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Community & Regional Planning

Student Achievement


Since the early 1980s, graduate students in the Community and Regional Planning Program have been recognized for their academic achievement and community-based activities.  Through coursework, theses, final projects, studio courses and faculty-led research, students work in areas that range from revitalizing neighborhoods and traditional communities to Indigenous planning and design.  The Program's local, regional, and national scholarship reflect CRP's commitment to community-based planning and professional practice.

Thesis Defense Evaluations

Student achievement measured by thesis defense committee's ratings on Report on Thesis (Scale:  5-Excellent / 4-Very Good / 3-Good / 2-Fair / 1-Poor).  Out of twenty-eight students who completed a thesis from Spring 2014 through Spring 2017, the following percentages apply:

  • 93% received a rating of good or higher on planning knowledge.
  • 89% received a rating of good or higher on planning methods.
  • 82% received a rating of good or higher on effective written and graphic presentation.
  • 93% received an overall rating of good or higher.

Faculty Advisor Assessment at Graduation

Based on 73 assessments at graduation on the following five outcomes in calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.Percentage who rated student ExcellentPercentage who rated student GoodPercentage who rated student less than Good
Student can develop and interpret strategies grounded in both historical context and data to recommend planning interventions in local, regional, national and/or international issues.68%27%4%
Student can assess the ways communities interact with institutions and organizations that manage natural, built and local economic systems, including land use, land tenure, and local economic develpment and other resources for mutual well-being.65%32%3%
Student is able to use quantitative and qualitative analysis to produce insights into planning problems and communicate outcomes clearly and effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of verbal, graphic and written formats.55%32%14%
Student can produce rigorous, complete, well-written and graphically pleasing community-based plans, policies and/or critical analyses.55%41%4%
Student demonstrates knowledge of the key roles planners play in place- and policy-making, and pursue solutions recognizing physical, cultural, economic, social and/or environmental sustainability.70%25%5%


Student Self-Assessment at Graduation

Based on 73 self-assessments at graduation on the following five outcomes in calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.Percentage who rated themselves ExcellentPercentage who rated themselves GoodPercentage who rated themselves less than Good
Student can develop and interpret strategies grounded in both historical context and data to recommend planning interventions in local, regional, national and/or international issues.79%21%
Student can assess the ways communities interact with institutions and organizations that manage natural, built and local economic systems, including land use, land tenure, and local economic development and other resourcees for mutual well-being.75%25%
Student is able to use quantitative and qualitative analysis to produce insights into planning problems and communicate outcomes clearly and effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of verbal, graphic and written formats.62%35%4%
Student can produce rigorous, complete, well-written and graphically pleasing community-based plans, policies and/or critical analyses.60%38%1%
Student demonstrates knowledge of the key roles planners play in place- and policy-making, and pursue solutions recognizing physical, cultural, economic, social and/or environmental sustainability.82%18%

Tuition and Fees

Full-time graduate tuition for Academic Year 2017-2018 (9 credit hours in fall and 9 credit hours in spring):

  • New Mexico residents:  $6,554.10
  • Out-of-State students: $18,146.82

For a complete list of student fees and for a per-credit-hour breakdown of tuition rates, please refer to the UNM Fall 2017 Tuition and Fees fact sheet on the Office of the Registrar website.

Retention, Completion and Exam Pass Rates

Retention Rate

Percentage of degree-seeking MCRP students who entered in the Fall of 2016 who are continuing in the Fall of 2017: 94%

4-Year Graduation Rates

Percentage of MCRP students graduating within 4 years - Fall 2013 entering 
cohort: 72%

Degrees Earned

Academic year 2016-2017 (fall/spr/sum): 21

2014-2017 AICP Exam Pass Rate

UNM MCRP Graduates: 83%

Post Graduation Employment Rates

In the 2016 calendar year, 30 students graduated from the MCRP Program. One year after graduation, they were employed in the following fields:

Public Planning/Related (local, state, federal, or tribal agencies)12
Private Planning/Related (includes private sector and architectural positions)3
Non-Profit Planning3
Further University2
Other types of positions6
Unknown4
Total30