June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.480.1 - 12.480.10
Developing a New Construction Management Program
In Southeast Texas and throughout the globe there is an increasing demand for construction managers. Specifically, in the golden triangle area, plans for enlarging various petro-chemical plants and the establishment of a number of liquid gas terminals will require the hiring of many new construction managers. In fact, currently in Southeast Texas, $13.00 out of every $100 earned is done so in the construction industry.
In order to meet this anticipated demand for construction managers, Lamar University has decided to introduce a B.S. in Construction Management Program into the curriculum. It’s general mission will be to provide a quality program for preparing nationally competitive undergraduate students for a successful career in construction.
The paper will describe the administrative details of developing the program. The Dean of Engineering, a chemical engineer, originally recommended the course requirements developed by a theoretical structural engineer. This program was found unsuitable by the University Curriculum Committee after consultation with individuals involved with construction. After considerable revision, a final program was sent to the Texas State Coordinating Board for approval. It is hoped that the B.S. in Construction Management Degree will provide educational, research and outreach opportunities that serve both the needs of students and those of the construction industry.
During the year 2005-2006 the provost of Lamar University recommended that the Civil Engineering Department consider establishing a construction management program. This was due, in part, because his previous institution had a successful construction curriculum. In June 2006 it was believed that a number of local contractors were in a position to fund the program. The Dean of Engineering, therefore, decided to quickly develop a program and obtain approval of the Texas State University Board of Regents. The Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering was authorized to determine the courses that were to be offered and develop a degree plan for the curriculum. Unfortunately, the Chair is a theoretical structural engineer and is not familiar with construction engineering.
Texas State University Board of Regents Certification
For a program to be approved by the Commissioner for Academic Affairs and Research, the Board of Regents must certify that the new program meets eight criteria.4,5 The criteria stipulate that the program shall:
(1) Be within the institution’s current Table of Programs;
Koehn, E., & Koehn, J. (2007, June), Developing A New Construction Management Program Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/1692
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