Panel Paper: Teaching City Planning through E.P.I.C. Partnerships

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Building 3, Room 212 (ITAM)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Bruce Appleyard, San Diego State University

This presentation provides examples of how university-municipal partnerships from San Diego State University’s Sage Project (a replication of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities [EPIC] Model) have been used to enrich an urban design studio course for the Master of City Planning (MCP) students. The presentation will discuss how MCP students were able to provide designs for key places in two cities within the San Diego, California, region. In both cases, students were able to apply their newly gained skills in design, real estate analysis, and cutting-edge place-making policy to create enriching designs for these communities. Students were able to present their work to important decision-makers, playing a key role in decisions about the future of these communities.

The presentation will highlight learning outcomes that are achieved by using the EPIC Model, the professional development opportunities provided to students, and the unique career networking opportunities EPIC programs offer to MCP and MPP students. The presentation will also address challenges of implementation, and lessons that can be adopted by future programs seeking to capitalize upon EPIC partnerships in public policy courses.