From time to time, students visit this blog to determine the differences between construction management / engineering / sciences and other degrees. This link at the Texas A & M Website, offers one response to the differences between construction science and environmental design. A brief excerpt is below:
The focus of the Construction Science degree is on managing the construction process. Students graduating with an Bachelor of Construction Science degree can work for General Contractors and developers. Contractors and developers can be involved with building construction, road and bridge construction, industrial or commercial construction. The Department of Construction Science offers courses in project control systems. (scheduling and estimating), construction law and industry, soils and foundations.
I came across Texas A&M Strategic Plan for the Department of Construction Science. This plan is for the time frame from 1999 to 2005 and it provides interesting insight into the performance parameters for the large construction college. A portion of the introduction from the strategic plan follows:
Construction Science is an emerging field. Today, construction accounts for 8-9 percent of the nations GDP and employs about seven million workers. Historically, construction managers were trained “on-the-job”. Good engineers and architects became good project managers, good businessmen, and good leaders through trial and error. In the past, formal construction management training was available almost as an afterthought in engineering and architectural schools. Construction Science programs that have sprung up in other universities around the nation in the last ten years are an acknowledgement that formal education is essential to produce excellent construction managers and future leaders in the construction industry, one of the largest industries in the nation.
The Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995, has long been known as one of the best programs of its kind in the world. It is THE LARGEST in terms of student population, the number of graduates produced, and the number of faculty. It can become, without question, THE BEST Construction Science program in the world if this Strategic Plan is implemented successfully.
The Department’s Strategic Plan is to provide purpose and direction for all actions of the Department. It sets priorities and provides a common vision that every member of the Department should consider in their day-to-day activities.
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
Check out the article entitled, “Chico State students see little progress in Louisiana” which highlights Chico State student’s efforts to help rebuild homes in the New Orleans area that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina more than a year and a half ago.
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
Texas A & M is looking to fill the position of Head of the Construction Science Department according to a posting at HigherEdJobs.com. Texas A & M has one of the largest construction programs in the country. According to the Texas A & M’s Website :
Texas A&M University is seeking a strong, visionary leader to be the Head of the Department of Construction Science. This position will be responsible for one of the largest and oldest programs of construction higher education in the world.
With 700 students and 25 faculty members, who have strong credentials in both academia and the construction profession, the Department of Construction Science is a world leader in construction higher education. The Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and a Master of Science in Construction Management. The undergraduate program has been continuously accredited by the American Council for Construction Education since 1978 and is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The Department enjoys superb support from the construction industry via the Construction Industry Advisory Council; details can be found on the Department’s web site. A hallmark of the Program is the Internship requirement where every student must spend 4-6 months working with industry as part of their degree plan. Additional information concerning the Department of Construction Science can be found at http://archone.tamu.edu/cosc/
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