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CSM Program - ACCE Accreditation

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 initial accreditation of the Construction Science and Management (CSM) program at Texas State University for a period of five (5) years. This five-year term is the maximum granted for an initial accreditation.

The CSM program was re-accredited in Spring of 2018 for the maximum period of six (6) years with the next program accreditation scheduled for the Spring of 2024. To prepare for the re-accreditation, an ACCE-Self-Study-Report, dated June 2017 (see below) was written and approved by the ACCE, which cleared the way for a site visit. This site visit was conducted between October 14-17, 2017 by an ACCE appointed "Visiting Team" consisting of three members plus one member-in -training.

Construction Science and Management (CSM) Mission Statement

The Mission of the CSM 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.

The following 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 CSM Program meet the twenty (20) SLOs listed below.

  1. Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
  2. Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
  3. Create a construction project safety plan.
  4. Create construction project cost estimates.
  5. Create construction project schedules.
  6. Analyze professional decisions based upon ethical principles.
  7. Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
  8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  9. Apply construction management skills as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  10. Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
  11. Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  12. Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process. 
  13. Understand construction risk management.
  14. Understand construction accounting and cost control.
  15. Understand construction quality assurance and control.
  16. Understand construction project control processes.
  17. Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project. 
  18. Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
  19. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
  20. 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.

2017/18 Program Goals and Objectives

2016/17 Program Goals and Objectives (including Accomplishment Report)