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A Statistical Approach to Analyzing a Graduate Curriculum for Construction Management Education

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Construction Division Poster Session

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Namhun Lee Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Namhun Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Construction Management at Central Connecticut State University, where he has been teaching Construction Graphics/Quantity Take-Off, CAD & BIM Tools for Construction, Building Construction Systems, Building Construction Estimating, Heavy/Highway Construction Estimating, Construction Planning, and Construction Project Management. Dr. Lee’s main research areas include Construction Informatics and Visual Analytics; Building Information Modeling (BIM), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for construction management; and Interactive Educational Games and Simulations. E-mail:

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Jacob P. Kovel P.E. Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Jacob Kovel is an associate professor at Central Connecticut State University, currently in his 15th year there. During that time he has served as the program coordinator for the construction management program and is currently also serving as department chair of the Manufacturing & Construction Management Department. Among his major responsibilities are assessment and accreditation. Prior to that, he spent four years as an assistant professor of architectural engineering at the University of Kansas and was also a lecturer at Georgia Tech for 18 months.
Dr. Kovel spent 28 years in the US Army as an Engineer officer, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel. He holds a professional engineer license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, originally granted in 1990.
Dr. Kovel holds a bachelor's degree in applied sciences and engineering from the United States Military Academy, a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech.

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Lee W. Lee Central Connecticut State University

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Professor and Chair of
Department of Management & Organization
Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from State University of New York at Buffalo

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Over the past couple of decades, the construction industry, like every other industry today, has gone through a tremendous amount of change due to technological innovation, intense market competition, and community or government regulations, among other factors. The industry has also experienced a significant downturn of revenue since its peak in 2008 and has just started to show increase in demand and revenue. However, the drastic change in the social, economic, and regulatory environment demands continuous adaptation in all aspects of the industry. Therefore, Construction Management (CM) education needs to continually assess and re-assess its curriculum and see if its program properly educates future construction leaders who will face such dynamic and continual change.

Most CM graduate programs are designed specifically for middle and upper-level management positions within the construction industry.1 One of the major purposes of the CM graduate program is to educate and train construction professionals and managers so that they can get prepared for a successful and productive career.2 The curriculum provides a holistic foundation of management, technology, finance, legal principles, and other valuable skills. Nevertheless, not all skills can be taught in a CM graduate program. Hence, change in the construction industry should be assessed and the graduate curriculum should be regularly evaluated to reflect this demand and change in the industry.

An analysis of the CM graduate curriculum was performed at a New England area state university to identify new course content areas. A statistical approach was adopted to analyze how the curriculum is aligned with student expectations. Multidimensional scaling (MDS) was used to explore dimensions hidden or implied in students’ minds in determining how CM courses in the curriculum contribute to achieving their learning objectives and what the underlying dimensions these learning objectives are aligned along are.

Lee, N., & Kovel, J. P., & Lee, L. W. (2016, June), A Statistical Approach to Analyzing a Graduate Curriculum for Construction Management Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26447

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