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2000 would be given the option of completing either the current degree or the Master of Public and International Affairs.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the restructuring and renaming of the Master of Urban Affairs to the Master of Public and International Affairs be approved and forwarded to the Board of Visitors and the State Council for Higher Education for further consideration.
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