Prepare students for professional construction leadership positions, with a sense of ethical and environmental responsibility, and prepare them for advanced degree programs.
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.
Encourage CM faculty to be well informed and conversant with current industry issues. Position the size and offerings of the program to serve the changing needs of the construction industry and an expanding national and international student population. Be a positive force in the local and national construction industry through collaboration with other institutions and 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.
1. Continue to update curriculum to reflect global and national construction industry needs.
2. Improve managerial/business skills of students to take leadership roles.
1. Prepare students for successful construction industry career.
2. Offer courses to prepare students for global and national construction industry needs.
3. Fulfill accreditation agency requirements for curriculum.
4. Encourage undergraduate student to participate in student competitions, industry events, and various professional chapter meetings.
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 ethical, social and environmental responsibility of construction professionals.
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.