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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 B.S. 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).

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 focuses 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 who 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 results from this instrument provide us with data to, again, assess and re-evaluate our program’s accreditation workflow. 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.


2. Retention and Graduation Rates

The Regional Planning program was accredited in January 2012. To date, student retention is 96 percent. The four-year and six-year graduation rate for the program is 67 percent based on the Fall 2007 Cohort 2011–12, and Fall 2005 Cohort/2011–12, respectively.

Degrees awarded since academic year 2002–03:
2002–03 8
2003–04 4
2004–05 13
2005–06 6
2006–07 2
2007–08 5
2008–09 4
2009–10 5
2010–11 1
2011–12 7

The cost (tuition and fees) for a full-time undergraduate student for one academic year (2012–13):

In-State
Tuition: $6,428.00
Fees: $1,121.80
Total: $7,549.80
Out of State
Tuition: $16,070.00
Fees: $1,704.00
Total $17,775.10

3. The percentage of bachelor’s graduates who pass the AICP exam within five years of graduation:

Data is not available because the B.S. Regional Planning program achieved accreditation in January 2012. However, it is gratifying to note that 12 program alumni had acquired AICP membership during the 2008–2012 AICP/APA reporting period.

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

The program has a 90 percent 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

State

PA Department of Community and Economic Development (PADCED)

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR)

PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)

Regional

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, PA

Armstrong Area Council of Governments, PA

South West Regional Planning Commission, PA

City

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, FL

City of Nashville, TN

County

Allegheny County, PA

Armstrong County Planning, PA

Blair County Planning Commission, PA

Cambria County Planning, PA

Collier County, FL

Erie County Emergency Services, PA

Indiana County, PA

Monroe County, FL

Port Authority of Allegheny County, PA

Somerset County Planning Commission, PA

Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development, PA

Local

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

  • Geography and Regional Planning Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 9
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2250
  • Fax: 724-357-6479
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