The field of Environmental and
Habitat Planning is extremely diverse. Local governments and regional agencies
employ professional planners to manage and direct change in urban and rural
areas. The planners” objective is to help ensure improved conditions whether
they are working in growing or declining urban areas. Planners may specialize in
a substantive area, such as housing, transportation, or recreation, but
generally they are removed from operating responsibilities for specific
Planning education must prepare
students to work in a changing environment. Planning may be considered a
profession that emphasizes problem analysis and evaluation, and the careful use
of resources with the inherent objective of social betterment.
The graduate program in
Environmental and Habitat Planning has its primary objective the education of
students for careers in the profession of environmental and habitat planning.
With the inception of this program in Saint Louis University, we can meet the
needs of those individuals within the region who are available on a part-time
basis. The program will also admit students from a wide range of educational and
occupational backgrounds. The majority of students in the program will be served
at a time when they have career and personal obligations that prevent them from
taking up the program full time in Metro Manila.
Moreover, Saint Louis University
strongly conforms with CHED Memo Order No. 36 Series of 1998 regarding policies
and standards on graduate education specifically section 1 thereof read as
Section 1. Statement of Policies – Graduate education is at the apex of
the education system. As such, it shall showcase the best of the academic and
intellectual products and processes of the system. Specifically:
Graduate education shall be so structured as to enhance
quality; efficiency and effectiveness in higher education;
Graduate education shall be made more relevant and more
responsive to the development needs of the educational system as well as to
the regional and national development thrusts; and
Graduate education shall take the lead role in enhancing
the quality of Philippine higher education towards global competitiveness
and world-class scholarship.
Thus, Saint Louis
University merits the offering of an additional post graduate program, Master of
Arts in Environmental and Habitat Planning.