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One requirement of our program accreditation process is that we provide public information concerning the performance of our students and our program. The following information addresses that requirement, drawing on data we collect at the program level each year.

Student Achievement

Comprehensive Exam/Thesis

We define student achievement as the demonstration of competence in applying knowledge and skills gained through academic work. Such competence is evident both in and beyond the classroom. Traditional measures of student achievement include degree completion rates, pass rates of comprehensive exams, and pass rates for the AICP exam. In addition to these traditional measures, we also place a high premium on measures that capture a student's success in interacting with the profession.

Measures include the percentage of eligible students employed in an internship while a student, the number of students who present at local, state, and national professional organization meetings (e.g. American Planning Association), the number of individual students or student teams that win awards for their project-oriented work, and post-graduate employment rates in the field.

Virtually all domestic students who want an internship are able to be placed in a paid position that is part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer. Placement is more challenging for international students. Assistance is provided to students studying on an F1 visa to help place them in internships that qualify under the Curricular Practical Training provisions of their visa.

As a sampling of recent student achievements, KU UBPL students won New Horizon Team Awards from the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) in 2014 and 2015 and an Individual New Horizon award in 2017. Five students presented posters at the 2015 National APA conference, three at the 2017 conference, one at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Political Science Conference, and two at the 2015 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference. Two students were in “Student and Active Alum Spotlight” features on the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning website in 2017. KU UBPL students have been Helene M. Overly Scholarship recipients in 2015, 2016, and 2017 from the WTS-Kansas City (Transportation Chapter).

2017-18 Tuition and Fees  
In State Residents, per full-time academic year* $11,816.10
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year* $25,090.10
Student Retention Rate Percent
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2016 and continued into fall 2017 84.61%   
Student Graduation Rate Percent
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2013** 93.33%
Number of Degrees Awarded           
Number of degrees awarded for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year 15
AICP Certification Percent  
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2011 66.6%        
Employment Percent  
Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2017*** 76.9%                    

*Assuming 18/24 credit hours are courses where course fees are $50.95/credit hour
**Fall 2013
***Spring 2017


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