The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) is the body that accredits construction and construction management programs. ACCE was established in 1974 to be a leading global advocate of quality construction education, and to promote, support, and accredit quality construction education programs around the world.
In February 2013, The Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education announced the accreditation of the Construction Science and Management program at Texas State University. The program has maintained the stringent standards of ACCE, and has proven to the Board of Trustees, through a visiting team of its peers and industry practitioners, that the program is worthy of accreditation.
At the time of accreditation, the CSM program was the third out of 11 construction programs in Texas and the 70th in the nation to receive this designation.
The accreditation standards for ACCE may be found at http://www.acce-hq.org/.
The Construction Science and Management Program (CSM) scheduled for a re-accreditation visit from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) on October 14-17, 2017.
Below is the Self-Study Report submitted in June of 2017:
Below is our ACCE Final Self Evaluation Study dated July 2012:
Construction Science and Management Mission Statement
The Mission of the Construction Science and Management program is to achieve a nationally recognized, student-centered, industry-oriented, construction program that prepares graduates to become outstanding future leaders, well versed in relevant management practices, current construction techniques and methods used to construct the built environment.
From this Mission Statement, ten “Program Outcomes” were developed to support the above mission. They are:
Outcome Number 1
Students will demonstrate an understanding of construction fundamentals.
Outcome Number 2
Students will demonstrate an understanding of construction processes.
Outcome Number 3
Students will apply effective communication skills.
Outcome Number 4
Students will understand project risk management and project control processes.
Outcome Number 5
Students will demonstrate strong leadership, management and teamwork skills.
Outcome Number 6
Students will apply modern technology to solve construction related problems.
Outcome Number 7
Students will recognize and apply high professional practices, sustainability and ethical standards.
Outcome Number 8
Students will demonstrate an understanding and application of construction building systems.
Outcome Number 9
Students will demonstrate an understanding of construction business fundamentals.
Outcome Number 10
Students will demonstrate an understanding of safety plans and quality assurance.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
ACCE also requires that the Construction Science and Management Program meet the twenty (20) Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) which are listed below. For more details see the "Construction Science and Management" link under Quick Links on this webpage.
Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
Create a construction project safety plan.
Create construction project cost estimates.
Create construction project schedules.
Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
Apply construction management skills as an effective member of a multi- disciplinary team.
Apply electronic based technology to manage the construction process.
Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
Understand construction risk management.
Understand construction accounting and cost control.
Understand construction quality assurance and control.
Understand construction project control processes.
Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)
The CSM Program is also required by ACCE to have a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) which includes a set of Program Objectives, which are listed below under four Program Goals. Below are the 2017/18 Program Goals and Objectives that the program plans to accomplish this Academic Year, followed by the 2016/17 Program Goals and Objectives including the accomplishment report.
2016/17 Program Goals and Objectives (including Accomplishment Report)