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Updated: January 30, 2017
Only anecdotal outcome assessment data captured by the exit interview instrument is presented here. The exit interview gathers information on the future plans of our graduating students and to assess the role of our program in shaping their career. Exit data of program graduates (2011–14) indicate that about 20 percent received a job offer when they graduated, with a majority landing jobs in the public and private sectors; and 47 percent indicated that their job offers were in a professional planning or closely related planning field. About 33 percent graduates were planning to pursue an advanced graduate degree.
With respect to program outcomes, a majority of graduates strongly agree that they can apply their knowledge to solve problems, work with relevant computer hardware and software, are confident on working individually or as a team member to complete a planning project, communicate verbally and in writing, are confident in being a self-learner, and have acquired broader understanding of theoretical underpinnings of planning, contemporary issues and practices. The percent distribution of responses is provided below:
Prior to graduating, students are required or strongly encouraged to participate in the following activities to enhance their communication skills and professional socialization:
Graduation and Retention RatesThe retention rate for a bachelor’s program is the percentage of declared majors enrolled one year later, excluding those who graduated. The graduation rate for a bachelor’s program is the percentage of students who graduate within six years of enrolling.
Data is not available because the BS Regional Planning program achieved accreditation in January 2012. However, it is gratifying to note that 13 program alumni had acquired AICP membership during the 2004–14 AICP/APA reporting period, with the most recent completion involving a 2010 program alumnus.
4. The employment rate of full-time graduates in a professional planning or planning- related job within one year of graduation: The employment rate indicates the percentage of Regional Planning program graduates in a professional planning or planning related job, and/or pursuing a graduate degree within a year of graduation. Of the 35 program graduates surveyed from 2009–10 to 2013–14, 43 percent were employed in full-time planning or planning-related positions, 26 percent pursued advanced degrees, 20 percent are employed in non-planning positions, and no data is available on 11 percent of the graduates. Those employed work for public agencies as well as private firms and non-profits throughout the State of Pennsylvania and the Middle Atlantic region.
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