Land Use Planning Policy M.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Department of Geography's LUPP program offers the only Masters Degree in city and regional planning in the state of Nevada.  The program prepares students to become professional planners working for local, county and state governments, as well as private practice.  Student preparation is achieved through a balanced curriculum, internships and part-time work in professional offices, and extra-curricular activities, such as field trips, participation in planning processes, and attending public meetings.

When active, the program strives to provide students with the practical skills needed for entry level employment, as well as a broader critical perspective that will enable them to develop innovative solutions.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will exhibit progress in the LUP Program during their first year following enrollment.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each Student will form a graduate committee.
  • Each student, in cooperation with their committee chairperson, will develop and submit a formal program of study.
Assessment Method
  • The LUPP director and committee chairperson will approve the student's graduate committee.
  • The LUPP director and committee chairperson will approve the program of study.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values central to the field of land use planning.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each student will complete the LUPP core curriculum with satisfactory grades
Assessment Method
  • LUPP director will review program of study to ascertain that the core courses have been complete with satisfactory grades

2. Students will be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge in one or two areas of planning.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each student will schedule and complete a comprehensive exam
Assessment Method
  • The student's graduate committee will assess the comprehensive exam

3. Students will be able to demonstrate advanced research skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each student will write a thesis or professional paper on a topic approved by his committee chairperson and graduate committee. The student will regularly submit draft chapters to his/her graduate committee for critical comment
Assessment Method
  • The student's graduate committee will assess the thesis or professional paper