From time to time, I will post “non-construction” articles that relate to the construction industry. I ran across the following clip from “The Welch Way” article by Jack and Suzy Welch in the January 8, 2007 edition of BusinessWeek (link here if you subscribe to BusinessWeek). I took the liberty to bold a few of the sections that provide great points:
“When it comes to getting an entry-level job with a corporation, does it matter where a person went to college? —Ben Santacroce, Naples, Fla.
Every situation is unique, of course, but in general, college mainly matters if the person in question is sort of average—O.K. grades, O.K. recommendations, O.K. everything. In that case, a brand-name degree comes in quite handy. A Princeton or Williams stamp of approval has a way of opening doors that might be closed to a similarly average student from a state school. Hiring companies will hold their noses and say: “Well, he did graduate from Cachet CollegeParagraph .” But stars are stars no matter where they go to school. We’re talking now about students who have earned 3.5 averages or better, held leadership positions on campus, and because of their hard work and great attitudes, have garnered enthusiastic letters of recommendation from professors and summer employers. This crowd of winners is welcome anywhere with, perhaps, one exception: consulting firms. For reasons of prestige, they hire almost exclusively from about a dozen top-tier schools. It’s their loss.
That said, how a person did at school—or to your question, where he or she went to school—becomes irrelevant after about one month on the job. At that point, a person’s performance takes over as the driver of career success, rendering college to its rightful place as a happy memory.”
Below you will find a table of the ranking data that was previously only available at a Google Spreadsheet link.
Refer to original link at: inaugural-ranking-of-the-top-undergraduate-construction-schools/
In the next several months, I plan to divide the rankings below into two categories:
1. Size of Program
a. Programs with 30 graduates or more
b. Programs with less than 30 graduates
2. Geographic location according to the seven ASC Regions
a. Northeast Region
b. Southeast Region
c. Great Lakes Region
d. North Central Region
e. South Central Region
f. Rocky Mountain Region
g. Far West Region
Virginia Tech — Tenure Track Position Available & Construction Internship and Career Fair Opportunities
Two items of note at Virginia Tech (1# CM Program according to the C-School Rankings):
Item#1 — Virginia Tech is “seeking candidates to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program commencing Fall 2007.”
Item#2 — There are still “resume-only” opportunities available for the Construction Internship and Career Fair scheduled for February 27th & 28th 2007.
Iowa State Student Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America named tops in the country
I realize I need to be careful with excessive postings regarding my undergraduate school; but, I had to share this article which announces that, “For the second consecutive year, and sixth time overall, Iowa State’s student chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America has won first place in the annual Outstanding AGC Student Chapter Contest. The award, based on the quality and number of activities in which student chapters take part, places a particular emphasis on outreach activities to communities and schools. ”
Take a look at the article for specifics on the community services activities sponsored by the ISU Student AGC Chapter. These activities included Habitat for Humanity construction projects, a blood drive, a food drive, attending high school career fairs, and the most interesting one from my point of view – “a spring break trip to help struggling hurricane victims in southern Mississippi rebuild their homes”.
Nice work Cyclones.
The Construction Management Program at LSU is looking to fill three Assistant Professor positions. I see on the department homepage that two Assistant Professors joined the Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering this past Fall. Refer to this link for additional information on the available positions.
Check out this article which tells the story of a recent Brigham Young University (BYU) masters student who made a quick transition from student to professor while earning the distinction of becoming the first woman full-time teacher in the College of Engineering and Technology’s construction management program.
Although this posting has nothing to do with construction management education, I thought that the target audience for this blog would be interested in the the following link that will take you to a slideshow for ENR’s Annual Images of the Year. There are some great construction photos in this slideshow, including the one to the left of this posting. Enjoy.