Now that the ASC Regional Student Competitions are coming to a close. The next step is for the regional winners to head to the national competition in San Antonio. The snippet below from the AGC Website provides an overview of the competition:
“The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) have joined forces to form the Annual ASC-AGC National Student Competition (NSC). The competition is held every spring with competing teams from seven regions comprised of 6 students and 1 coach each. Students from across the country first participate in their Regional Competition. Those that win their division at the region qualify for the National Competition.”
A list of past national winners can be found on the AGC Website here. Per the website, the winners n 2006 were:
First Place: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Second Place: California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
First Place: Arizona State University
Second Place: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Third Place: Clemson University
Heavy Civil Division
First Place: University of Cincinnati
Second Place: Sacramento State University
Third Place: Oklahoma State University
NPR has a good article entitled, “As Construction Booms, So Do New Jobs” that reports on opportunities in the industry. You can also find an audio link on the site that goes into a bit more detail than the written article. A brief snippet of the article regarding salary levels can be found below:
“College students — and their parents — could be forgiven for not knowing about a major called “Construction Management.” But construction — roughly 5 percent of the nation’s economy — is booming. And insiders say the industry is decades behind similar fields in having enough highly educated and trained managers to run companies.
As a result, schools like the Wentworth Institute of Technology are putting new emphasis on the degree, touting a voracious job market and a median starting salary of $46,000. Graduates say that figure often ranges from $70,000 to $100,000 after five to 10 years”
Congratulations go out to Pennsylvania College of Technology for winning the ASC Region 1 student competition in the heavy highway category. The win was covered by an article in the local Williamsport Sun-Gazette Newspaper. Excerpt from the article can be found below:
“A team of construction management students from Pennsylvania College of Technology placed first at a recent regional competition in New Jersey, winning $2,000 and an expenses-paid trip to the national level in Texas.
The team — one of three six-member groups to represent Penn College at the Nov. 9 to 12 event — won the Heavy Highway category in the 17th annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition, held at the Crowne Plaza in Fairfield, N.J.
Another Penn College contingent placed third in the Design-Build category. A third team competed in the Commercial division, which was won by Penn State University.
The teams were coached by Dennis R. Dorward, associate professor of construction management, and Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor of construction management. Dorward will accompany the first-place team to San Antonio in March, while Sheppard travels with a team from the Penn College Construction Management Association to a simultaneous national competition in Nashville, Tenn.
Penn College’s first-place team was required to “build” a bascule bridge pier and operator’s tower in Virginia — working from a suspended platform and barge on the water, coordinating the schedule with other contractors in the area, avoiding disruption of wetlands and an existing bridge and keeping a shipping channel from being blocked by the work.”
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
As promised, here are the inaugural rankings of the top undergraduate construction management and construction engineering programs in the nation. The Top 10 List follows:
#1 Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State U., Blacksburg
#2 North Dakota State U., Fargo
#3 California State Polytechnic U., San Luis Obispo
#4 Florida International U., Miami
#5 North Carolina State U., Raleigh
#6 Purdue U. Calumet, Hammond, Ind.
#7 California State U., Sacramento
#8 U. of Nevada, Las Vegas
#9 U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque
#10 Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y.
I hope a list like this will encourage discussion. A discussion similar to a College Football BCS debate of why a school should be ranked higher or lower; but, before we get started with that, let me explain a couple things – including my methodology.
I became interested in generating a list of top construction schools several years ago when I came across an Engineering News – Record (ENR) article entitled, The Nation’s C-Schools. This article provided me with the base data for my rankings and also the C-School term (like B-Schools for Business Schools) that I currently use for my blog title.
I was interesting in developing a list of top construction schools that I could use as I was relocated about the nation to work on healthcare construction projects. I wanted to find the best schools that would yield a consistently high level of entry-level construction professionals. A ranking list would help me focus my limited recruiting resources (time and money) as efficiently as possible.
I decided that a good way to gauge the construction industry’s interest in a particular C-School was to see how many construction firms were competing for the students graduating each term. I was able to come up with a numerical representation of construction industry interest for my rankings by dividing the number of construction firms recruiting from a particular program by the number of students graduating each term. Using this methodology, the Number #1 C-School was Virgina Tech which scored an impressive 5+ construction firms competing for each graduate.
I realize this list has numerous limitations, including:
– Rather “ancient” 2001 data is used to generate the list
– The difficulty of larger schools to compete with smaller schools when dealing with a ratio driven ranking system
– Schools that did not provide the data on number of graduates and recruiting organization where not included on the list (Refer to the bottom of the list for a few of these schools)
– I’m sure that the readers of this list can provide several more.
As mentioned above, my main intent with publishing this ranking list is to initiate the discussion of how construction schools stack up against one another, as I believe this can lead to improving the state of construction education. I hope you enjoy the rankings and please share your idea on a better ranking methodology and more current sources of information.
You can find another link to the rankings below, followed by a list of the Top 50 Programs:
1 Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State U., Blacksburg
2 North Dakota State U., Fargo
3 California State Polytechnic U., San Luis Obispo (Arch) (ConM)
4 Florida International U., Miami
5 North Carolina State U., Raleigh
6 Purdue U. Calumet, Hammond, Ind.
7 California State U., Sacramento (CofE) (ConM)
8 U. of Nevada, Las Vegas
9 U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque 8
10 Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y.
11 U. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
12 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
13 U. of Florida, Gainesville
14 U. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
15 Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wis.
16 Roger Williams U., Bristol, R.I.
17 Central Connecticut State U., New Britain
18 U. of Arkansas, Little Rock
19 Purdue U., West Lafayette, Ind. (CofE) (ConE and M)
20 Purdue U., West Lafayette, Ind. (CofTech) (ConM)
21 U. of Nebraska, Lincoln
22 U. of Maine, Orono
23 California State Polytechnic U., Pomona (CofE) (ConE)
24 Murray State U., Murray, Ky.
25 Kansas State U., Manhattan
26 Michigan State U., East Lansing
27 Arizona State U., Tempe
28 Boise State U., Boise, Idaho
29 U. of Oklahoma, Norman (Arch) (ConScience)
30 Clemson U., Clemson, S.C.
31 Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
32 Oregon State U., Corvallis
33 Iowa State U., Ames
34 Texas Tech U., Lubbock (CofE) (ConE)
35 U. of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie
36 Wentworth Institute of Tech., Boston, Mass.
37 Auburn U., Auburn, Ala.
38 Colorado State U., Fort Collins
39 Ferris State U., Big Rapids., Mich.
40 Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge
41 U. of Southern California, Los Angeles
42 U. of Wisconsin, Platteville
43 Temple U., Philadelphia, Pa.
44 Washington State U., Pullman
45 Indiana State U., Terre Haute
46 California State U., Chico (CofE) (ConM)
47 Eastern Michigan U., Ypsilanti
48 Oklahoma State U., Stillwater (CofE) (ConM)
49 U. of Washington, Seattle
50 U. of Nebraska, Omaha
An article from the Home News Tribune Online reports on an ACE Mentor class activity in Central Jersey where the students design and then build a bridge out of paper. After they build the paper bridge, they test it to failure to see who had the most structurally sound design. This article gives you an idea of type of activities in an ACE Mentor Program. Students mentioned in the article were interested in pursuing education in architecture and engineering fields.