Performance Information

Beginning in January 2013 each accredited school of planning is expected to provide information to the public on the performance of the planning school and its students. The following information meets that expectation and derives primarily from the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning files.

Student Achievement

Students completing internships of 160 hours or more receive a written evaluation from their supervisor. These evaluations are typically done upon conclusion of the internship, which always happens after the completion of the first year of coursework. Supervisors are asked to evaluate interns on a number of indicators of student performance. We use the overall mean score for these indicators as a measure of overall student achievement in the program.

While the vast majority of our students complete planning internships, many select not to register for the course credit so they may fit additional courses into their schedule.

Key:  
Excellent 5
Very Good 4
Good 3
Fair 2
Poor 1
Not Applicable blank
No Answer X

 

Year Mean Overall Score Number of Students Registered
Fall 2016 4.00/5.00 4
Spring 2016 4.67/5.00 4
Fall 2015 4.25/5.00 4
Spring 2015 4.45/5.00 11
Fall 2014 5.00/5.00 5
Spring 2014 5.00/5.00 7
Fall 2013 4.88/5.00 8
Spring 2013 4.00/5.00 2
Fall 2012 4.64/5.00 14
Spring 2012 4.40/5.00 10
Fall 2011 4.69/5.00 13

 

Tuition and Fees

2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition Fees Total
Iowa Residents $8,856 $1,315 $10,171
Non-residents $26,460 $1,315 $27,775

More detailed information, including tuition and fees for international students, is available on the University’s website.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

Student Retention and Graduation Rates show the number and percentage of master’s students who matriculated and then graduated within four years of their matriculation.

Academic Year Entering Cohort 2nd Year Retention Rate Graduated within 4 years Graduation Rate
2012-2013+ 20 95% 17 85%
2013-2014++ 25 96% 23 92%*
2014-2015+++ 22 86% 15 68%**
2015-2016 16 94% n/a  
         

+ These numbers do not include two joint degree students who graduated within 4 years.

++These numbers do not include one joint degrees student who graduated within 4 years.

+++These numbers do not include three joint degree students, two of whom who graduated within 4 years and one who left the program.

* 3-year graduation rate

**2-year graduation rate

Employment Rate

The Employment Rate measures the degree to which graduating students obtain planning positions within one year of graduation as well as whether they elect to pursue an advanced degree after graduation.

 

Year of Graduation: 2016
Class Size19
Response Rate100%
Professional Planning Job84%
Advanced Degree11%
Total Employed Within One Year of Graduation100%
Year of Graduation: 2015
Class Size23
Response Rate96%
Professional Planning Job82%
Advanced Degree9%
Total Employed Within One Year of Graduation95%
Year of Graduation: 2014
Class Size22
Response Rate95%
Professional Planning Job81%
Advanced Degree5%
Total Employed Within One Year of Graduation95%
Year of Graduation: 2013
Class Size33
Response Rate97%
Professional Planning Job82%
Advanced Degree9%
Total Employed Within One Year of Graduation91%
Year of Graduation: 2012
Class Size33
Response Rate91%
Professional Planning Job80%
Advanced Degree3%
Total Employed Within One Year of Graduation83%

AICP Pass Rate

The AICP Exam Pass Rate is the rate at which our graduates taking the American Institute of Certified Planners examination pass the exam. The most recent data is for the class of 2012, as our accrediting body, the Planning Accreditation Board, uses a three year window after graduation to measure the AICP Pass Rate. The AICP exam is the only nationally recognized test of planner proficiency and knowledge in the U.S. The AICP exam pass rate data is collected by the American Planning Association and reported to planning schools each year. Pass rate data over a longer time period can be found at https://www.planning.org/certification/passrates/.

Professional Certification Percent
Percentage of Masters's graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, Graduating class of 2013. 67%
Percentage of Masters's graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, Graduating class of 2012. 100%
Percentage of Masters's graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, Graduating class of 2011 100%