American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

CM Program

Location: RVR Hall 4024
Hours: M - F 9:00AM To 4:00PM 
Phone: 1-(916)-278-6616 

Section VIII: Relations with the General Public

Program Academic Quality Improvement (AQI):

  • Currently Accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
    • Dual accredited with ACCE and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology) until 1996. 
  • Sacramento Construction Management Education Foundation (SCMEF) formed in 2003.
    • Board Members (15 max) - Construction Industry and Design Professionals
      • 3-year Terms
      • Several Committees
      • Student Competition, Scholarships, Events, and Mentoring
    • Mission Statement: To increase the number of graduates of the Sacramento State Construction Management Program, enhance the student's experience, and provide support to the faculty
    • Annual Events hosted by SCMEF
    •  Fall Student Welcome
      • Industry and student meet and greet, formal event ($5,000 - $15,000 per year)
      • Scholarship Program, awards between $6,000 - $15,000 per year
      • Annual CM Scholarship and Awards Reception ($6,000 - $10,000 per year)
      • Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition Expenses ($35,000 - $45,000 per year)
  • Comprehensive Curriculum Reviews
    • 2003/04 Academic Year - Program Curriculum reviewed by industry advisory committee, and compared with other CM programs in California. Industry advisory board noted that curriculum was rigorous, demanding, and appropriate for new hires in the construction industry
    • 2003/04 Academic Year
    • Faculty curriculum review, reducing units from 139 to 132 (semester credits), with course changes to the Business Minor and CM Major, and re-evaluated pre-requisite requirements in an effort to meet the current demands of the industry.
    • Summer 2010 Faculty Retreat (2 days)
    • Review curriculum and develop plans for implementing new and revised courses. Review and update the Program Educational Objectives and the Program Learning Outcomes to be more aligned with current trends in the Construction Management industry.
    • Spring 2012
    • Industry and Faculty meetings to ensure curriculum is current and make changes for improvement for the 2012/13 academic year, including reducing units from 132 to 126 per the California State University directive.
  • Faculty-Industry Joint Effort in Faculty Development - Samples below
    • Professor Mikael Anderson
    • Volunteered for Teichert Construction during the fall 2003 semester to further prepare in teaching the Equipment Productivity course for the following spring semester (CM 124)
    • Professor Justin Reginato
    • Worked for HMH Construction in the summer 2009 and for Swinerton Incorporated in the summer 2010 to further prepare in teaching the Fundamentals of Estimating course (CM 121), advanced Estimating course (CM 125) and Scheduling course (CM 127)
    • Building Information Modeling courses and seminars provided to all faculty by ACCO Engineered Systems (mechanical contractor) and Turner Construction (General Building Contractor) during the summer 2010 and 2011. Currently developing course materials to implement BIM across several courses from the sophomore to the senior levels.

Program Vision Statement

  • The CSUS Construction Management Program faculty and staff will consistently attain the highest standards in the development of construction entrepreneurial excellence

Program Mission

  • The principal mission of the Construction Management program is to continue fostering the development of individuals who are qualified upon graduation to perform ethically, responsibly and productively in management positions with construction contractors. Maintaining a construction management program that is vibrant, relevant, and responsive to the students and industry it serves will fulfill the mission. Broad-based fundamental technical and management skill, an understanding of the political, economic, and social issues influencing the industry, sensitivity to moral and ethical issues involving the profession, and effective communication and teamwork skills characterize the CSUS Construction Management Program graduate. Faculty will continue to encourage their students to think like business owners, to independently explore and discover, to recognize education as a life-long endeavor, and to be thoughtful, responsible citizens.
  • Secondarily, the Construction Management Program will be a source of education, training, and research for organizations performing construction services, when resources permit and demand exists.

Goals & Objectives

  • Program Educational Objectives
  • Program Learning Outcomes
  • University Baccalaureate Learning Goals
  • Individual Course Level:
    • Standardized Syllabus for each CM Course
    • Course Objective(s) - listed on each syllabus
    • Specific Educational Outcomes - listed on each syllabus

Program Assessment

  • Course Mapping
    • Sample Course Mapping
    • Timeline for Completion of all CM course mapping as follows:
      • Spring 2012 - CM 20, CM 22, CM 30, CM 111, CM 125, CM 127, CM 129, CM 135, and CM 140
      • Fall 2012 - CM 9, CM 10, CM 21, CM 40, CM 110, CM 120, CM 121, CM 124, CM 126, CM 130, CM 136, and CM 150
  • Direct Measures
    • Action Plan to complete closing the loop on assessment
      • Mandatory Course Reflections (full-time and part-time faculty)- began Fall 2011, continuing indefinitely each semester.Course Reflections Statement
      • All Faculty to collect and analyze data from course mapping and report to CM program coordinator, including making the adjustment to the course curriculum to address the weak assessment
  • Indirect Measures
    • Senior Exit Interviews
    • Graduate Survey
    • Alumni Surveys - implementation in the Fall 2012, send to graduates 3 to 5 years out


  • Types of Employment (by area):
    • 2011 Data
    • 2012 Data - COMING SOON (currently gathering information)
  • Average Salaries:
    • 2011 Graduates (37 surveyed, 30 received job offers) = $55,000
    • 2012 Graduates (23 surveyed, currently interviewing) = $62,000
  • Alumni Surveys:
    • Plans to implement a survey of all graduates (between 2000 and 2010) to develop more conclusive data on starting salaries and types of employment. Survey to be sent out via email during the 2012/13 Academic year.

Student Accomplishments

Admissions Requirements