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This page includes information required by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) to be made publicly accessible:

Updated: May 19, 2016

Cost for Full-time Students for One Academic Year: 2015–16
2015–16 Academic Year Tuition Fees Total
In-state $7,060 $2,879.60 $9,939.60
Out-of-sate $17,650 $4,185.40 $21,835.40
  1. Student Achievement as Defined by the Program
    The BS in Regional Planning program assesses student achievement using the following tools:
    • A required exit interview questionnaire for all program graduates
    • A post-internship evaluation form distributed to all planning internship supervisors
    • An evaluation of the required planning portfolio using an internal Planning Portfolio Evaluation Rubric

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:

Program outcomes Scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest score
1 2 3 4 5
Apply knowledge to solve problems 6.67% 0.00% 20.00% 20.00% 53.33%
Access and practice with relevant hardware and software 0.00% 6.67% 20.00% 20.00% 53.33%
Work individually or as a member of a team in efforts to complete a project 6.67% 0.00% 20.00% 26.67% 46.67%
Communicate ideas and the application of Planning orally 0.00% 0.00% 6.67% 46.67% 46.67%
Communicate ideas and the application of Planning in writing 0.00% 0.00% 20.00% 20.00% 60.00%
Have a broad knowledge to understand contemporary issues pertaining to the coursework material and society 0.00% 0.00% 20.00% 20.00% 60.00%
Be a self-learner to acquire new skills and knowledge 6.67% 0.00% 13.33% 20.00% 60.00%
Understand the theoretical underpinnings of your knowledge area 0.00% 0.00% 26.67% 33.33% 40.00%

Prior to graduating, students are required or strongly encouraged to participate in the following activities to enhance their communication skills and professional socialization:

  • Present their Civic Engagement and Service Learning research project, and/or Community Planning Practicum research project at the Undergraduate Scholars Forum Conference. In its 10th year, the Undergraduate Scholars Forum provides “undergraduate students with an opportunity for scholarly development by presenting their original research, scholarly activities and creative endeavors.” (Required)
  • Participate in the Student Planner Program sponsored by the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development. Since the program was instituted in 2009, it has served more than 45 undergraduate and graduate students. Each semester, cohorts of four to eight student planners are challenged to become part of individual planning teams, led by county planning staff, focused on advancing specific planning initiatives throughout the county.
  • Volunteer as student workers at the annual meeting of the American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter. This forum provides students the opportunity to attend multiple presentations sessions, interact, and network with practicing professionals. Funding for conference participation is provided by the Department and APA-PA Chapter. On average, between eight and 10 students take advantage of this opportunity.
  1. Graduation and Retention Rates
    The 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.
      Entering Cohort* 2nd Year Retention Graduated within 6 years Graduation Rate
    Fall 2009 1 100% 0 0%
    Fall 2010 4 100% 4 100%
    Fall 2011 3 67% n/a  
    Fall 2012 4 75% n/a  
    Fall 2013 4 100% n/a  
    Fall 2014 4 100% n/a  
    Fall 2015 5 n/a n/a  
    Number of Degrees Awarded
    Academic Year 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 TOTAL
    Degrees Awarded* 3 6 5 5 11 8 8 46

    *Comparing number of cohort enrollment and degrees awarded with the number of students retained in the program illustrates that the program attracts more students in their sophomore or junior years than freshman years.

  1. The percentage of bachelor’s graduates who pass the AICP exam within five years of graduation:
    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.
  2. 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.
  • Geography and Regional Planning Department
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