Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) Degree

MCRP Degree Statistics

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT (OUTCOMES)


The program shall attract a sufficient number of well-qualified students from diverse backgrounds and shall adequately prepare, support, and advise these students to pursue and contribute successfully to the field of urban and regional planning.  Accordingly, the program shall demonstrate that its students upon graduation possess the knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to secure professional employment, to perform effectively as planners, and to participate meaningfully in the planning profession.   Because students will join an increasingly diverse workforce, and work in diverse communities affected by global pressures, the student body should be diverse.  The approach to diversity should reflect the program’s intended scope (e.g., local, regional, national, international).  The program should strive to attract a student population, particularly from groups historically lacking access to, and under-represented in, higher education, as well as representative of the type of mixtures of ethnic, racial, and economic groups to be found in the settings where planners often practice. The program determines student achievement in the following areas with outcomes:

 

1. Graduate Satisfaction
How well do you think your educational experience in the planning program prepared you for the job you currently hold?

 

Frequency

Valid Percent

 

Very well

110

22.9

Quite well

164

34.2

Fairly well

128

26.7

Slightly well

58

12.1

Not at all well

20

4.2

Total

480

100.0

Missing

System

43

 

Total

523

 

 

2. Graduate Employment
For the most recent graduating class, in 2012, 75 percent of the graduates had a “professional planning job” within one year of graduation and 11 percent of the graduates had a “planning related job” within one year of graduation.

 

3. Graduate Certification
Percent of graduates taking the AICP exam who passed (2004–2011) 74% (126 took exam / 93 passed exam)

 

4. Graduate Service to the Community and Profession
Our alumni survey indicated that 55 percent of the graduates are members of a professional organization and 14.9 percent assume leadership positions in such organizations.  The survey also showed that 34.7 percent of the graduations are in local community organizations and 22.7 percent assume leadership positions.

 

A sampling of organizations or groups graduates volunteer for:
(All that apply are checked..)

 

 

 

Responses

 

Percent of Cases

N

Percent

 

Professional organization, member

259

22.0%

55.0%

Professional organization, leadership position

70

6.0%

14.9%

Service organization, member

106

9.0%

22.5%

Service organization, leadership position

74

6.3%

15.7%

Local community organization, member

168

14.3%

35.7%

Local community organization, leadership position

107

9.1%

22.7%

Advocacy organization, member

105

8.9%

22.3%

Advocacy organization, leadership position

47

4.0%

10.0%

Advisory groups, member

103

8.8%

21.9%

Advisory groups, leadership position.

36

3.1%

7.6%

Other, please specify:

44

3.7%

9.3%

None

57

4.8%

12.1%

Total

1176

100.0%

 

 


5. Other Outcomes
Our alumni survey showed that approximately 37 percent of the graduates hold or have held elected or appointed positions at the local, county, state, federal, or international levels, with the highest percentage being appointed local officials.

 

Response from graduates that currently hold or have held any elected or appointed official positions. (All that apply are checked.)

 

 

 

Responses

 

Percent of Cases

N

Percent

 

Local appointed official

101

19.1%

21.2%

Local elected official

22

4.2%

4.6%

County appointed official

29

5.5%

6.1%

County elected official

3

0.6%

0.6%

State appointed official

25

4.7%

5.2%

State elected official

1

0.2%

0.2%

Federal appointed official

4

0.8%

0.8%

International appointed official

5

0.9%

1.0%

International elected official

1

0.2%

0.2%

None

338

63.9%

70.9%

Total

529

100.0%

 

 


ADDITIONAL STATISTICS

Average time to completion of program (full time) — 2 years

Cost of degree — Tuition and Fees by Semester | Estimate Cost of Attendance Calculator


Number of degrees conferred each year:

2007-08: 34
2008-09: 33
2009-10: 41
2010-11: 55
2011-12: 89


Student retention rate — 95%

Percentage of master's students graduating within four years — 98%


The employment rate of graduates in the field within three months of graduation (by August 15th):
May 2012 Graduates: 85%


The employment rate of graduates in the field within one year of graduation (by August 15th; one year later):
May 2012 Graduates: TBD


Percent of graduates taking the AICP exam who passed (2004–2011) 74% (126 took exam / 93 passed exam)