School Mission

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The Bloustein School seeks to improve our increasingly urbanized and interconnected world by exploring  planning approaches and public policy solutions that are healthier, greener, fairer, and generate greater  prosperity than do current practices. It pursues equitable and efficient solutions to public problems at  multiple levels from the global to the local and emphasizes the professional perspectives of urban  planning, public policy, and public health. Within each of these domains, the school advances its  aspiration to be a global leader in teaching, research, and service by engaging society’s challenges with  focused programs that align current strengths with emerging needs.  Its mission includes:

  • Solving public problems through constructive engagement of governmental, private, and non-profit  actors;
  • Addressing the challenge of urbanization in its various global manifestations;
  • Serving New Jersey’s need for a rigorous and engaging public policy forum; and
  • Preparing students for rewarding professional careers in public service.

Edward J. Bloustein — Rutgers president, constitutional scholar, active citizen, philosopher, and teacher — lived a life of civic engagement that the school’s ethic seeks to perpetuate. Research, teaching, and outreach at the Bloustein School aim for intellectual originality and practical rigor in an atmosphere of spirited and open debate. Bloustein activities are rooted in diversity of experience and thought. They create settings where individuals and communities can flourish. The Bloustein ethic strives to improve the quality of public discourse by producing ideas and measures that have impact.

The Bloustein ethic engages those who do their jobs not just honorably, but with a passion for their work that alters their surroundings. The Bloustein School seeks to foster new research and thinking that achieve both scholarly recognition and public acceptance.

2014 Bloustein School Strategic Plan

2014 Rutgers University Strategic Plan

2019 Bloustein School Fact Sheet

Learning Goals

  • To enhance students’ understanding of the theories, methods, and practice of planning and public policy.
  • To encourage open discussion of all viewpoints, the application of quantitative methods for analysis, the careful study of history, and a thorough consideration of economic and demographic trends and political institutions and processes.
  • To examine theories and methods in a wide variety of concentrations, including community and economic development, public health, workforce development, land use, housing, transportation, urban design, education, social policy, science and technology policy, and environmental policy.

Education

The School supports a wide variety of educational activities, from undergraduate and master’s and doctoral degree programs to continuing education courses and conferences for professionals and alumni. The School also hosts international fellows programs, which provide education and professional development opportunities for individuals from nations around the world. The core purpose of all our educational programs is to enhance students’ understanding of the theories, methods, and practice of planning and public policy. The School’s educational programs encourage open discussion of all viewpoints, the application of quantitative methods for analysis, the careful study of history, and a thorough consideration of economic and demographic trends and political institutions and processes. Full- and part-time students examine theories and methods in a wide variety of concentrations, including community and economic development, public health, workforce development, land use, housing, transportation, urban design, education, social policy, science and technology policy, and environmental policy.

Research

The School serves as an intellectual focal point at Rutgers University for the examination of societal problems and solutions. Research undertakings are governed by a strong commitment to quality through the use of sound social science theory and methods and to full dissemination of results and peer review of findings. Research is carried out on a wide variety of challenging topics. Specialized centers, established by the University’s Board of Governors, carry out large-scale projects and are supported by external funding. The centers support the educational and public-service mission by focusing research in the substantive areas of the School’s strength and by supporting students, faculty, and staff in those areas.

Service

The School is committed to addressing community, regional, state, national, and international needs. Faculty, staff, and students fulfill this commitment in a variety of ways, by preparing students for careers in public service; through continuing education courses and seminars; by serving as advisors to public officials and community organizations; by working to strengthen the capacity of governmental and nonprofit organizations through education and training; and by undertaking research projects that address the pressing needs and concerns of our society.