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Student Achievement

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Master of Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

1. Student Achievement Measures

A. Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam is given during the summer between the first and second years and measures student learning of key concepts and skills in the first year core courses. The comp exam is composed of two comprehensive essay questions; each question includes content from each of the core courses in an integrated planning scenario. The object of the exam is to identify areas in which individual students require further instruction. The exam is not designed to fail students or prevent students from continuing in the program.

Pass rates are calculated at four stages:

  • Initial exam submission: the percent who pass the exam as submitted
  • Oral follow-up: the percent who pass following the oral follow-up, a 5-30 minute meeting with faculty responding to correct or elaborate on content in the first written submission. After the oral, students may pass without needing to revise their written answers.
  • Rewrite: Rewrite the exam or portions of the exam, as needed
  • Remediation: Work independently with a faculty member to review and demonstrate mastery of specific concepts and skills showing weakness on the exam.

The pass rates at each of these stages for 2013 and 2014 are:

Exam stage                Cumulative percent passing after each stage
                                           2013                                     2014
Initial submission                  0%                                       5%
Oral follow-up                       50%                                     40%
Rewrite                                 85%                                     75%
Remediation                        100%                                    TBA

B. Client Assessment of Practice Courses in the 2nd Year Core

Beginning in 2014, the program initiated a more systematic collection of client satisfaction information with the quality of work produced by students in Urb Plan 810 and Urb Plan 811. Both of these courses are workshop (aka studio) courses in which students produce planning products for clients who need such planning services. Interviews with clients asked clients to identify how the plans produced by the students were put to use to achieve the goals the client had identified. In 2015, a survey will be sent to the clients of Applied Planning Workshop (Urb Plan 811, considered our capstone course) asking for an assessment of the quality of student work.  

2. Admissions Trends:

Fall 2010   Fall 2011   Fall 2012   Fall 2013   Fall 2014

Applicants             85             79              71                  56              39
Admits                   62             60              52                  39              23
Enrolled                 22             18              19                  16                9

3. Enrollment Trends (Fall semesters; all percentages as a percent of all MUP students):

 2010    2011  2012   2013    2014

Total students enrolled (headcount)            68       64       71       62         48
Percent identifying                                       10%   16%    21%    17%    15%
as a person of color**                                  (7)       (10)    (15)    (11)       (7)
Percent                                                         4%      2%      1%     3%       4%
international students                                   (3)       (1)       (1)       (2)       (2)
Percent women                                           35%     36%    31%    24%    19% 
                                                                     (24)     (23)     (22)     (15)     (9)

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

4. Student Retention and Graduation Rates:

Cohort beginning AY                 2009-10    2010-11     2011-12    2012-13      2013-14
Number enrolled                            20             22             18              19               16
Retention rate*                              75%          91%          89%           100%         100%
                                                       (15)         (20)            (16)           (19)             (16)
Graduated within
4 years                                            14            19**           14***           14***         n/a
Graduation rate                               70%         86%**        78%***       74%***       n/a

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

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

In-state: $11,686
Out-of-state: $24,152
Minnesota w/Reciprocity: $16,758
Based on 12-credits load per term.

6. AICP exam pass rate:

Year Graduated*                            2006   2007  2008  2009  2010  2011**

Of those who attempted
the exam within 3 years of
graduation, % of
graduates who passed                 
100%  100%  100%   NA***  100% 100%

*Includes May, August, and December graduates.
**Does not include December 2011 graduates who passed the exam in
November 2014. November 2014 AICP performance has not been released to programs by APA.
***No 2009 graduates attempted the AICP within 3 years of graduation.

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/ . Data posted to the APA page covers all exam attempts from 2004-2013. Data in the table above are compiled from APA data, but focusing on each graduation cohort.

7. Employment rate of graduates 4-5 months* after graduation:

Graduation year                                                                                         2012       2013
Graduates                                                                                                        29         34
% of graduates employed in Planning or
Planning-related jobs within 4-5 months of graduation** 
                        86%     97%
% of graduates pursuing advanced degree                                                 0%       0%
% of graduates with unknown employment status                                      7%      0%

*Historically, the program has sent its placement survey to December and May graduates in
October or November. For most graduates (May graduates) this is 4-5 months after graduation.
The program will be implementing a 1-year placement survey in June 2015.
**Percent of graduates responding to survey who were employed.