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Measures of Student Achievement

Student Achievement

The Urban and Regional Planning Program assesses student achievement in terms of student retention and graduation rates, AICP exam pass rates, and graduate employment outcomes, including time to employment and type of employment, all reported here.

In addition, the program assesses student achievement in terms of student academic performance, graduate satisfaction with how well the program prepared students for practice one year, and five years after graduation, along with service to the community and profession following graduation.

Student Academic Performance: While not applying specific benchmarks, we strive to ensure that substantial portions of our students remain in good academic standing, and are not discontinued from the program for academic reasons. Similarly, we strive to ensure that substantial portions of our students earn at least a grade of "B" on their capstone, individual professional project or thesis. Between 2007 and 2017, only one student out of 556 graduates (0.002%) was discontinued from the program for academic reasons. Between 2007 and 2017, only 16 students out of 556 (0.03%) earned a grade of "C+" or lower on a capstone, professional project or thesis.

Selected Recent Student State and National Planning and Academic Achievement Awards: Finally, the program measures student success in terms of the awards and other recognition students received for their work while students. During the past 5 years, University of Michigan Urban and Regional Planning Program students have won the following individual or group project awards:

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