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Program Mission

Mission:

Prepare students for professional construction leadership positions, with a sense of ethical and environmental responsibility, and prepare them for advanced degree programs.

Strategy:

In order to accomplish the CM Department's mission to prepare students for industry leadership positions, as well as for graduate studies in construction management, we use the following plan:

The CM Department programs are modeled to reflect the organization of the construction industry by offering concentrations in Land Development, General Contracting, Specialty Construction (Electrical & Mechanical), and Facilities Management.  A Heavy Horizontal Construction concentration will be added soon.  This organization not only covers the different facets of the construction industry, but also encompasses the entire life cycle of buildings and facilities.

We endeavor to exceed the accreditation (ABET, ACCE, SACs, IFMA) standards for BS and MS Programs to not only stay competitive but remain a leader among institutions offering one or more similar degrees or concentrations.

Through professional development activities of the Construction Management Faculty, we ensure that the quality of instruction and related technologies stays current on innovations that continuously re-shape the Construction Industry.  All Construction Management tenure-track faculty members publish in peer-reviewed publications and participate in regional, national and international conferences related to their field of specialization.

For quality assurance and enhancement, the department, in collaboration with the Industry Advisory Board, undertakes surveys of stakeholders, which include students, graduates, employers, and alumni.  The results of these surveys are shared periodically with the board and faculty to identify the improvements required at the course, department and the institutional level.

The Construction Industry Advisory Board's objective is to ensure that students meet the educational and career needs of the industry from an employer’s perspective.  Through their organizational structure, the board recommends actions to the department to ensure that learning outcomes at the program level meet or exceed employer needs.  The board also plays a critical role in prescribing state of the art facilities and instructional technologies for teaching different courses. The board members regularly participate in stakeholder assessment surveys, which are in addition to reviewing of capstone and research projects each semester to benchmark the quality of graduates and to identify areas for improvement.

Curriculum:

Empower our faculty to predict future industry trends to stay ahead of the curve.

Program

Position the size and offerings of the program to serve the growing needs of the industry and an expanding national and international student population.

Context

Be a positive force in both the construction industry and the community through collaboration with other institutions by participation in professional and community organizations.

Add to the body of construction management knowledge through scholarly research and publications.

Support the strategic and academic direction of Southern Polytechnic State University. 

 

Program Educational Objectives

1.      Students- meet the educational needs and prepare them for the construction industry career needs. 

A.     The ability to hold progressively more responsible positions in the construction related fields.

B.     Engage in life-long learning.

C.     Communicate effectively as a construction management professional with team members and higher management.

D.     Work effectively as a team member, whether as a participant or as a leader.

E.      Demonstrate ethical behavior as a professional in construction related fields with sensitivity to the impact of construction work to the environment and the society.

F.      Pursue and successfully complete an advanced degree if desired.

 

2.      Curriculum- maintain a challenging curriculum that is consistent with national standards and regional industrial needs.

A.     Maintain a curriculum that is consistent with national recommended standards (ACM)

B.     Maintain an up-to-date curriculum by taking into account significant changes within the discipline and regional needs.

C.     Encourage faculty to be well informed and conversant on industry issues.

D.     Position the size and offerings of the program to serve the growing needs of industry and an expanding national and international student population.

E.      Be a positive force in the construction industry and the community through collaboration with other institutions and participation in professional and community organizations.

F.      Add to the body of construction management knowledge through scholarly research and publications.

G.     Support the strategic and academic direction of Southern Polytechnic State University.


Undergraduate Program Educational Outcomes

Each graduate of the construction management undergraduate program should be able to:

1.      Estimate construction project implementation costs.

2.      Produce construction project implementation schedules.

3.      Carry-out construction project management related tasks.

4.      Demonstrate people skills to function as a team player.

5.      Demonstrate communication ability with construction project team members.

6.      Demonstrate capability to pursue advanced degree programs.

7.      Analyze process materials and methods of construction from an ethical, social and environmental responsible perspective.

 

Undergraduate Program Assessment Methods

Assessment Table

Assessment Method

Frequency of  Assessment

Data Collected Media

How Collected

From Whom Collected

Responsible for Collection

Who Evaluates Data

Frequency of Evaluation

Industry

Evaluation

Twice a year

Assessments’ Reports

In paper

Ind. panel members

Capstone Course Instructor

Dept. Chair

Once per year

Exit Interviews

Once per year

Response to Interview Questions

Verbal

Capstone Seniors

Dept. Chair

Dept Chair

Once per year

Employer Surveys

Once every three year

Surveys

Paper

Employers of CM graduates

Graduate Faculty

Graduate Faculty

Once every three year

Alumni Survey 2007

Alumni Survey 2010

Once every three year

Surveys

Paper

CM Alumni

Graduate Faculty

Graduate Faculty

Once every three year

Capstone Project

Twice a year

Faculty Assessment Reports

Paper and Verbal

Faculty

Capstone Course Instructor

Dept Chair

Once per year


Construction Management Goals AY 2007

Construction Management Goals AY 2008

Construction Management Goals AY 2009

Under Graduate Program Outcomes

Construction Management Program Mission

 

Graduate Program Educational Outcomes

Each graduate of the construction management graduate program should be able to:

1.      Prepare bids and estimates for construction projects.

2.      Prepare construction schedule and manage project risks.

3.      Carry-out project management related tasks.

4.      Conduct research and disseminate findings through publications.

5.      Pursue advanced degree programs.

Graduate Student engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training experiences

Graduate Program Assessment Table

Graduate Program Assessment Measures

Graduate Program Assessment Results

Actions taken as a result of Graduate Program Assessment Feedback

Graduate Program Goals & Objectives