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Award-Winning Student Projects in PDXScholar

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Student Urban Planning Projects Online

Portland State University Library’s digital collection of student-created urban planning projects is continuing to grow in size and popularity. This collection of projects is the result of a collaboration between the PSU Library and the Dirce Moroni Toulan Library of Urban and Public Affairs. These projects, created for both public- and private-sector clients, are the culminating works of Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student teams.

MURP planning projects are available through the PSU Library’s PDXScholar platform. The Library has digitized 151 contemporary and historic projects ranging from 1977 to 2016.  Additionally, 17 newly digitized planning projects have been added to the collection. As of this writing, researchers across the globe have downloaded over 13,000 MURP Workshop Projects to study innovative urban plans.

Award-Winning Student Projects

Image with caption: "The Night Access Plan lays out a strategy to make getting to and from OHSU at night and early in the morning safer, more convenient, and affordable"
Night Access Plan (2016)

MURP planning projects evaluate current urban plans and develop alternative plans, as well as recommended courses of action. The projects are problem-centered and geographically-focused, and they also incorporate innovative public involvement efforts.

These projects have made major contributions to their clients, and have influenced the practice of planning locally and regionally. State and national award-winning projects  provide creative and practical solutions to everyday problems. MURP projects have received national recognition. They provide context and a lasting impact on urban planning issues that still affect Portland today.

Projects with Lasting Influence

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The Value of Place: Planning for Walkability in the Tigard Triangle (2016)

Many urban issues faced by people in the Portland metropolitan area are long-term problems. Researchers can examine older MURP projects to look at trends related to specific issues. Additionally, these historic projects give insight into changes that resulted from the projects.

The Lents Gateway proposal looks at a community that was divided by the I-205 highway. The original proposal gives background information into a community that seeks to repair damage by urban planning. This proposal from 1996 has had a lasting impact on planning in Lents. More recent Portland development and urban renewal plans seek not only to repair, but also to further grow the neighborhood. There are now plans to also connect the neighborhood with light rail and rapid transit. Additionally, it provided growing opportunities for small business development and jobs.

A low-income housing project examined ways to improve housing for Native Americans in Portland. This project looked at research on communities and demographics to provide information for a community group and to plan for solutions. This planning project researched short-term needs like rental units and housing, as well as long-term goals like economic development and community building. Finally, this historic study provides a broader context into the current low-income housing shortage that persists in Portland today.

About MURP and PDXScholar

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is a two-year, 72 credit professional degree program designed for those interested in working as professional planners. The curriculum includes a 46-credit core that focuses on the history and theory of planning as a field, plan implementation, analytical methods (including Geographic Information Systems [GIS]), and the dynamics of metropolitan development.

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research. It also provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

PDXScholar Reaches 2 Million Downloads

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We are excited to announce that PDXScholar has passed the 2 million download mark!

PDXScholar: The Institutional Repository of PSU Scholarship

PDXScholar is an online archive for PSU-authored articles, textbooks, journals, conferences, reports, data sets and dissertations/theses. It maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and expands the reach of Portland State University scholarship worldwide. PDXScholar hosts:

Map of PDXScholar downloads worldwide
Readership data © 2017 bepress, Map data © 2017 Google

Student Impact

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Sanders, Robert, “Leyendas y arquetipos del Romanticismo español, Segunda edición (2017). Open Access Textbook.

PDXscholar hosts student-run, peer-reviewed publications, such as Anthós, The Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs, and McNair Scholars Journal. Students gain early career experience in publishing research, and they can showcase their scholarship. Nearly 1,000 students have used PDXOpen textbooks in their classes, and students have saved over $100,000 by using these free online textbooks tailored for PSU classes.

Worldwide Connection

In addition to preserving the intellectual output of our community, scholars across the globe use PDXScholar to find Portland State research and connect with each other. Tina Anctil, associate professor and chair of the Counselor Education Department, explains:

“Seeing the global impact of my work has been both exciting and humbling. One of the most interesting exchanges I’ve had was from a doctoral student in Kenya who contacted me to discuss my research. We scheduled a Skype conversation that lasted for an hour of substantive conversation about her dissertation study, including a portion that she modeled from one of my prior studies. This impact is rarely seen from a journal publication, so it’s been very satisfying to me as a scholar.”

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Anthós is a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal

Submit Your Work

PDXScholar provides a consistent, long-term home for work created at Portland State University. Faculty, students and staff can be assured that their scholarship is preserved in perpetuity when placing links on résumés or websites. Add your scholarly works to PDXScholar, and help us reach the next million mark!

Submitting published works is easy:
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Student-created Plans Digitized

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In collaboration with the Dirce Moroni Toulan Library of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University Library has digitized and made available historic student-created planning projects. Planning Workshop Projects, created for local and regional governments and civic sector clients, are the culminating works of teams of Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) students.

MURP Workshop Projects in PDXScholar

Planning projects require the development and evaluation of alternatives and include recommendations for courses of action. They are problem-centered and geographically-focused, and incorporate innovative public involvement efforts. Workshop projects have won fifteen state and six national awards in the past twenty years for the creative problem-solving evident in the products.

The 2011 Portland Mercado Project was completed by students Abigail Cermak, David Ruelas, Bridger Wineman, and Ellen Wyoming for client Hacienda Community Development Corporation. It won the 2012 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Student Project Award for Application of the Planning Process and the 2012 American Planning Association (APA) Oregon Chapter Student Achievement in Planning Award. This Workshop project outlined strategies to implement a Latino Market in Portland, which is scheduled to open in Southeast Portland this spring.

No Vacancy, a project for the Central Eastside Industrial Council by Becky Dann, Beth Somerfield, Emily Rice, and Briana Meier, won the 2010 AICP Student Project Award for Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue. The team developed a guide to facilitate temporary uses of empty spaces in the area by, for example, arts-related organizations.

Josh Ahmann, Kevin Bond, Warren Greaser, Sarah Selden, Amber Springberg, Kartik Srinivas, and Jon Swae collaborated on the project Going Public! Strategies for Meeting Public Restroom Need in Portland’s Central City for the City of Portland Mayor’s Office. They won the 2006 APA Oregon Chapter Student Achievement in Planning Award.

Other winning projects include:

MURP projects have made major contributions to their clients, and have influenced the practice of planning locally and regionally. Many have drawn the attention of planning academics and local government practitioners from around the country.

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree is a two-year, accredited, professional degree program designed for those interested in working as professional planners. The curriculum includes a 43-credit core that focuses on the history and theory of planning as a field, plan making and implementation, analytical methods (including Geographic Information Systems [GIS]), and the dynamics of metropolitan development. Experiential learning is an integral component of the program.

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

View MURP Workshop Projects, and see how PSU MURP student projects have shaped our region.

Library Open Textbooks Save Students $23,800

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Portland State University Library announces the publication of five open textbooks authored by PSU faculty for PSU students. In their first term of use, these textbooks saved students more than $23,800.

Textbooks costs are growing and can be a significant barrier for students. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that, in the 2012-13 academic year, students at public universities paid an average of $1,250 for textbooks and supplies. 

The new open textbooks were published in PDXScholar by PSU Library  and funded through PDX Open: Reducing Student Textbook Costs, a project of the reTHINK PSU Provost’s Challenge. PDX Open created, through the Portland State University Library, an open textbook publishing initiative that provided technical and financial support for faculty members to create open textbooks, with the goal of reducing costs for students.

The five textbooks were created for courses in Special Education, Japanese, University Studies, Math, and Urban Studies and Planning. Each author or group of authors received $2,500 to create their textbook.


 

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Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design

Samuel Sennott, Sheldon Loman, Kristy Lee Park, Luis F. Pérez, Michael J. Kennedy, John Romig, and Wendy J. Rodgers

Created for use in SPED 510: Foundations of Special Education, this textbook provides pertinent, practical, and current resources to future special educators who plan to serve individuals with complex disabilities.

This new textbook replaces a textbook that cost $135. In winter term, approximately 60 students enrolled in three sections of SPED 510 and, all together, saved $8,100.

 

Preadvanced Japanese

Emiko Konomi

This textbook, assigned in JPN 399,  is designed for students who have intermediate competency in Japanese. The book can be used for self-study, as part of online course, and in a traditional classroom setting. Previously, students were required to purchase a $100 textbook. In fall term 2014, the 17 students enrolled in the class saved $1,700.

 

Cover of Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry

Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry

Jason Gary Damron and Vicki Reitenauer

This textbook was created to accompany UNST 231 Sophomore Inquiry: Gender and Sexualities. In winter term 2015, 75 students enrolled in this course. The previously required textbook cost $100. This new textbook saved students $7,500.

 

Introduction to Mathematical Analysis

Beatriz Lafferriere, Gerardo Lafferriere, and Nguyen Mau Nam

This textbook, developed to accompany MTH 311: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I, provides students with a strong foundation in mathematical analysis, including the completeness axiom, sequences and convergence, continuity, and differentiation. This textbook replaces a required textbook that cost $100. In winter term 2015, 34 students saved a total of $3,400.

 

Cover of Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS

Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS

Yiping Fang, Vivek  Shandas, and Eugenio Arriaga Cordero

Created for USP 531: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planners, this textbook aims to help students acquire the technical skills of using software and managing a database, and develop research skills of collecting data, analyzing information, and presenting results. Before this new textbook was published, students were required to purchase a text that cost $141. The 22 students enrolled in winter term saved $3,102.

 


With the success of the PDX Open pilot, the Library invites PSU faculty to contact us with ideas for open textbooks for other courses. Contact Karen Bjork for more information about book publishing with PSU Library.

PDX Open was led by a Library team of Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian Sarah Beasley and Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork,  project leads, along with Jill Emery, Kim Pendell, Marilyn Moody, and Jennifer Wilkerson.

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

Brew to Bikes and Other Top Downloads in PDXScholar

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PDXScholar, the university’s repository for faculty and student scholarship, saw tremendous growth in 2014, with more than 342,000 downloads.  A new report from the Library’s Digital Initiatives Unit details the fourth year of operation for PDXScholar, highlighting growth, milestones, and accomplishments of 2014 and goals for 2015.

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An illustration from Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy

Student and faculty work continued to garner considerable attention. The most downloaded item was Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy, published by Ooligan Press in 2010. The book, authored by Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning Associate Professor Charles Heying, with chapters contributed by students and others, was downloaded 5,741 times in 2014 alone.

Next on the top-downloads list? Social Control Theory and Delinquency, a dissertation written in 1978 by Michael Wiatrowski for his PhD in Urban Studies.

The top-downloaded items from 2014 represent the diversity of participants and disciplines in the Library’s repository and publishing program, with contributions from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.

Here’s the complete list of the top 20 downloads in 2014:

The Digital Initiatives Unit added 2,766 new items to PDXScholar in 2014, and the average download per item was 72. PDXScholar has grown to include over 6,700 items, including faculty scholarship, student publications, archival photos, and campus events.

PDXScholar documents, preserves, and promotes the academic achievements and scholarly work produced at Portland State University.

See the report: PDXScholar Annual Report (2014)