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SOP by the Numbers

Performance indicators as defined by the Planning Accreditation Board

In 2012, the Planning Accreditation Board revised its standards and requires schools to disseminate specific metrics via the school’s websites. The data below come from a variety of sources including an alumni survey conducted in 2013 and university records. Because this was the first year of the survey, there was a relatively small response rate (30 students combined from both programs who graduated since 2008). Over the next few years we look forward to increasing survey participation and having more robust figures to report.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates
In 2012, the BUP program graduated 33 students and had a 48.65 percent graduation rate for students graduating within six years of starting their program. Because the BUP program is a five year program, and many of our students transfer in from other UC programs, it is not uncommon to take more than six years from the start of undergraduate studies.

In 2012, the MCP program graduated 37 students and had a 70 percent graduation rate.

We are currently calculating retention rates.

Tuition and Fees
For information about the cost of attending SoP, please visit the UC financial aid office. In addition to the financial aid described on the site, SoP offers a limited number of scholarships and assistantships for highly qualified students.

Employment Rate
In the last six years, 80 percent of BUP and 64 percent of MCP students found work within 12 months of graduation in a planning related field.

 

Time to employment – 2013 Alumni Survey

EMPLOYMENT STATUS

ALL

%

BUP

%

MCP

%

BOTH

%

I accepted a position prior to graduation

5

17%

5

36%

0

0%

0

0%

< 3 months

7

24%

3

21%

3

27%

1

50%

3-6 months

5

17%

3

21%

1

9%

0

0%

7-12 months

3

10%

0

0%

3

27%

0

0%

>18 months

2

7%

1

7%

1

9%

0

0%

I did not find work in planning or planning related field

7

24%

2

14%

3

27%

1

50%

TOTAL

29

 

14

 

11

 

2

 

N = 30  For Survey
N = 29 For Survey Question

 

Students find work in a range of organizations including government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations.

 

Organization Classification - 2013 Alumni Survey

       
 

ALL

%

BUP

%

MCP

%

BUP/ MCP

%

Government

13

48%

9

64%

3

25%

1

100%

For Profit

9

33%

4

29%

5

42%

 

0

Non Profit

5

19%

1

7%

4

33%

 

0

TOTAL

27

 

14

 

12

 

1

 

N = 30  For Survey
N = 27 For Survey Question
 

Students also work across a variety of specializations. The table below reflects the top specializations.

 

Areas of Planning – 2013 Alumni Survey

Combined BUP/MCP

Land use and transportation

13

15%

Comprehensive or long-range planning

9

10%

Economic development and revitalization

7

8%

Urban design

7

8%

Zoning Adminstration

7

8%

Community development

6

7%

Natural resources, and the environment

6

7%

Policy planning

5

6%

 

Student Achievement
SoP students find jobs in the planning field at the local, state, and federal level. Recent alumni are working at the City of Cincinnati as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Others are attending top graduate programs including design programs at Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania. Students are also encouraged to publish research and work conducted during their programs.  

In 2013, the American Planning Association recognized two plans from the Cincinnati metropolitan areas developed by or in consultation with SoP alums and students. The Central Riverfront Re-Birth Through Planning received a National Planning Excellence Award in the Implementation category. Clinton County Regional Planning received a National Planning Achievement Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development for Energize Clinton County.

In a recent alumni survey of graduates from 2008-2011, about 65 percent of students were extremely or very satisfied with their experience in the BUP and MCP program. In the same survey, 93 percent of BUP students found their training extremely, very, or moderately effective. In the MCP program, 80 percent of students found their training extremely, very, or moderately effective.

AICP Exam Pass Rate
For the period from May 2004 to May 2014, a total of 39 BUP graduates completed the AICP Exam within five years of graduation. The pass rate for this group was 56.4 percent.

For the same period May 2004 to May 2014, a total of 55 MCP graduates completed the AICP Exam within five years of graduation. The exam pass rate for this group was 76.4 percent.