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Academic Program Assessment

Introduction

Welcome to the homepage for assessment in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. If you are interested in available reporting templates and rubrics or in learning more about assessment, please go to assessment.unm.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact the current Special Assistant to the Dean for Assessment, Professor Kuppaswamy Iyengar, kiyengar@unm.edu.

Plans and Reports

2015 Assessment Plans and Reports include the following programs:

  1. Masters of Architecture (M Arch)
  2. MAsters of Science in Architecture (MS Arch)
  3. Bachelors of Arts in Architecture (BAA)
  4. Urban and Regional Design (suspended temporarily)
  5. Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)
  6. Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Planning and Design (BAEPD)
  7. Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  8. Historic Preservation and Regionalism Certificate (HPR)

State of Assessment

Overview

In 2015, the M.S. in Architecture program was revised to reflect current attitude in these types of programs in the country, and we have sought approval for the changes from the Faculty Senate.

Curricular issues are regularly discussed in faculty meetings and retreats. The M. Arch program is reviewed annually, and any major changes are reported to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), our professional accrediting body. The CRP and MLA programs report to the CRP reporting to the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and MLA to the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB). UNM SA+P Landscape Architecture program was reviewed for accreditation review in February 2016.

The MCRP program is developing a concentration in Indigenous Planning, the first of its kind in the nation; proposed curriculum changes were submitted.

SA+P has three units: Architecture (M Arch, MS Arch, and BA Arch); Community and Regional Planning (MCRP and BAEPD); and Landscape Architecture (MLA).  SA+P also offers two graduate certificate programs in Urban and Regional Design (URD) and Historic Preservation and Regionalism (HPR).

A description of the School’s state of assessment by Maturity Rubric Scores as put forth by assessment.unm.edu

Academic Program Maturity Rubric Scoring and Evaluation

Based on the maturity scores, the overall state of assessment of our major programs in the School is excellent.  The MS in Architecture, BAEPD and Historical Preservation Certificate programs need improvement in enrollment; the URD graduate certificate is suspended for this year.

We have created a new School-wide position, Special Assistant to the Dean for Outcomes Assessment and Quality Measurements, to advance the maturity of the programs’ assessment practices for the 2015-16 assessment period.