Measures of Student Achievement

Student Achievement

The Department of Urban & Regional Planning developed a comprehensive set of program learning outcomes aligned with the core knowledge, skills, and values identified by the Planning Accreditation Board. Students are individually assessed on each learning outcome as part of our core curriculum (see curriculum map). Mechanisms to evaluate student learning include course assignments, examinations, as well as the comprehensive planning report prepared by students at the end of their graduate program. Each year, a comprehensive report is prepared that evaluates student learning on each learning outcome and identifies opportunities to improve student learning (see 2013 annual report).

In addition, each student who graduates with a MUP degree must complete a minimum of 180 hours of professional work experience. Internship supervisors are required to evaluate the student on a wide variety of planning knowledge and skills. A summary of internship evaluations for students graduating in the 2012-2013 academic year is shown in the table below.

Criteria

Average (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 indicating “very high performance”)

Standard Deviation

Ability to work effectively on a team

4.81

0.40

Ability to compose written reports and memos

4.70

0.47

Ability to make an oral presentation

4.28

0.57

Ability to interface with the public or clients

4.71

0.46

Ability to solve problems and think creatively

4.74

0.51

Initiative and ability to work independently

4.74

0.51

Knowledge expected of an entry-level employee

4.77

0.43

Understanding of professional planning issues

4.52

0.69

Ability to synthesize planning knowledge and apply it to actual planning problems

4.69

0.47

 

Finally, each student who graduates from our MUP program completes a comprehensive professional planning report. This independent research project is evaluated by department faculty using a common rubric. A summary of student achievement on the culminating professional report for all students graduating in the 2012-2013 academic year is shown in the table below.

Criteria

Average Score (Out of Total Possible Points)

Outcome 1. Demonstrates ability to conceptualize problems from complex, real world situations so the problems are meaningful to clients, and are research worthy. (Students must receive a minimum score of 8 out of 12 to pass.)

9.89 (out of 12)

1A.  Are the research questions and/or goals well defined and clearly stated?

1.71 (out of 2)

1B.  Does the author demonstrate in-depth familiarity with relevant literature on the subject?

4.95 (out of 6)

1C. Is the methodology appropriate to answer the research question(s)?

3.22 (out of 4)

 

 

Outcome 2. Demonstrates ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize information from multiple sources. (Students must receive a minimum score of 10 out of 16 to pass.)

12.51 (out of 16)

2A. Is the data collected sufficient in quality and depth to answer the research question?

4.79 (out of 6)

2B.  Is the analysis direct, competent, and appropriate?

4.63 (out of 6)

2C. Are the conclusions sophisticated and based on the results of the analysis, as a logical extension of the findings?

1.53 (out of 2)

2D.  Does the author show how his/her analysis and findings fit into the larger context of the literature and current professional practice?

1.57 (out of 2)

 

 

Outcome 3. Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively in writing and by expressing concepts in visual terms. (Students must receive a minimum score of 8 out of 12 to pass.)

10.13 (out of 12)

3A.  Is the material logically organized, so that a reader can easily follow the writer’s train of thought?

3.49 (out of 4)

3B.  Is the writing grammatically correct and free of typos?

1.59 (out of 2)

3C.  Do tables and figures add useful/important information for the reader?

1.70 (out of 2)

3D. Is the report attractive and professional in appearance?

1.67 (out of 2)

3E.   Are citations included where appropriate, and are footnotes and bibliography properly formatted?

1.68 (out of 2)

 

 

Total Rubric Score (Students must receive a minimum score of 26 out of 40 to pass.)

32.54 (out of 40)

 

Tuition and Fees

In 2013-2014, the cost to attend the MUP program at SJSU is: $8,609. For the most current information on tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office website.

Graduation and Retention Data

Degrees Awarded

2008-09

2009-10

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-13

32

39

57

31

36

Retention Rates

Cohort

Fall 2009

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

1 Yr. Retention Rate

94%

79%

90%

85%

Graduation Rates

Cohort

Fall 2005

Fall 2006

Fall 2007

Fall 2008

5 Yr. Graduation Rates**

68%

62%

90%

82%

**SJSU does not prepare 4 year graduation rates. Our program offers a part-time option, with students taking up to 4 years to complete the program on a part-time basis.

AICP Exam Data (Pass Rate within 3 Years of Graduation)

Cohort

2006 Graduates

2007 Graduates

2008 Graduates

2009 Graduates

Number of Students Taking the Exam

3

1

3

4

AICP Pass Rate

33%

100%

67%

100%

Employment Rate of Graduates Within 1 Year of Graduation

Graduation Year

Fulltime Students

Part-time Students

 

Employed in Planning

Not Employed in Planning

Employed in Planning

Not Employed in Planning

Unknown/Unemployed

2012

100%

0%

80%

8%

12%