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

Updated: May 26, 2015

Cost for Full-time Students for One Academic Year

Annual (2014-2015) Cost of Tuition and Fees, ECU:
In-state: $6,128, including $3,959 tuition and $2,169 fees.
Out-of-state: $21,325, including $19,156 tuition and $2,169 fees.

Note: 2015-2016 costs not available as of May 26, 2015.

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-making2015: 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 problems2015: 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 settlements2015: 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 interdependence2015: 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 correctly2015: 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
 02-0303-0404-0505-0606-0707-0808-09
Graduates (degrees produced)
17191416221515
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
 09-1010-1111-1212-1313-1414-15
Graduates (degrees produced)
171512111310
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)

YearTook
Exam
Passed the AICP
Exam within 5
Years of
Graduating
% of Taking Exam
and Passing within 5
Years of Graduating
2002-032150%
2003-044250%
2004-0555100%
2005-062150%
2006-0722100%
2007-082150%
2008-0911100%
Total shown
181372.2%

Employment Rates

Graduation Years Ending
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Total Graduating Students
171914162215
# Graduates Responding
9441265
Graduates Not Responding
8151041610
Employed in a planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation
514854
% 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
130411
% 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
151715121111
# Graduates Responding
959982
Graduates Not Responding
6126336
Employed in a planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation
123143
% 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
333741
% 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
DissatisfiedNeutral/
No
Opinion
SatisfiedHighly
Satisfied
2003901341
2004400211
2005400031
20061200552
2007600231
2008501220
2009900153
2010501004
2011900234
20121000244
2013800134
2014201001
       
2003-20149304203326
2003-2014100%--5%24%40%31%
       
2007-20145403102021
2007-2014100%--6%19%37%39%
       
2010-2014340251017
2010-2014100%--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.