Master of Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

1. Student Achievement Measures

A. Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam is given during the summer between the first and second years and measures student learning of key concepts and skills in the first year core courses. The comp exam is composed of two comprehensive essay questions; each question includes content from each of the core courses in an integrated planning scenario. The object of the exam is to identify areas in which individual students require further instruction. The exam is not designed to fail students or prevent students from continuing in the program

Pass rates are calculated at four stages:

  • Initial exam submission: the percent who pass the exam as submitted
  • Oral follow-up: the percent who pass following the oral follow-up, a 5-30 minute meeting with faculty responding to correct or elaborate on content in the first written submission. After the oral, students may pass without needing to revise their written answers.
  • Rewrite: Rewrite the exam or portions of the exam, as needed
  • Remediation: Work independently with a faculty member to review and demonstrate mastery of specific concepts and skills showing weakness on the exam.

The pass rates at each of these stages for 2013 and 2014 are:

Exam stage Cumulative percent passing after each stage
2013 2014 2015 2016
Initial submission 0% 5% 8% 0%
Oral follow-up 50% 40% 50% 41%
Rewrite 85% 75% 100% 88%
Remediation 100% 100% NA In process (N=1)

B. Client Assessment of Practice Courses in the 2nd Year Core

Applied Planning Workshop, taken at the end of the second year of the 2-year MUP, is assessed using detailed rubrics of ten separate products or performance elements, including articulation of the problem statement, scope of work, objectives and decision criteria, public input, alternatives development, final presentation (group and individual grade), analysis presented in the final report, composition of the final report (writing, format, and illustrations), and individual contribution to the quality of work produced throughout the semester.

2. Admissions Trends:

Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016
Applicants 85 79 71 56 39 27 18
Admits 62 60 52 39 23 22 13
Enrolled 22 18 19 16 9 17 6

3. Enrollment Trends (Fall semesters; all percentages as a percent of all MUP students):

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total students enrolled (headcount) 68 64 71 62 48 47 30
Percent identifying
as a person of color**
10%
(7)
16%
(10)
21%
(15)
17%
(11)
15%
(7)
18%
(8)
13%
(4)
Person identifying as Latino or Hispanic 3%
(2)
8%
(5)
7%
(5)
5%
(3)
6%
(3)
13%
(6)
13%
(4)
Percent
international students
4%
(3)
2%
(1)
1%
(1)
3%
(2)
4%
(2)
6%
(3)
7%
(2)
Percent women 35%
(24)
36%
(23)
31%
(22)
24%
(15)
19%
(9)
26%
(12)
37%
(11)

**U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

4. Student Retention and Graduation Rates:

The retention rate for a master’s program is the percentage of first year students who return the next academic year.

The graduation rate for a master’s program is the percentage of students who graduate within 4 years of enrolling.

Cohort beginning AY 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Number enrolled 29 33 28 25 11

Retention rate*

90%
(26)
94%
(31)
100%
(28)
88%
(22)
91%
(10)
Graduated within
4 years
24 25 26 20* 6*
Graduation rate 83% 76% 93% 52% 55%

*Full 4-year follow-up period has not yet elapsed.

Number of MUP degrees awarded each year
(some graduates may have taken longer than 4 years)

Graduation Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
21 20 25 24 28 19 17

5. Tuition and fees for a full-time graduate student for one academic year, 2016-17

In-state: $11,788
Out-of-state: $24,826
Minnesota w/Reciprocity: $17,642
Based on 12-credits load per term.

6. AICP exam pass rate:

Year Graduated* 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Of those who attempted
the exam within 3 years of
graduation, % of
graduates who passed
100% 100% NA** 100% 100% 100%
(3)
100%
(3)
100%
(3)
100%
(1)

*Includes May, August, and December graduates.
**No 2009 graduates attempted the AICP within 3 years of graduation.

7. Employment rate of graduates within 12 months after graduation:

The program tracks students’ employment history using LinkedIn©.

Graduation year 2015
Graduates 22
Percent employed at 1 year 91%
Not found on LinkedIn NA