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Public Information & Measures of Student Achievement

Tracking Our Performance - Outcomes Metrics

As prescribed by the Planning Accreditation Board (Standard 7D), TSUSP provides public information on its website about student achievement, program cost, admissions, graduation and retention rates and trends, AICP certification and employment outcomes for the MURP program.

1.  Admissions Trends:


AY 2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
Applicants
289
241
220
175
196
Admits
110
88
91
90
83
Enrolled
33 36
34
49
34

2.  Enrollment Trends:


AY 2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-2015

Percent of enrolled
students identifying
as a person of color**

10% 13% 17% 17% 16%
Percent of enrolled
international students

0% 0% 4% 6% 9%
Percent of enrolled
women students

51% 51% 54% 57% 44%

**U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

3.  Student Retention and Graduation Rates:

Cohort beginning AY
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
Number enrolled
40 30
37
34
49
Retention rate* 92%
91%
100%
97%
95%
Graduated within 4 years
37
24
35** 26***
n/a
Graduation rate
93% 80%
95%**
76% n/a

* Individuals still enrolled 12 months after initial enrollment.
**3-year graduation rate.
***2-year graduation rate, as of summer 2013.

4.   Tuition and fees for a full-time graduate student for one academic year, 2014-15

In-state: $13,689
Out-of-state : $20,673*
Based on 12-credits load per term.
*Residents of western states are eligible for in-state tuition under the WICHE program for graduate students.

5.  AICP exam pass rate:

Year Graduated June 2007 June 2008 June 2009 June 2010 June 2011

Of those who attempted
the exam within 3 years
of graduation, % of
graduates who passed

100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

AICP exam pass rate data are collected by the APA.  For a complete list of pass rates for all PAB-accredited institutions see: http://planning.org/certification/passrates/.

6.  Employment rate of graduates within 1 year of graduation:

Graduation year 2012 2013
Graduates

29

34
% of graduates employed in Planning, or
Planning-related jobs within 1 year of graduation

86%

97%
% of graduates pursuing advanced degree

0%

0%
% of graduates with unknown employment status
7% 0%

"Planning, or planning-related" employment defined as "relating directly to the skills and knowledge acquired in the MMURP program," as determined by the respondent.  Figures based on surveys of graduates conducted appxoximately 12-18 months following June graduation.

Student Learning and Achievement

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B-“ in all core courses and maintain an overall G.P.A. of 3.0.

All students must earn a “Pass” in Planning Workshop. (With coaching from faculty, students form themselves into 4-6 member project teams around a project idea and work with a community client.  During the two-term Workshop, project teams have full responsibility to formulate, design and implement their project.  No project has failed to deliver a written product and project clients (which have included public agencies, neighborhood organizations, and non-profit groups) have uniformly commended the students’ work.) More relevant perhaps, students demonstrate not only competency in technical planning skills but also their ability to work in teams, undertake multiple aspects of planning projects, work with clients, grapple with ethical dilemmas among themselves and with their client or the public.  In other words, the Planning Workshop provides clear indications of what students have learned through the core curriculum, what they continue to learn through the Workshop, and what is less widely acquired. 

The Planning Workshop Projects can be found at http://www.pdx.edu/usp/master-urban-and-regional-planning-workshop-projects.

MURP students have received a variety of national and state-level AICP/APA student awards, including:
    2013 AICP Student Project Award – Application of the Planning Process
    2012 APA, Oregon Chapter Stduent Achievement in Planning Award
    2012 AICP Student Project Award – Application of the Planning Process
    2010 APA, Oregon Chapter Student Achievement in Planning Award
    2010 AICP Student Project Award – Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue
    2008 APA Oregon Chapter Student Achievement in Planning Award, Special Achievement in Planning, Certificate
    of Merit
    2008 AICP Student Project Award – Applied Research
    2007 AICP Student Project Award – Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue

 These can be viewed at http://www.pdx.edu/usp/student-awards.