June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
College Industry Partnerships
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Beyond the Industry Advisory Board: Increasing the Role of Industry Engagement to Support Program QualityDuring the last number of years, States’ support for higher education has declined significantly.Over the next decade, higher education will continue to face the challenges of state revenuefunding constraints, changes in the public perception of higher education, and the effectivenessof higher education in preparing young men and women for a career after graduation.With their natural connection to industry, engineering and construction education programs arepoised to lead the way in a new model for the future of higher education. Constructionmanagement education by its nature is connected to the construction industry. In fact,construction management was created by the construction industry. As a result, today graduatesfrom construction management programs across the U.S. enjoy almost 100% employment,higher salary than many other disciplines, and a great career. Construction management howeverdoes not truly fit the traditional model of higher education. Now, the traditional model of highereducation is being challenged and this creates an opportunity for engineering and constructionmanagement education to introduce a model that connects the needs of the marketplace to theeducation provided to the students.This paper examines one construction management program’s approach to industry engagementthroughout the program in order to increase the quality of education provided to the students. Ithighlights a cooperative partnership model between the academic program and the constructionindustry that goes beyond the limits of the traditional Industry Advisory Board of mostengineering and construction programs. The results have been impressive for the program, thestudents, and the industry. The program has been able to stabilize its funding, improve thequality of the education for the students, and make a difference in the lives of those in need in thecommunity. Students have received an excellent education with real-world applications not onlyon topics required by accreditation but in areas well-beyond. Industry partners are hiring job-ready graduates who are poised to become the future leaders of the construction industry.
Guggemos, A. A., & Khattab, M. (2015, June), Beyond the Industry Advisory Board: Increasing the Role of Industry Engagement to Support Program Quality Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23620
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