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New PAB Standards Criterion 7D Public Information

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Beginning, January 1, 2013, new Planning Accreditation Board standards were implemented requiring programs to submit program performance data. This page presents a synopsis of IUP’s BS in Regional Planning Program.

1. Student Achievement as Defined by the Program

Our program faculty, along with input from the Planning Advisory Board, recent graduates, and supervisors of our Planning interns, developed a Student Outcomes Assessment Plan (SOAP) that comprises five (5) elements to capture data for both formative and summative evaluation of the Regional Planning Program’s objective. The elements include:

  • An annual survey of program graduates in the workforce distributed electronically using Qualtrics
  • 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
  • An external evaluation of the required planning portfolio using an external Planning Portfolio Evaluation Rubric (Planning Advisory committee members).

Planning Portfolio

The planning portfolio serves as the culminating outcomes assessment for students preparing to graduate from the Regional Planning Program. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their cumulative experiences in the program including both required and track courses. The contents of the portfolio focus on professional skills and knowledge developed during the student’s coursework. After ascertaining that all required materials are present, the portfolio is evaluated internally by a faculty committee consisting of a minimum of two RGPL faculty members and externally by Planning Advisory members. The portfolio is used to assess how the program’s graduates “measure up” to working professionals that have significant experience and supervisory positions. The content of each portfolio may vary depending on course assignments. However, the evaluation criteria remain consistent for each student portfolio. Criteria by which portfolios are judged include:

  • Professional commitment indicated through inclusion and quality of all required items (50%)
  • Writing (20%)
  • Quality of the reflective essay (15%)
  • Portfolio’s professional appearance (15%)

The data generated through this process affords the program the ability to assess and re-evaluate the program mission. Student ability and performance varies, so averages of results are not used as absolute indicators. However, we use this information as the best-data-available to assess the outcomes of our individual students and, overall, to assess the outcomes of our program.

Recommended Activities

Complementing the planning portfolio exercise are three activities that graduating seniors are strongly encouraged to participate in:

  • Present their Civic Engagement and Service Learning research project, and/or Community Planning Practicum research project at the Undergraduate Scholars Forum Conference. In its tenth year, the Undergraduate Scholars Forum provides “undergraduate students with an opportunity for scholarly development by presenting their original research, scholarly activities, and creative endeavors.”
  • 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 presentation sessions and interact and network with practicing professionals. Funding for conference participation is provided by the Department and APA-PA Chapter. On average, between 8–10 students take advantage of this opportunity.

2. Student Retention

Retention by Academic Year
Academic Year
2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Retention Rate* 17% 0% 50% 66.7% 100% 66.7%

*Retention rate is calculated for undergraduate students as the percentage of students enrolled one year after declaring their major, excluding those who graduated.

Graduation Rates
Academic Year
2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Graduation Rate 4-year 100% 0% 0% 100% 50% 83%
Graduation Rate 6-year 16.7% 50% 66.7%
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

*Data from IUP Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment

Comparison with Enrollment and Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Total Enrollment in RP program1 19 20 35 36 47 45 46
Number of Degrees Awarded2 3 6 5 5 11 8 8
Students Retained in RP program3 0 1 3 2 3 4 4

1Total number of students enrolled in the Regional Planning program
2Total number of students receiving terminal degrees
3Comparing number of enrollment and degrees awarded with the number of students retained in the program illustrates that the program attracted more students in their Sophomore or Junior years than Freshman years

Chart showing Regional Planning graduates and enrollment by academic year - Overall, the chart shows a growth in linear enrollment in the past 9 years, with the lowest enrollment, 19, occurring in 2008-09 and the highest enrollment, 47, occurring in 2012-13. The following year, 2013-14, had 45 enrolled, and 2014-15 had 46.

3. The percentage of bachelor’s graduates who pass the AICP exam within 5 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 2004-2014 AICP/APA reporting period, with the most recent completion involving a 2010 program alumnus.

4. The employment rate of fulltime graduates in a professional planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation:

The program has a 90% employment placement rate. Graduates of the program are employed as planners by urban and rural municipalities as well as private consulting and engineering firms throughout the State of Pennsylvania and the Middle Atlantic. A sample of public agencies and privates firms include the following:

Public Agencies


  • PA Department of Community and Economic Development (PADCED)
  • PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR)
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)


  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pa.
  • Armstrong Area Council of Governments, Pa.
  • South West Regional Planning Commission, Pa.


  • City of Philadelphia, Mayor’s Office of Information Services, Pa.
  • City of Pittsburgh, Department of Planning, Pa.
  • City of Altoona, Pa.
  • City of Aliquippa, Pa.
  • City of Erie, Pa.
  • City of Naples, Fla.
  • City of Nashville, Tenn.


  • Allegheny County, Pa.
  • Armstrong County Planning, Pa.
  • Blair County Planning Commission, Pa.
  • Cambria County Planning, Pa.
  • Collier County, Fla.
  • Erie County Emergency Services, Pa.
  • Indiana County, Pa.
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pa.
  • Somerset County Planning Commission, Pa.
  • Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development, Pa.


  • Cranberry Township, Pa.
  • East Franklin Township, Pa.
  • Franklin Borough, Pa.
  • Indiana Borough, Pa.
  • Borough of Plum, Pa.
  • Moon Township, Pa.
  • Upper St. Clair Township, Pa.
  • White Township, Pa.

Private Firms and Non-Profits

  • Allegheny Valley Land Trust, Pa.
  • Aspect: Data Driven Planning, Pa.
  • Blairsville Community Development Authority, Pa.
  • Chevron
  • Consolidated Coal (CONSOL), Pa.
  • CSX Gas
  • Delta Development, Pa.
  • Gannett Fleming, Inc., Pa.
  • Greenhorne and O’Mara, Md.
  • Kimball Engineering, Pa.
  • Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
  • Parker Surveying, Pa.
  • Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Md.
  • T&B Planning, Pa.
  • Mainline Canal Greenway, Pa.
  • Working Landscapes, Pa.
  • The EADS Group, Pa.

The cost (tuition and fees) for a full-time undergraduate student for one academic year (2014–15):

Total $20,386.00
Tuition and fees $9,470.00
Room and board* $10,916.00
Out of State
Total $31,881.00
Tuition and fees $20,965.00
Room and board* $10,916.00
Out of State with Discount
Total $26,425.00
Tuition and fees $15,509.00
Room and board* $10,916.00

*Room and board amounts are based on a two-person shared semi-suite and the most popular meal plan (14 meals/week and $300 Flex).

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