GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PLANNING
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
Rio Piedras Campus
Planning Accreditation Board
PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS
Updated February 2018
The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information be posted for the Master in planning program.
Goals of the Master in Planning Program
Period of 2010-2017
1. The Planning program is focused on theoretical learning, social engagement, and application of state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques of analysis, synthesis, and prognosis. Techniques that professional planners use in connection with the design of plans, programs and projects related to environmental, urban, social and economic problems and issues, affecting Puerto Rico’s society as an integral part of the Caribbean archipelago.
2. To develop planning as a discipline and a profession by updating the teaching of knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to theoretical, methodological and institutional aspects and on the content of plans, policies, programs and instruments resulting from the practice.
3. To advance the knowledge of planning theory and practice in order to address objectives and social and planning problems of Puerto Rico and Latin America Through systematic research on the part of professors and students.
Within the context of the above goals, the RPS’s Long-Term OBJECTIVES are to provide a learning experience for the student to develop the following:
1. A high level of ethical conduct regarding the citizen’s rights to be informed and to participate effectively in plans, programs and projects that affect them and their natural and social and cultural environment.
2. A multi-disciplinary capacity to analyze economic, social, urban and environmental factors blocking the improvement of PR society and its natural and built environments and to recognize the features most relevant to planned interventions and improvements.
3. A lifetime commitment to formulate innovative, creative and feasible solutions in the form of plans, programs and projects; to foresee their consequences and to evaluate their results in search continuous improvements.
4. A lifetime commitment to improve his/her theoretical abilities, practical techniques and communicative, oral, written and graphic skills, by frequently reading professional books and journals and attending related courses.
Overall Student Achievement
Learning assessment of graduating students:
This assessment of learning domains is executed with a 70 items rubric, which covers the relevant competencies of these three domains, and assigns an ordinal value in a scale of 0 to 2 points. These points correspond, in the same order, to unmet, partially met and met criteria.
Measures of assessment rubrics of learning objectives on research, critical planning, and communication skills applied to planning project by graduating students
• Research skills consist to identify, define, and frame a research questions; design and implement a research method to validate, measure and analyze the problem; based on findings identify and/or design actionable solutions to the problem
• Communicative skills to effectively present his/her ideas and work in written, verbal, graphic and visual modes.
• Planning methodologies cover the whole integrated planning process consisting in the design of a plan or intervention, objectives, strategies, resources, outcomes and evaluation.
Rubric assessment result for the graduating class of Academic Year 2016 to 2017
Unsatisfactory: Bellow 70% of items
Satisfactory: 70 to 84% of Items
Excellent: Above 85% items
Research skills: 50% of 8 students has satisfactory and 50% excellent research skills.
Planning skills: 60% had satisfactory skills and 40% had excellent critical planning skills.
Communication skills: 60% had satisfactory communication skills and 40% excellent.
2017-18 Tuition and Fees
In State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 3,774.00
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 6,970.00
Student Retention Rate Percent
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2016 and continued into fall 2017 74%
Student Graduation Rate Percent
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2013 59%
Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year 10
AICP Certification Percent
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2012 *0%
Percentage of bachelor’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 7 years who pass, graduating class of 2010 **0%
Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2016 40%
*No students graduated in 2012 took the AICP Exam in 2017. Therefore, the Program does not have an AICP exam pass rate to report for the most recent graduating class for which the 5-year time period has been completed.
** No students graduated in 2010 took the AICP Exam in 2017. Therefore, the Program does not have an AICP exam pass rate to report for the most recent graduating class for which the 7-year time period has been completed.
PASS RATES OF LICENSING EXAM FOR GRADUATES OF 2011-2012
The aspiring planning professionals in Puerto Rico do not take the AICP Exam. In Puerto Rico, Law Number 160 of the year 1996 establishes the requirement of passing an exam administered by the island government’s Examining Board of Professional Planners to qualify for a license for professional planning practice.
The Passing rates for the graduates of the Graduate School of Planning who took the exam within 5 years of their graduation in the years 2011 – 2012:
Of the graduates in the year 2011-2012 who took the exam in the following 5 years, 86% passed the licensing exam before December 2017