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Livability Studies

The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information be posted for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program.

Student Achievement
The School of Urban and Regional Planning uses an annual student learning outcomes assessment process to help track student achievement. A new process was implemented in 2016 for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. This new process bases the desired learning outcomes on the Planning Accreditation Board's curriculum standards and requires students in capstone courses (URP 6979 Planning Project or URP 6971 Master's Thesis) to complete portfolios that document how well the outcomes have been achieved. Students are required to prepare narrative statements for each outcome as well as a quantitative assessment guided by a set of rubrics. The portfolios include examples of student work as evidence. After the end of the Spring semester, the MURP Program Committee (consisting of four faculty members) reviews each portfolio and prepares its own quantitative and qualitative assessment. This assessment is then presented to the School faculty for discussion at the annual strategic planning retreat held in the Fall semester. The quantitative target for 2017 was an average of at least 80% for each learning outcome. The MURP Program Committee determined that this objective was achieved, but that there was room for improvement in several areas, including planning theory, global dimensions of planning, leadership skills, and ethics. Suggestions were made for addressing each of these topics. In addition, the MURP Program Committee recommended increasing the target to 85% starting in 2018. These recommendations were subsequently incorporated into the School's 2017 Strategic Plan.
2017-18 Tuition and Fees
In-state residents, per full-time academic year $8,875.68
Out-of-state residents, per full-time academic year$24,595.44
Student Retention Rate
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2016 and continued into fall 201772.7%
Student Graduation Rate
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 201376.9%
Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year25
AICP Certification
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 201266.7%
Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 201681.8%