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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 2016, only one student out of 556 graduates (0.002%) was discontinued from the program for academic reasons. Between 2007 and 2016, only 16 students out of 556 (0.03%) earned a grade of "C+" or lower on a capstone, professional project or thesis.

Graduate Satisfaction: While not applying specific benchmarks, we strive to ensure that substantial portions of our graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their graduate training 1 to 5 years after graduation. Most recent surveys indicate that more than 84% of our graduates from 2015 (1 year out) and 2011 (5 years out) expressed that level of satisfaction.

The following tables provide more details regarding these various measures of student success.

Satisfaction of Graduates with their Education
1 Year Following Graduation

Graduation Placement Survey Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015
Very Satisfied Number 7 4 4 13
  18% 15% 11% 27%
Satisfied Number 27 21 28 28
  69% 78% 76% 57%
Satisfied / Very Satisfied Number 34 25 32 41
  Percentage 87% 93% 87% 84%
Dissatisfied Number 3 2 5 7
  8% 7% 13% 14%
Very Dissatisfied Number 2 0 0 1
  5% 0% 0% 2%
Total Responses Number 39 27 37 49
Response Rate   53% 55% 67% 77%

Number and Percentage of Graduates Engaging Service to the Community and Profession
1 Year Following Graduation

Involvement in Community Services Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015
Volunteer at a non-profit 9 4 6 6
Involved with planning commission/gov't 2 2 3 5
Presented at APA conference or involved on APA committee 2 2 1 1
Involved with other professional organizations 1 2 2 2
Total Responses 16 10 10 13
TOTAL Percent of Responses Engaging 38% 30% 27% 27%
Response Rate 22% 20% 18% 20%

Graduate Satisfaction, Graduate Employment, and Service to Community and Profession
5 Years Following Graduation

  2011 Graduates
(5 Years Out)
Surveys (conducted summer of 2016)
  • Surveys sent
    Responses received (number)
    Response rate
 
  • 55
    42
    76%
Current Employment (number / %)
  • Employed full time
    Employed part time
    Working freelance
    Pursuing additional education
    Seeking employment
 
  • 35 (83%)
    2 (5%)
    2 (5%)
    2 (5%)
    1 (2%)
Percent working: Private / Public / Nonprofit 28% / 53% / 19%
Percent satisfied or very satisfied that their MUP degree prepared them for professional work 76%
Most commonly reported strengths of the program
(> 50% response rate)
Communications
Technical writing
Group facilitation
Data analysis
Project management
GIS skills
Critical thinking
Most commonly reported needs
(>50% response rate)
None
Service (number / %)
  • Nonprofit volunteer
    Governmental commission / board
    National / state APA section participation
    National /state APA presentation
 
  • 19 (45%)
    2 (5%)
    5 (12%)
    0

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: