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The Center for Urban Studies continues a long standing mission of applied research and community service begun by Dr. Hugo Wall, Wichita State University professor and founder of the Center. Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants associated with the Center respond to requests of public officials and community organizations to conduct research, offer training and professional development, and provide technical assistance and consultation.

Historically, the Center primarily served public agencies and community organizations in Wichita and Sedgwick County. Today, the Center extends its services to elected officials, state and local public managers, community organizations, and professional associations throughout Kansas.

The Center for Urban Studies seeks to enhance the quality of public affairs by assisting public officials and community organizations to meet the challenges of governance and improve service delivery. This assistance takes the form of:

  • professional and leadership development of government and nonprofit managers
  • education and certification for members of professional associations
  • facilitation of community forums
  • facilitation of governing board retreats
  • strategic planning
  • community and organizational surveys
  • applied research on issues identified by government officials and nonprofit managers