Academic Quality Improvement Plan

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, http://www.scmef.org/
    • Board Members (15 max) - Construction Industry and Design Professionals
           1. 3-year Terms
           2. 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
    • Aannual Events hosted by SCMEF
           1. Fall Student Welcome – industry and student meet and greet, formal event ($5,000 - $15,000 per year)
           2. Scholarship Program, awards between $6,000 - $15,000 per year
           3. Annual CM Scholarship and Awards Reception ($6,000 - $10,000 per year)
           4. Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition Expenses ($35,000 - $45,000 per year)
           5. Evening with Industry – local contractor hosts event at project site, including tour and dinner
  • 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, with funding secured for Spring 2013 curriculum development.