MCP 2013 Exit Survey
As a graduate of the Master of Community Planning (MCP) program at Auburn University, you should be able to demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills, and values central to the planning profession.

These include:

A. GENERAL PLANNING KNOWLEDGE: the comprehension, representation, and use of ideas and information in the planning field, including appropriate perspectives from history, social science, and the design professions.

B. PLANNING SKILLS: the use and application of knowledge to perform specific tasks required in the practice of planning.

C. PLANNING VALUES AND ETHICS: the understanding of key values that inform ethical and normative principles used to guide planning in a democratic society, including issues of diversity and social justice.

Survey Questions

Part I: PLANNING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND VALUES.

Please respond to the statements below (1= strongly disagree, 2= disagree, 3= neutral, 4= agree, and 5= strongly agree).
A. GENERAL PLANNING KNOWLEDGE
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PURPOSE AND MEANING OF PLANNING: appreciation of why planning is undertaken by communities, cities, regions, and nations, and the impact planning is expected to have.

I have gained a basic understanding of the purpose and meaning of planning.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
2
PLANNING THEORY: appreciation of the behaviors and structures available to bring about sound planning outcomes.

I have gained a basic understanding of planning theory.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
3
PLANNING LAW: appreciation of the legal and institutional contexts within which planning occurs.

I have gained a basic understanding of planning law.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
4
HUMAN SETTLEMENTS: understanding of the growth and development of places over time and across space.

I have gained a basic understanding of human settlements.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
5
THE FUTURE: understanding of the relationships between past, present, an dfuture in planning domains, as well as the potential for methods of design, analysis, and intervention to influence the future.

I have gained a basic understanding of the planning profession and the future.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
6
GLOBAL DIMENSIONS OF PLANNING: appreciations of interactions, flows of people and materials, cultures, and differing approaches to planning across world regions.

I have gained a basic understanding of the global dimensions of planning.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
7
Please comment on the degree to which the program provided you with the GENERAL PLANNING KNOWLEDGE necessary for professional practice.
B. PLANNING SKILLS
8
RESEARCH: tools for assembling and analyzing ideas and information from prior practice and scholarship, and from primary and secondary sources.

I have enhanced my research skills.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
9
WRITTEN, ORAL, AND GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION: ability to prepare clear, accurate and compelling text, graphics and maps for use in documents and presentations.

I have enhanced my skills in written, oral and graphic communication.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
10
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE METHODS: data collection, analysis and modeling tools for forecasting, policy analysis, and design of projects and plans.

I have developed the necessary skills related to quantitative and qualitative methods.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
11
PLAN CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION: integrative tools useful for sound plan formulation, adoption, and implementation and enforcement.

I have developed basic skills related to plan creation and implementation.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
12
PLANNING PROCESS METHODS: tools for stakeholder involvement, community engagement, and working with diverse communities.

I have developed basic skills related to planning process methods.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
13
LEADERSHIP: tools for attention, formation and strategic decision-making, team building, and organizational/community motivation.

I have developed basic skills to exercise leadership in the planning profession.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
14
Please comment on the degree to which the program provided you with the PLANNING SKILLS necessary for professional practice.
C. PLANNING VALUES AND ETHICS
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PROFESSIONAL EHTICS AND RESPONSIBILITY: appreciation of key issues of planning ethics and related questions of the ethics of public decision-making, research, and client representation (including principles of the AICP Code of Ethics and other related principles, as appropriate).

I have developed basic appreciation of professional ethics and responsibility.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
16
GOVERANCE AND PARTICIPATION: appreciation of the roles of officials, stakeholders, and community members in planned change.

I have developed basic appreciation of roles and processes of governance and participation.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
17
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: appreciation of natural resource and pollution control factors in planning, and understanding of how to create sustainable futures.

I have developed basic appreciation of factors related to sustainability and environmental quality.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
18
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: appreciation of economic, social, and cultural factors in urban and regional growth and change.

I have developed basic appreciation of factors related to growth and development.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
19
SOCIAL JUSTICE: appreciation of equity concerns in planning.

I have developed a basic appreciation of the relation of social justice to planning.
strongly disagreedisagreeneutralagreestrongly agree
20
Please comment on the degree to which the program provided you with the appropriate appreciation for PLANNING VALUES AND ETHICS.
PART II: DEGREES AND CERTIFICATIONS
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In addition to the MCP degree, did you complete an additional degree at Auburn?
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If you completed an additional degree at Auburn, what was it?
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Do you plan to pursue AICP certification by taking the examination once you're eligible?
Part III: PROGRAM STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

Please answer the following questions:
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Program Strengths: What do you see as the strengths of the MCP program?
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Program weaknesses: What do you see as weaknesses of the MCP program?
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Recommendations. What recommendations would you make to improve the MCP program for future students?