Welcome to the website of the College of Public Policy (COPP) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. We are glad you stopped by to learn more about the exciting activities, programs, and events taking place in COPP.
The College of Public Policy is dedicated to the advancement of public policy and practice that contributes to the public good within diverse local and global communities through nationally recognized research, educational programs focused on engaged learning, and collaborative partnerships.
The vision of the College of Public Policy is to become nationally recognized through our progressive programs and faculty research that engage communities for the development of collaborative solutions to improve the quality of lives.
The College of Public Policy subscribes to the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Core Values. Each of them is relevant to our College. The College of Public Policy cultivates social justice through dialogue, discovery, and service where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration, innovation, and transparency are fostered.
Our College contains four departments (Criminal Justice, Demography, Public Administration, and Social Work). We offer bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. In addition, we offer three master’s degrees in Criminal Justice & Criminology, Public Administration, and Social Work. We also offer a doctoral degree in Applied Demography. COPP has approximately 1,000 undergraduate majors and nearly 500 graduate students, including 24 working on their Ph.D.s in Applied Demography. The COPP faculty includes approximately 45 instructors and researchers.
COPP also contains the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSER) and the Policy Studies Center (PSC). IDSER contains the Texas State Data Center and the office of the Texas State Demographer, Dr. Lloyd Potter. The PSC, directed by Dr. Roger Enriquez, is committed to research that informs and improves policy dialogue and, ultimately, the quality of life in South Texas, with emphasis on historically disadvantaged populations. Engaging with stakeholders, our work enhances community empowerment.