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

           

 

RANKING TOP UNDERGRADUATE CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM BY RECRUITER INTEREST PER GRADUATE

 

         

 

NATIONAL RANKING INSTITUTION/SPONSOR/PROGRAM BS GRADS NO. OF ORGS. RECRUITING RECRUITING TEAMS PER GRADUATES

 

1 Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State U., Blacksburg 25 128 5.12

 

2 North Dakota State U., Fargo 24 93 3.875

 

3 California State Polytechnic U., San Luis Obispo (Arch) (ConM) 60 200 3.333

 

4 Florida International U., Miami 44 100 2.273

 

5 North Carolina State U., Raleigh 40 90 2.25

 

6 Purdue U. Calumet, Hammond, Ind. 19 40 2.105

 

7 California State U., Sacramento (CofE) (ConM) 19 40 2.105

 

8 U. of Nevada, Las Vegas 5 10 2

 

9 U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque 3 6 2

 

10 Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y. 10 20 2

 

11 U. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg 22 40 1.818

 

12 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta 25 45 1.8

 

13 U. of Florida, Gainesville 130 205 1.577

 

14 U. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 28 44 1.571

 

15 Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wis. 16 25 1.563

 

16 Roger Williams U., Bristol, R.I. 9 14 1.556

 

17 Central Connecticut State U., New Britain 26 40 1.538

 

18 U. of Arkansas, Little Rock 16 24 1.5

 

19 Purdue U., West Lafayette, Ind. (CofE) (ConE and M) 156 225 1.442

 

20 Purdue U., West Lafayette, Ind. (CofTech) (ConM) 29 40 1.379

 

21 U. of Nebraska, Lincoln 53 73 1.377

 

22 U. of Maine, Orono 15 20 1.333

 

23 California State Polytechnic U., Pomona (CofE) (ConE) 26 34 1.308

 

24 Murray State U., Murray, Ky. 4 5 1.25

 

25 Kansas State U., Manhattan 40 48 1.2

 

26 Michigan State U., East Lansing 64 75 1.172

 

27 Arizona State U., Tempe 46 52 1.13

 

28 Boise State U., Boise, Idaho 18 20 1.111

 

29 U. of Oklahoma, Norman (Arch) (ConScience) 32 35 1.094

 

30 Clemson U., Clemson, S.C. 54 58 1.074

 

31 Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. 29 31 1.069

 

32 Oregon State U., Corvallis 43 45 1.047

 

33 Iowa State U., Ames 59 60 1.017

 

34 Texas Tech U., Lubbock (CofE) (ConE) 20 20 1

 

35 U. of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie 50 50 1

 

36 Wentworth Institute of Tech., Boston, Mass. 40 40 1

 

37 Auburn U., Auburn, Ala. 77 77 1

 

38 Colorado State U., Fort Collins 120 120 1

 

39 Ferris State U., Big Rapids., Mich. 40 40 1

 

40 Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge 86 85 0.988

 

41 U. of Southern California, Los Angeles 51 50 0.98

 

42 U. of Wisconsin, Platteville 51 50 0.98

 

43 Temple U., Philadelphia, Pa. 16 15 0.938

 

44 Washington State U., Pullman 39 36 0.923

 

45 Indiana State U., Terre Haute 22 20 0.909

 

46 California State U., Chico (CofE) (ConM) 93 80 0.86

 

47 Eastern Michigan U., Ypsilanti 35 30 0.857

 

48 Oklahoma State U., Stillwater (CofE) (ConM) 44 35 0.795

 

49 U. of Washington, Seattle 51 40 0.784

 

50 U. of Nebraska, Omaha 26 20 0.769

 

51 East Tennessee State U., Johnson City 19 14 0.737

 

52 Texas A&M U., College Station (Arch) (ConScience) 154 110 0.714

 

53 Penn. State Harrisburg 34 24 0.706

 

54 Central Washington U., Ellensburg 30 20 0.667

 

55 U. of North Florida, Jacksonville 30 20 0.667

 

56 Georgia Southern U., Statesboro 37 24 0.649

 

57 Indiana U.-Purdue U. Indianapolis 50 30 0.6

 

58 Pennsylvania College of Tech., Williamsport 19 10 0.526

 

59 Southwest Texas State U., San Marcos (CofScience) (ConE) 20 10 0.5

 

60 New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark 20 10 0.5

 

61 Bowling Green State U., Bowling Green, Ohio 40 20 0.5

 

62 Northern Arizona U., Flagstaff 40 20 0.5

 

63 Brigham Young U., Provo, Utah 117 53 0.453

 

64 Northern Kentucky U., Highland Heights 45 20 0.444

 

65 John Brown U., Siloam Springs, Ark. 7 3 0.429

 

66 Montana State U., Bozeman 54 23 0.426

 

67 Illinois State U., Normal 48 20 0.417

 

68 Tuskegee U., Tuskegee, Ala. 5 2 0.4

 

69 Central Missouri State U., Warrensburg 25 10 0.4

 

70 U. of Wisconsin, Madison 50 20 0.4

 

71 U. of Nebraska, Kearney 24 9 0.375

 

72 Minnesota State U., Moorhead 27 10 0.37

 

73 East Carolina U., Greenville, N.C. 96 35 0.365

 

74 South Dakota State U., Brookings 22 8 0.364

 

75 Southern Polytechnic State U., Marietta, Ga. 56 20 0.357

 

76 Pittsburg State U., Pittsburg, Kan. 43 15 0.349

 

77 California State University, Long Beach (CofE) (ConE&M) 41 13 0.317

 

78 Southern Illinois U., Edwardsville 19 6 0.316

 

79 U. of Louisiana, Monroe 35 11 0.314

 

80 Minnesota State U., Mankato 32 10 0.313

 

81 U. of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne 10 3 0.3

 

82 U. of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls 16 4 0.25

 

83 Eastern Kentucky U., Richmond 25 4 0.16

 

NA State U. of New York, Syracuse 16 NA NA

 

NA Fairleigh Dickinson U., Teaneck, N.J. 13 NA NA

 

NA Southwest Missouri State U., Springfield 12 NA NA

 

NA U. of Denver, Denver, Colo. 25 NA NA

 

         

 

         

 

Base data (List of Schools, BS Graduates Per School, and Recruiting Organizations Per School) were taken from a 10/29/2001 Engineering News Record (ENR) Article entitled “The Nation’s C-Schools” By David B. Rosenbaum, Debra K. Rubin with Mary B. Powers

vtletters.jpgTwo 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 vthokie.jpgManagement 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.

ISUI 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.

LSUThe 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.

BYUCheck 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.

ENR PictureAlthough 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.