Department of

Community And Regional Planning

About Us

Accredited Program

Iowa State’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning (BSCRP) and graduate Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree programs are nationally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Why does accreditation matter?

Accreditation evaluates and recognizes an educational institution’s performance and quality. Graduation from an accredited program establishes that you have met the educational standards of the professional planning organizations. Both the BSCRP and MCRP programs were reaccredited for a seven-year term effective Jan. 1, 2018, through December 31, 2024. The next accreditation review will be during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Program Outcomes

The faculty of the Department of Community and Regional Planning have developed a set of outcomes for its BSCRP and MCRP programs. We are presently developing a simplified set of outcomes to track progress.

Public Information

All accredited schools of planning are expected to provide information to the public on the performance of the planning program and its students. The information below is from the Department of Community and Regional Planning files and meets this expectation. Here are downloadable versions of this information for the BSCRP and MCRP programs.

Student Achievement

Students that secure internship and want to get credit can register for CRP 330 (upper level undergraduates) or CRP 530 (graduates). These courses may be taken for 1 to 3 semester credit hours and is repeatable. At the end of the internship, the student’s supervisor is expected to complete and submit an evaluation form to the CRP Department internship coordinator. Supervisors evaluate the interns on a number of indicators on the student’s performance including their writing ability, speaking ability, understanding of planning concepts, ability to analyze problems, and effectiveness in carrying out assignments. For each of these indicators, the intern is rated on a scale of 4 (Excellent = 4; Good = 3; Fair = 2; Poor =1). We use the overall mean score for these indicators as a measure of overall student achievement in the program. Note that some of the our students who complete planning internships, decide not to register for the course credit so their supervisors are not required to complete an evaluation form.

 

Semester Bachelors Program Masters Program
Overall mean score Overall mean score
2014–2015 (spring, summer & fall) 3.5 3.5
2015–2016 3.7 3.7
2016–2017 3.9 3.8

Cost of Attendance

Contact: Student Financial Aid | Email: financialaid@iastate.edu | Phone: (515) 294-2223

Information concerning the cost of attending ISU is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. These costs consist of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest.

Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate

2017-18 Academic Year Tuition Fees Total
In-state $7,456 $1,180 $8,636
Out-of-state: $21,292 $1,180 $22,480

Graduate Program

2017-18 Academic Year Tuition Fees Total
In-state $8,944 $1,134 $10,078
Out-of-state: $22,656 $1,134 $23,790

Iowa State University provides a planning tool for estimating total expenses at
http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/cost/expenses-estimator.php

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

During 2016 the Department of Community and Regional Planning awarded BSCRP degrees to 15 students and MCRP degrees to 17 graduates. Graduation rate data are not available at the department level. Graduation data and retention rates for ISU full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students are available in the ISU Fact Book. ISU retention, graduation, and transfer out data are also available in the ISU College Portrait.

Bachelors Program Retention and Graduation Rates

Academic Year Entering Cohort Retention Rate Graduated within 6 years Graduation Rate
2009 – 2010 30 77% 22 73%
2010 – 2011 24 83% 20 83%
2011 – 2012 35 83% 27 77%
2012 – 2013 28 75% 21 75%
2013 – 2014 29 90% 21 72%*
2014 – 2015 30 77% 19 63%**
2015 – 2016 30 97% n/a n/a
2016 – 2017 21 81%  n/a n/a

*5-year graduation rate
**4-year graduation rate

Number of Degrees Awarded:
2014 – 24
2015 – 16
2016 – 15
2017 – 33

Master’s Program Retention and Graduation Rates

 

Academic Year Number enrolled Retention Rate Graduated with 4 years Graduation Rate
2010 – 2011 11 100% 10 91%
2011 – 2012 6 100% 5 89%
2012 – 2013 10 80% 8 80%
2013 – 2014 15 100% 12 80%
2014 – 2015 15 87% 13 87%
2015 – 2016 14 100% 11* 78%*
2016 – 2017 10 80% n/a n/a
2017 – 2018 17 n/a n/a n/a

*3 year graduation rate

Number of Degrees Awarded:
2014 – 12
2015 – 9
2016 – 17
2017 – 21

AICP Exam Pass Rate

To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam. The ACIP pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within 5 years of graduating from a master’s program, and/or within 7 years of graduating from a bachelor’s program. The APA keeps historical AICP pass rate data for all planning schools, which can be found at https://www.planning.org/certification/passrates/.

Bachelors Program
Professional Certification Percent
Percentage of Bachelor’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 7 years who pass, Graduating class of 2010. 87.5%
Percentage of Bachelor’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 7 years who pass, Graduating class of 2009. 100%
Masters Program
Professional Certification Percent
Percentage of Master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, Graduating class of 2012. 100%
Percentage of Master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, Graduating class of 2011. 100%

Employment Rate

The Employment Rate measures the percentage of graduates who obtain planning positions or elect to pursue an advanced degree within one year of graduation. The College of Design surveys graduates of the program one year after graduation.

Bachelors Program Masters Program
2012 (calendar year)
  • Percent of graduates obtaining full time planning or planning related employment within 12 months of graduating, graduating class of 2012
68% 100%
  • Pursuing advanced degree
28% 0%
2013 (calendar year)
  • Percent of graduates obtaining full time planning or planning related employment within 12 months of graduating, graduating class of 2013
82% 100%
  • Pursuing advanced degree
12% 0%
2014 (calendar year)
  • Percent of graduates obtaining full time planning or planning related employment within 12 months of graduating, graduating class of 2014
65% 82%
  • Pursuing advanced degree
20% 9%
2015 (calendar year)
  • Percent of graduates obtaining full time planning or planning related employment within 12 months of graduating, graduating class of 2015
59.1% 75%
  • Pursuing advanced degree
13.6% 25%
2016 (calendar year)
  • Percent of graduates obtaining full time planning or planning related employment within 12 months of graduating, graduating class of 2016
80% 85%
  • Pursuing advanced degree
13% 7%

Historic survey data for all majors in the College of Design.

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