The University’s Construction Management Program has received reaccreditation from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), the council has announced.
“The program has maintained the stringent standards of ACCE and has proven to the board, through a visiting team of its peers and industry practitioners, that the program is worthy of reaccreditation,” the ACCE board wrote.
Travis Chapin, chair of BGSU’s Department of Construction Management, said the accreditation is critical for continual improvement. The program has been accredited since 1993.
“American Council for Construction Education sets a very specific and high standard by which we can measure our performance,” Chapin said. “In addition, the entire ACCE organization provides outstanding opportunities to stay current on construction education by attending national meetings, participating in accreditation visits at other universities and participating in committees that affect the future of construction education not only at BGSU but throughout the United States.”
"Program accreditation is very critical to all our technology programs in the college. It is a testament to the quality of our programs and is critical for recruitment and retention,” said Dr. Faris Malhas, dean of the College of Technology.
BGSU’s undergraduate degree in construction management and technology offers courses such as construction document reading, construction surveying, structural design, construction materials and testing and construction equipment. Students are required to complete a number of co-ops in which they get credit for on-the-job training with construction companies.
“At least 50 percent of the permanent placements are a result of co-op,” Chapin said. “It is very difficult for seniors to get much of an audience with a company if they have not had a relationship with the company before their senior year.”
Chapin said the undergraduate program takes about four and a half years to complete but can be finished in four years if students do their co-ops during the summer.
The ACCE was established in 1974 and functions as an accreditation agency for “four-year baccalaureate degree programs in Construction, Construction Science, Construction Management and Construction Technology, and the accrediting agency for two-year associate degree programs of a similar nature.”