Public Information

Updated: Spring 2017

The following information is provided in conformance with the accreditation standards of ACCE, Document 103, Section VIII.

About Accreditation

The faculty at Lamar University designed the Reese Construction Management degree to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). In July 2014, ACCE awarded the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree Accreditation status.

About ACCE

Since 1974, the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) has been a leading global advocate of quality construction education that promotes, supports, and accredits quality construction education programs. The primary goal is promotion and continued improvement of post-secondary construction education: specifically, ACCE accredits construction education programs in colleges and universities that request its evaluation and meet its rigorous standards and criteria. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction science, construction management, and construction technology. ACCE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Learn more about the benefits of accreditation.

ACCE Contact Information

1717 North Loop 1604 East, Suite 320, San Antonio, Texas 78232-1570; ph: 210.495.6161; email: acce@acce-hq.org.

Role of Strategic Planning in Our Accreditation

A comprehensive Strategic Plan guides the Construction Management Program faculty and administration to continuously improve quality in a manner consistent with the goals and objectives of Lamar University, and the accreditation standards of the American Council on Construction Education (ACCE).

The figure below illustrates the complete circular nature of continuous quality control as laid out in the Strategic Plan.

ACCE Flowchart

Program Goals and Objectives

The CM Strategic Plan contains the Goals and Outcomes/Objectives shown below:

Goal 1. (Teaching) Develop and maintain a Learning Improvement Plan that fosters a student-learning culture where students become successful professionals in the construction discipline via a state-of-the-art education. That, in conformance with ACCE standards, education shall include providing students with hands-on opportunities in the classroom.

  • Outcome 1. (SLO) Create effective written communication appropriate to the construction discipline
  • Outcome 2. (SLO) Create effective oral communication appropriate to the construction discipline.
  • Outcome 3. (SLO) Create an entry-level construction project safety plan to determine and mitigate site safety hazards on real construction projects.
  • Outcome 4. (SLO) Create a construction project cost estimate.
  • Outcome 5. (SLO) Create construction project schedules.
  • Outcome 6. (SLO) Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles and critical decision making.
  • Outcome 7. (SLO) Students shall demonstrate an entry-level ability to determine analyze construction documents and apply electronic-based technology on real construction projects.
  • Outcome 8. (SLO) Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  • Outcome 9. (SLO) Students shall demonstrate various skills in team-based performance situations, such as leadership, and oral communication.
  • Objective 10. (SLO) Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process. • Objective 11. (SLO) Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  • Outcome 12. (SLO) Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
  • Objective 13. (SLO) Understand construction risk management. • Objective 14. (SLO) Understand construction accounting and cost control.
  • Outcome 15. (SLO) Understand construction quality assurance and control.
  • Outcome 16. (SLO) Understand construction project control processes.
  • Outcome 17. (SLO) Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project. • Objective 18. (SLO) Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
  • Outcome 19. (SLO) Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
  • Outcome 20. (SLO) Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and piping systems.
  • Objective 21. Create high-quality courses that includes several hands-on courses with 3-5 in-class activities per semester (including laboratories).
  • Objective 22. Provide high-quality opportunities industry partners to contribute to curriculum and co-curriculum development.
Goal 2. (Teaching) Build program size, facilities, and reputation.
  • Objective 23. Increase scholarship endowment funds.
  • Objective 24. Foster student-employee, employee-employee, employee-industry feedback.
  • Objective 25. Assist and support with recruitment, marketing, and retention initiatives.
  • Objective 26. Improve and increase the quality of program equipment and space.
Goal 3. (Teaching) Build program reputation and obtain ACCE accreditation.
  • Objective 27. Find and implement actions to meet American Council Construction Education (ACCE) accreditation requirements.
Goal 4. (Research) Seek financial resources for research. Support faculty and students doing research. Produce academic publications and presentations by faculty and students.
  • Objective 28. Secure research and research resources.
Goal 5. (Service) Develop and promote civic involvement and professional service opportunities.
  • Objective 30. Faculty should seek to attain internal and external service goals set by the University, College, and Department. Where appropriate, staff should seek service goals as well.
Goal 6. (Support) Recruit, develop, and maintain an exceptional faculty/staff, and program policies.
  • Objective 31. Hire and train faculty/staff to do the job at hand. Developed on an ad hoc basis.
  • Objective 32. Develop policies and procedures and maintain a consistent adherence. Developed on an ad hoc basis.
A complete copy of the current Strategic, Academic Quality And Learning Improvement Plan is available upon request from the Program Director.

Admission Requirements

Lamar University admission requirements can be found in the Lamar University Comprehensive Catalog.

Students must enter the Program with high school English, physics, chemistry, geometry, and college algebra, or their equivalents.

Program Assessment Measures

The metrics used in program assessment are:

  • Analysis and Implementation in Strategic Plan
  • Student Learning Notebooks, including Course Plans and Course Syllabi
  • Online Course Evaluation
  • Critical Thinking Rubric
  • Written Communication Rubric
  • Team-based Performance Rubric
  • Construction Work Methods and Sequence Rubric
  • Construction Job Site Safety Administration Rubric
  • Student-peer Evaluation Rubric
  • Project Estimate Rubric
  • Ethical Thinking Rubric
  • Construction Document Analysis
  • Construction Work Methods and Materials Rubric
  • Capstone Project Oral Presentation Evaluation Form
  • Internal Comprehensive Exam
  • Graduating Senior Exit Interview
  • Industry Survey
  • Alumni Survey
  • LU Program Review
  • Internship Evaluations
  • Student Advising Feedback

Assessment Measures and Resulting Actions

Student Graduation Rates

Academic Year Graduates
2017 (Fall 2016, Spring and Summer 2017) 2
2016 (Fall 2015, Spring and Summer 2016) 7
2015 (Fall 2014, Spring and Summer 2015) 6
2014 (Fall 2013, Spring and Summer 2014) 5
2013 (Fall 2012, Spring and Summer 2013) 11
2012 (Fall 2011, Spring and Summer 2012) 1
2011 (Fall 2010, Spring and Summer 2011) 2
Pre-Fall 2010 0
Total 34

Student Employment Rates and Types

Type of Employer No. Graduates
Spring 2011 - Spring 2017
Construction or construction management firm 30
Construction related employment 1
Material or equipment supplier 1
Owner (utility, R.R., etc.) 0
Design or development 0
Continuing education 0
Non-construction employment 0
*Seeking employment in construction 0
No information 2
Total 34

Average Starting Salary

As of June 5, 2017, the average starting salary for our graduates is $55,000.

This average is based on a voluntary exit survey of graduating seniors, and includes data provided by 13 of 34 graduates.

Supporting Data

A complete copy of the current Strategic, Academic Quality And Learning Improvement Plan is available upon request from the Program Director.