The center conducts descriptive, exploratory and
explanatory research in areas of urban social, physical, political, and
economic policy and programs. Techniques include professional survey
research, focus group analysis, literature searches and review, and data
analysis. Our capacity encompasses ten staff, four faculty, and graduate
and undergraduate students.
CUPA offers workshops, retreats, conferences, and seminars
to facilitate the exchange of information, and build consensus to solve
problems particularly in the area of public policy issues, serving all
sectors of the population.
CUPA provides a broad range of social, economic,
political, and geographical data for the Dayton-Springfield metropolitan
area, the state of Ohio, and the United States as a whole.
The Center for Urban and Public Affairs holds fast to many
values, among them are the following qualities:
The following goals have been set to accomplish CUPA's
mission as an outreach unit:
To affect the operation of agencies, to inform policy
decisions, and to improve public organizations by achieving a high level
of analyses by developing implications from research findings, providing
data interpretation services, conducting policy analysis, incorporating
secondary analysis in new projects, and focusing on client program
To build partnerships in order to link resources and
expertise, to have a greater impact on issues and problems that affect
our communities and the region. Three types of partners that we target
are the university community, the UUP networks, and external partners
such as: practitioners, non-profit agencies, other universities
and two-year colleges, associations of businesses, and foundations.
To continue proactive involvement in the Urban University
Program research networks in order to impact state-wide public issues
To increase the capacity of CUPA to respond to project
requests, to promote CUPA as a premier research center, and to provide
an impetus for establishing a stronger identity within the College of
Liberal Arts as well as throughout the University.
To generate the resources necessary to achieve the Center
mission; resources are defined as faculty, staff, students, funds,
equipment, and expertise.
To develop a clear, distinguished identity for the Center
for Urban and Public Affairs, while enhancing our visibility, marketing
our products and capacity, and our project and research interests.
To provide students in the center the opportunity to
enhance their academic experience by participation in Center projects
and, as a result, expand and strengthen career prospects.
To enhance CUPA's ability to select projects that are
supported by the CUPA, the UUP, and WSU missions and to target those
projects that have the greatest potential for positive impact.