The Puerto Rican Planning Society (SPP in Spanish) gave the Osvaldo Ruíz Villarrubia Award to outstanding students from the Graduate School of Planning for the last three years to the following students respectively:

2018 William A. McCormick Rivera
2019 Carol E. Ramos Gerena
2020 José L. Marrero Sicardó

Students presented their capstone project in progress Plan de Desarrollo del Parque Lineal Enrique Martí Coll with the guidance of profesor Dr. Criseida Navarro at the Congreso de Ecourbanismo Enrrique Martí Coll “El Ahora Moldea el Futuro: qué ciudad para quién? Coordinated by the Scuba Dogs Society Foundation, November 5 and 6, 2021, at the Colegio de Ingenieros, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Grace M. Delgado Navarro
Edwin D. Diaz Gonzalez
Nicole N. Garcia Jimenez
Gabriel A. Ramos
Brian J. Rodriguez Acevedo
Damián E. Santiago Morales

Students presented their capstone project to at the Centro de Microempresas y Tecnologías Agrícolas´ Annual Meeting for Funders (K$) and Policy Makers.

Moisés Abdel-Rahman López
Keyshla N. Class Villanueva
Ruben O. Maldonado Gonzalez
Carla N. Matos Chévere
Doris S. Medina Hernández

Moisés Abdel-Rahman López, Ruben O. Maldonado Gonzalez, and Doris S. Medina Hernández Completed a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate sponsored by Habitat for Humanities.

The student Paula García Almodóvar earned the Environmental Fellowship from University of Michigan 2021. The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), in partnership with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), is a 12-week summer fellowship opportunity that seeks to diversify the environmental field by cultivating the career aspirations of master’s and doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups by connecting students to work opportunities in environmental nonprofits, grant makers, and government sectors.

Students Rubén Maldonado and Nías Hernández, co-authored and published with Dr. Maritza Barreto from the Graduate School of Planning and other colleagues Bracero-Marrero, L, Himmelstoss, E.A., and Heslin, J.L., 2021 GIS Compilation Of Vector Shorelines And Shoreline Classification For Puerto Rico From 1970 And 2010: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Students participated in the preparation of the report “El estado de las playas de Puerto Rico Post-María” which includes data on the following municipalities: Aguada, Aguadilla, Añasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Humacao, Loíza, Rincón y San Juan. The report is part of the research project directed by Dr. Maritza Barreto at the Graduate School of Planning with FEMA funding. Participating students were Mariana López, Alfredo Montañez, Ana Santos, David Peña, Roberto Torres, Kathlia Rodríguez, Brian Rodríguez, Ashley Méndez, Alejandra Bonilla, Carla Matos, Rubén Maldonado, Leslie Martínez, Samiris Suleiman, Ishbel Cora, Gerardo Rosa, Moisés Abdel-Rahman y Nias Hernández.

Nineteen students collaborated in the development of the update of the Puerto Rico State Hazards Mitigation Plan, in particular the chapter where they analyzed risks throughout the Island, under the guidance of Dr. Maritza Barreto and Prof. Aurelio Castro. The following students participated: Moisés Abdel Rahman, Katia Avilés, Keyshla Class, Natalia Crespo, Grace Delgado, Nias Hernández, Mariana López, Rubén Maldonado, Carla Matos, Doris Medina, Augusto Miranda, Yvette Núñez, Laura Ospina, Briana Rodríguez, Jailyn Soto, Génesis Valentín, Jaime Villeta, Nicole García Jiménez, and Valeria Bonano Suazo.

Valeria Bonano co-authored the published article The State Of Coastal Erosion In Puerto Rico After Hurricane María. Other authors were Maritza Barreto, Rafael Méndez Tejeda, Nahir Cabrera, Elizabeth Díaz, Kevian Pérez and Aurelio Castro. Revista Geográfica de Chile Terra Australis Número Especial 1, Vol.57 (2021) 29-40 ISSN 0719-9562.

Class of 2020 Carol Ramos earned the Robert Wood Johnson foundation health Policy Research Scholar Fellowship, $120,000

Samuel González published the book titled Casita de Colores: la historia de los macromurales de Píntalo y Yaucromatic, 2020.

Leslie Martinez Román, earned a grant to participate at the 2021 Pre-Doctoral Workshop For Underrepresented Students Of Color And Lgbtqia+ Students from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), 2021.


In the past period of academic years 2012 to 2021 overall student learning achievement has been periodically subject to learning assessment. A new rubric for assessment of students’ learning has been designed to measure student’s achievement in mastering the planning competences and skills. This assessment has been undertaken with an On-Line Assessment System (OLAS) that has been applied in the Fall and Spring semesters of Academic Year 2020 to 2021.

The assessment instrument, OLAS Rubric, for Planning consists of six domains:

Information Literacy
Effective communication skills
Content Knowledge, Skills or Dispositions
Research and creation
Critical Thinking
Social Responsibility.

Each domain is measured with a series of criteria that are quantified in a scale of 0 to 8. The established standard is that over 70 percent of the students attain an average score above 6.0.


Learning Outcomes

Results based on target (% of students scoring >= target)

First measurement

Results based on target (% of students scoring >= target)

Second Measurement

Total N

Information Literacy




Effective Communication Skills




Content Knowledge, Skills or Dispositions




Research and creation




Critical Thinking




Social Responsibility




Assessment data has served as basis for improvement of curriculum program and teaching methodologies. It has produced transformative actions or improvements in Teaching methodologies and syllabus changes, curricular sequence changes, Co-curricular Activities, Academic program review, Student support services enhancement such as Mentoring.


Five (56%) of the nine graduates of the year 2019-2020 reported to be employed in planning and planning related employment. One student continued to They applied the following skills learned in the Master in Planning program:

Strategic planning
Best practices in planning coastal areas
Project development and management
Management of systems of GIS and other geospatial data
Design and management of programs and development projects
Program and Project implementation and evaluation
Need Assessment studies
Statistical data systems analysis and evaluation
Laws and regulations
Compliance with US Federal Government regulations
State laws and regulations on planning
Historic preservation of areas and buildings


2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

In State Residents, per full-time academic year


Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year



Student Retention Rate

Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2020 and continued into fall 2021



Student Graduation Rate

Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2017



Number of Degrees Awarded

Number of degrees awarded for 2020-2021 Academic Year



Puerto Rico Professional Planner License (PPL)

Percentage of master’s graduates taking the Puerto Rico PPL exam within two years who passed, graduating class 2018.



AICP Certification

Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who passed, graduating class 2016.




Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related, or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2020


Última actualización / Last Updated on June 22, 2022