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Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) Information

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

Updated: Apr 13, 2016

Cost for Full-time Students for One Academic Year

Annual (2015-2016) Cost of Tuition and Fees, ECU:
In-state: $3,290.00 including $2,078.50 tuition and $1,211.50 fees.
Out-of-state: $11,077.00 including $9,865.50 tuition and $1,211.5 fees.

Note: 2016-2017 costs not available as of Apr 13, 2016.

Student Achievement as Defined by the Program

Student achievement means that students will:

  • Succeed in life, civically, professionally, and personally.
  • Have the knowledge and the skills needed to prepare plans, conduct independent research, manage planning issues and problems, and make significant decisions.
  • Develop sufficient depth in functional and substantive areas of planning to attain expertise in a specialized planning area such as community development, coastal planning, environmental planning or urban design.
  • Understand the development and impact of human settlements as it relates to planning; understand the historical and contemporary planning practice, policy and process; and have full knowledge of the planning process and how it operates in a diverse environment.
  • Collaborate effectively in diverse groups to promote successful outcomes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and their application in leadership. Understand the variety of disciplinary perspectives that form the core base of knowledge.
  • Make decisions informed by the core base of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in information technology appropriate to the discipline of planning.
  • Understand diverse cultures in a broad context of global awareness.
  • Develop leadership traits and serve their communities as leaders.

Summary of Outcomes Measured

This section summarizes the outcomes measured.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (2014-2015 Year)

1.  Knowledge of Planning: Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and manage planning issues and problems by an exit exam and individual presentations.

Means of Assessment
Criteria for Success
Results/Criteria Met?
Annual Presentation
PLAN 4099
80% or more of students score a B- or higher (on a scale of A being best and F constituting failure) with regard to demonstrating ability to identify and manage planning issues and problems 2015: 87% / Yes
2014: 80% / Yes
Exit exam
Plan 4099
80% or more of students taking the exit exam will answer 75% or more of the non-specialized core curriculum questions correctly 2015:Results not available
2014: 46% / No

2.  Skills of Planning: Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare plans by individual presentations.

Means of Assessment
Criteria for Success
Results/Criteria Met?
Annual Presentation
PLAN 4099
80% or more of students score a B- or higher (on a scale of A being best and F constituting failure) with regard to demonstrating skills of plan-making 2015: 87% / Yes
2014: 75% / No



3.  Expertise in Specialized Planning: Students will demonstrate knowledge of at least one specialized area of planning such as community development, coastal development, environmental planning or urban design as measured by a specialized exit exam and individual presentation.

Means of Assessment
Criteria for Success
Results/Criteria Met?
Annual Presentation
PLAN 4099
80% or more of students score a B- or higher (on a scale of A being best and F constituting failure) with regard to demonstrating ability to identify and manage planning issues and problems 2015: 87% / Yes
2014: 80% / Yes
Exit exam PLAN 4099
(urban design)
80% or more of students taking the exit exam will receive passing scores of 75 percent or better, for exam questions about urban form and design. 2015: Results not available
2014 64% / No
Exit exam Plan 4099
(environmental planning)
80% or more of students taking the exit exam will receive passing scores of 75 percent or better, for exam questions about environmental planning. 2015: Results not available
2014 81% / Yes



4.  Development and Impact of Human Settlements: Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the development and impact of human settlements as it relates to planning as measured by embedded questions in an exit exam.

Means of Assessment
Criteria for Success
Results / Criteria Met?
Exit exam
PLAN 4099
80% or more of the students will answer correctly 75% or more of the questions regarding development and impact of human settlements 2015: Results not available
2014: 91% / Yes



5.  Global Interdependence: Recognizes the global interdependence of societies, economies, and environmental systems and the implications of his or her actions on the wider global environment, including the natural earth environment.

 

Means of Assessment
Criteria for Success
Results / Criteria Met?
Exit exam
PLAN 4099
80% or more of the students will answer correctly 75% or more of the questions about interrelationships and interdependence 2015: Results not available
2014: 81% / Yes



6.  Successful Collaboration: Collaborates effectively in diverse groups to promote successful outcomes.

Means of Assessment
Criteria for Success
Results / Criteria Met?
Annual Presentation
PLAN 4096
Students are rated as "adequate" or better with regard to exhibiting evidence of coordination and collaboration among all group members in the project by 80% or more of the total evaluations. "Adequate" is defined as meeting the same minimum expectations the jurors would apply to an entry-level professional planner in his or her organization. 2015: 100% / Yes
2014: 95% / Yes



7.  Ethical Principles: Demonstrates knowledge of ethical principles and their application in leadership.

Means of Assessment
Criteria for Success
Results / Criteria Met?
Exit Exam
PLAN 4099
80% or more of students will answer at least 66% of embedded ethics questions correctly 2015: Results Not available
2014: 36% / No



Graduation and Retention Rates

Graduation and Retention Rates, Students of the Urban and Regional Planning Program By Academic Year, 2002-03 to 2013-2014

Graduation and Retention Rates
  02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09
Graduates (degrees produced)
17 19 14 16 22 15 15
Graduation Rate % graduating within 6 years
100% 94.7% 100% 93.7% 95.5% 100% 93.3%
Retention rate
--- --- --- --- 73.7% 77.1% 86.1%

Graduation and Retention Rates
  09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15
Graduates (degrees produced)
17 15 12 11 13 10
Graduation Rate % graduating within 6 years
94.1% 100% 91.7% 100% 100% 90%
Retention rate
90.6% 81.5% 80.8% 87.5% 85.0% 90.9%

Note: Graduation data is for the graduating classes for the years presented.

Passage rates for the Exam of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Year Took
Exam
Passed the AICP
Exam within 5
Years of
Graduating
% of Taking Exam
and Passing within 5
Years of Graduating
2002-03 2 1 50%
2003-04 4 2 50%
2004-05 5 5 100%
2005-06 2 1 50%
2006-07 2 2 100%
2007-08 2 1 50%
2008-09 1 1 100%
2009-1010550%
2010-116230%
2011-12100%
2012-133130%
2013-1422100%
2014-152150%
2015-162150%
Total shown
44 25 58%


Employment Rates

Graduation Years Ending
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Total Graduating Students
17 19 14 16 22 15
# Graduates Responding
9 4 4 12 6 5
Graduates Not Responding
8 15 10 4 16 10
Employed in a planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation
5 1 4 8 5 4
% of Respondents finding employment in a planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation
62% 25% 100% 67% 83% 80%
% of Graduates (including non-respondents) finding employment in a planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation
29% 5% 29% 50% 23% 27%
Graduates pursing further education within 1 year of graduation
1 3 0 4 1 1
% of Respondents pursuing further education within 1 year of graduation
12% 75% 0% 33% 17% 20%
% of Graduates (including non-respondents) pursuing further education within 1 year of graduation
6% 16% 0% 25% 4% 7%

Graduation Years Ending
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
Total Graduating Students
15 17 15 12 11 11
# Graduates Responding
9 5 9 9 8 2
Graduates Not Responding
6 12 6 3 3 6
Employed in a planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation
1 2 3 1 4 3
% of Respondents finding employment in a planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation
11% 40% 33% 11% 50% 0%
% of Graduates (including non-respondents) finding employment in a planning or planning- related job within 1 year of graduation
7% 12% 20% 8% 36% 27%
Graduates pursuing further education within 1 year of graduation
3 3 3 7 4 1
% of Respondents pursuing further education within 1 year of graduation
33% 60% 33% 78% 50% 50%
% of Graduates (including non-respondents) pursuing further education within 1 year of graduation
20% 18% 20% 58% 36% 27%


Satisfaction Levels with Program By Graduating Year

Graduating
Year
Total
Responses
Highly
Dissatisfied
Dissatisfied Neutral/
No
Opinion
Satisfied Highly
Satisfied
2003 9 0 1 3 4 1
2004 4 0 0 2 1 1
2005 4 0 0 0 3 1
2006 12 0 0 5 5 2
2007 6 0 0 2 3 1
2008 5 0 1 2 2 0
2009 9 0 0 1 5 3
2010 5 0 1 0 0 4
2011 9 0 0 2 3 4
2012 10 0 0 2 4 4
2013 8 0 0 1 3 4
2014 2 0 1 0 0 1
             
2003-2014 93 0 4 20 33 26
2003-2014 100% -- 5% 24% 40% 31%
             
2007-2014 54 0 3 10 20 21
2007-2014 100% -- 6% 19% 37% 39%
             
2010-2014 34 0 2 5 10 17
2010-2014 100% -- 6% 15% 29% 50%



Note: Responses to the question: "Within two to five years after graduation from ECU, how satisfied were you in terms of how the urban and regional planning program at ECU prepared you for your current employment?"

Source: Compiled by the urban and regional program via 2012 survey with resurvey of non-respondents in 2014.