Assessment

During the AY 2004-2005, the department faculty began a series of discussions about the mission and goals of our graduate MUP program. In 2012-2013, the faculty revised the MUP Program Learning Objectives to align with new curriculum recommendations from the Planning Accreditation Board. 

Program Learning Objectives

The MUP curriculum is designed to teach students the following knowledge, skills, and values:

1. General planning knowledge: The comprehension, representation, and use of ideas and information in the planning field, including appropriate perspectives from history, social science, and the design professions. Students will be able to:

a) Describe and explain why planning is undertaken by communities, cities, regions, and nations, and the impact planning is expected to have. (Purpose and Meaning of Planning)

b) Describe and explain the behaviors and structures available to bring about sound planning outcomes, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of different ones. (Planning Theory)

c) Describe and explain the legal and institutional contexts within which planning occurs. (Planning Law)

d) Describe and explain the growth and development of places over time and across space. (Human Settlements and History of Planning)

e) Describe and explain the relationships between past, present, and future in planning domains, as well as the potential for methods of design, analysis, and intervention to influence the future. (The Future)

f) Describe and explain interactions, flows of people and materials, cultures, and differing approaches to planning across world regions. (Global Dimensions of Planning)

2. Planning skills: The use and application of knowledge to perform specific tasks required in the practice of planning. Students will be able to:

a) Assemble and analyze ideas and information from prior practice and scholarship, and from primary and secondary sources. (Research)

b) Prepare clear, accurate and compelling text, graphics and maps for use in documents and presentations. (Written, Oral and Graphic Communication)

c) Collect data, conduct analysis, and use modeling tools for forecasting, policy analysis, and design of projects and plans. (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods)

d) Describe and assess when it is appropriate to use integrative tools for sound plan formulation, adoption, and implementation and enforcement. (Plan Creation and Implementation)

e) Describe and assess when it is appropriate to use different tools for stakeholder involvement, community engagement, and working with diverse communities. (Planning Process Methods)

f) Describe and assess when it is appropriate to use tools for attention, formation, strategic decision-making, team building, and organizational/community motivation. (Leadership)

3. Values and ethics: Values inform ethical and normative principles used to guide planning in a democratic society. The program shall appropriately incorporate issues of diversity and social justice into all required courses of the curriculum. Students will be able to:

a) Describe and explain key issues of planning ethics and related questions of the ethics of public decision-making, research, and client representation (including principles of the AICP Code of Ethics). (Professional Ethics and Responsibility)

b) Describe and explain the roles of officials, stakeholders, and community members in planned change. (Governance and Participation)

c) Describe and explain natural resource and pollution control factors in planning, as well as how to create sustainable futures. (Sustainability and Environmental Quality)

d) Describe and explain the roles of economic, social, and cultural factors in urban and regional growth and change. (Growth and Development)

e) Describe and explain equity concerns in planning. (Social Justice)

Assessment Schedule

Proposed assessment schedule, revised November 2012 [.pdf]

Curriculum Mapping

Mapping of Program Learning Outcomes to MUP core curriculum, revised January 2013 [.pdf]

Annual Assessment Reports

2012-2013 MUP Assessment Report [.pdf] (note, this assessment report was based on a previous list of PLOs)

2011-2012 MUP Assessment Report [.pdf] (note, this assessment report was based on a previous list of PLOs)

2010-2011 MUP Assessment Report [.pdf] (note, this assessment report was based on a previous list of PLOs)