Urban and Regional Planning

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Studio Courses Urban Design and Neighborhood Revitalization
Studio Courses afford students the opportunity to integrate academic knowledge and skills acquired through course work in application to hands-on environments. Studios allow “real time” use of these skills and knowledge in developing projects for communities, public, private, and not for profit organizations.

Urban Design Studio
1. Goal

Students will trace the dynamics created contemporary urban spatial patterns and the planning and design theories that have guided public interventions in the built environment.  Students will analyze the basic range of urban design strategies as they have developed historically, and then examine what urban designers do; Students will investigate a number of reoccurring issues in urban design from the healthy city to sustainability through developing proposals for urban redevelopment.

1.1 Student Learning Outcome
Students will incorporate the hands-on learning processes with theories and concepts based on advanced urban design theories and practices which will allow the student to gain a comprehension of the real possibilities of urban design on the transformation of our cities.

 1.2 Measure

Students are expected to develop a presentation from several current topics in Urban Design selected by the instructor.  Key points will cover A. relatable topics to course subject matter and explore the sometimes multiple and competing points-of-view B.  State the issues and establish approaches pursuant to CP dialogue examined in class C. present either a group or individual presentation in the immediate next class following the assigned topic D. Discuss topics which are not more than 15 minutes, unless the instructor asks to extend the presentation E.  Provide a hard copy of the presentation to the instructor.

1.3 Target
Students will explain their viewpoints, concerns, and opinions utilizing urban design terminology with case study analysis and classroom roundtable discussions.  Eighty percent of students of the students will earn the grade of “B” and above.

1.4 Results for Outcome
For Academic Year 2018-2019, 50% of the students completed the assignments successfully.  50% of the students earned the grade of “B” and above.  One of the students dropped the course however, the one student who remained did obtain an “A” grade.

Neighborhood Revitalization Studio

2. Goal
Students were tasked to develop a Neighborhood Plan for Historic Farish Street.  The work was a collaborative, applied research project guided by a professional planner from the City of Jackson, MS and the Neighborhood Revitalization Studio professor.  The project required students to work collaboratively with each other and project advisor, improving interpersonal, negotiating and consensus building skills.

2.1 Student Learning Outcome
Students were expected to link planning theory, classroom instruction, and planning practice to create the Historic Farish Street Neighborhood Plan.  The effort included conducting onsite, observation fieldwork, archival research, photography, and copious note-taking.  A final written project was produced and an oral presentation was given to the city planner, professor, fellow students, and invited guests.  Students also created a poster of the project for presentation at the Joint MS-AL Chapters of the American Planning Association Conference.  

2.2 Measure
Students were evaluated by the professor on each Student Learning Outcome for individually assigned and group tasks that contributed to the Neighborhood Plan and the poster, as well as class assignments and other requirements.  The group evaluation was divided into two parts:  oral and written.  Each measure was tied to the Goal and Student Learning Outcomes.  Additionally, students conducted a peer evaluation, which was not factored into the measures but was utilized by the professor to gauge peer interaction and assessment.

Course Grade Point Average (GPA) for all students was 3.0.

Class Attendance and Participation


Individual Grade

Mid-Term Exam/Project and Reflections



Mid-Term Status Report


Group & Individual Grade

Poster (MS-AL APA Conference)


Individual or Group Project Grade

Project Final Presentation and Write-up
(Oral Presentation) Sub-category
(Written Report)  Sub-category




Group Project Grade




2.3 Target
Students worked collaboratively with a planner from the City of Jackson to fulfill course goals and objectives and to produce the final document, Historic Farish Street Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.  They also created a poster to present at the MS-AL APA Conference.

2.4 Results for Outcome
All students (100%) completed all course assignments.  The quality of work varied, but all performed at or above acceptable measures-66.66% earned a grade of "B" and 33% earned a grade of "A."  The class Grade Point Average (GPA) for all students was 3.4.  The course had a 100% completion rate.

Internship Course

3. Goal
Students are expected to develop a professional planning experience that links coursework learning with planning practice.

3.1 Student Learning Outcome
Upon completion of the internship course, students will synthesize planning theory and practice to increase their readiness to enter the job market.

3.2 Measure
Students are required to attend seminars meetings, conferences and advisement related to their internship placement A. Internship supervisors will observe and supervise the students with their task and provide mid and end of the semester feedback B.  Instructor and supervisor will conduct an exit interview with the students C. Students will compile a portfolio consisting of the job description, projects, tasks assigned and evaluation.

3.3 Target
Students should increase their classroom learning experience with actual on-the-job planning application of skills.  80% of the internship students should earn the grade of “B” or above.

3.4 Results for Outcome
For Academic Year 2018-2019, 100% of the 2 students earned grades “B” and above.  They exceeded the 80% expected rate of performance at the assigned internship sites.

Internships Sites (2018-2019)

Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC)

S & L Tires, LLC

MA Students’ Overall Grade Point Averages

Fall 2018

Spring 2019
Student Averages

Grand Mean Average






ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015  ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018


8 4 2 3 8



  ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Graduates employed within one full year of graduation in a Planning Professional Job 1/25% 4/66% 1/50% 1/33% 5/55.56%
Graduates employed within one year of graduation in a Planning-related Job 1/25% 0/0% 1/50% 0/0% 1/11.11%
Graduates not employed in planning or planning related jobs within one year of graduation 2/50% 2/33% 1/50% 2/66% 3/0%
Graduates who pursue further education within one year of graduation 0/0% 0/0% 1/50% 0/0% 0/0%
Graduates with unknown employment status 4/50% 0/0% 0/0% 0/0% 0/0%


AICP Exam Passage Rate "Within three years of graduation"

 Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of graduates who took the exam 1 1 2 0 0 0
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% N/A N/A N/A




2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

In-State Residents, per full-time academic year                                           $4,153.00                                                     
Out-of-State Residents, per full-time academic year                                     $4,635.00

*Full-time classification for a graduate student at Jackson State University is 9.0 hours.


Student Retention Rate                                                                         Percent

Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2017 and continued into fall 2017 and continued into fall 2018                                                                                   33%


Student Graduation Rate                                                                     Percent

Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2014      42.85%    


Number Degrees Awarded

Number of degrees awarded for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year                             3                            
Number of degrees awarded for the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year                             8


AICP Certification                                                                              Percent 

Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2013                                                                                    10%
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2014                                                                                    N/A


Employment                                                                                        Percent

Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2017         50%
Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional, planning-related or other position within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2018                       28%