1 Page 1 of 32 STANDARDS AND CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION OF POSTSECONDARY CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAMS TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION 2. GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION 3. CURRICULUM 4. FACULTY POLICIES 5. STUDENT POLICIES 6. PHYSICAL RESOURCES 7. FINANCIAL RESOURCES 8. INDUSTRY, ALUMNI, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS 9. ACADEMIC QUALITY PLANNING PROCESS AND OUTCOME ASSESSMENT Notes: Part 1 (X.1) describes the purpose of the standard. It is not the standard, but simply a preamble about the standard. Part 2 (X.2) is the Standard. Standards are generally broad to allow the degree program the flexibility to determine for itself how to meet the standard.
2 Page 2 of 32 STANDARD 1: INTRODUCTION 1.1 INTENT The purpose of this document is to define the standards and criteria by which those construction education programs seeking accreditation or re-accreditation by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) shall be assessed. Assessment shall be by peer educators from other construction education programs in concert with construction practitioners, representatives of the construction industry associations and organizations, and society at large. Assessment shall include an on-site visit by a designated team following the procedures specified in ACCE Document Definitions Assessment process used to identify, collect, and prepare data to evaluate the achievement of learning outcomes and degree program objectives. Direct Assessment Evidence of student learning is in the form of a student product or performance that can be evaluated. Indirect Assessment - Evidence of student learning is the perception, opinion, or attitude of students (or others). Degree Program ACCE accredits post-secondary degree programs. A degree program is an educational system with identified academic coursework, containing the body of knowledge necessary to obtain a college or university degree in that field of study. Degree Program Objectives statements describing desired degree program accomplishments in support of its mission. Educational Unit ACCE recognizes there are units at institutions of higher learning composed of faculty and staff capable of teaching or conducting research. These units typically offer degree programs with which they are affiliated. Operations may include budgets, faculty evaluations, promotion and tenure, scholarly activities, and determination of work assignments. Educational Institution an institution of higher learning authorized to grant advanced degrees while providing the facilities for instruction or research (e.g. a university or college). Evaluation a process of interpreting the meaning of the data accumulated through assessment practices. Evaluation determines the extent to which learning outcomes or degree program objectives are being achieved. Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) - The set of knowledge, skills, and abilities to be attained by students upon completion of a single course.
3 Page 3 of 32 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) - The set of knowledge, skills, and abilities to be attained by students prior to or upon graduation from an accredited degree program as defined by ACCE in Article 3.2.2, herein. The SLOs establish the minimum level of learning and the body of knowledge to be addressed by the degree program. Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) - The set of knowledge, skills, and abilities to be attained by students prior to or upon graduation as defined by the degree program. PLOs may differ from institution to institution as they may represent the individual character of the program and may place emphasis on specialized topical areas. Performance Criteria measurable achievements identifying required performance to meet the learning outcome. Shall denotes a requirement that is mandatory. Should denotes a guideline or recommendation. Standards qualitative statements of minimum requirements upon which an accredited degree program shall be judged Degree Program Name It is preferred that the formal title of the degree program contains the word "construction". 1.2 REQUIREMENTS Institution and Degree Program Eligibility To be considered for accreditation, a degree program in construction education shall: Be located in an educational institution of higher learning that is legally authorized under applicable laws to provide a degree program of education beyond that of the secondary level. Furthermore, in the case of those institutions in the United States, be accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, and in the case of other countries, be accredited by the accrediting agency appropriate for its locale, if such exists Have been in operation for sufficient time to have at least one (1) class of graduates receiving the degree for which accreditation is sought Offer either a bachelor or associate degree program with a major emphasis on professional construction education Have a designated administrator responsible for the leadership and management functions for the degree program under review.
4 Page 4 of Annual Fees A degree program accredited by ACCE shall pay the annual sustaining and other fees as required.
5 Page 5 of 32 STANDARD 2: GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION 2.1 INTENT It is intended that the manner in which the degree program is administered supports the concept that it is a distinct professional degree program and has sufficient institutional support, authority, and resources to enable the achievement of the degree program s stated mission, goals, and objectives. 2.2 REQUIREMENTS Administration Institutional Organizational Structure A. The organizational structure of the educational institution shall provide a basis for establishing authority and responsibility, utilizing resources, and achieving the degree program s mission, goals, and objectives. B. The degree program and its relationship to the overall organizational structure of the institution shall be documented, well-defined, and publicly accessible Educational Unit Organizational Structure and Leadership A. The degree program or educational unit shall be headed by a qualified administrator who is knowledgeable in and committed to the construction discipline and is empowered by the educational institution with sufficient authority to accomplish the mission, goals, and objectives. B. The organizational structure of the educational unit shall be designed to encourage communication, coordination, and interaction between administrative officers, faculty, and students involved with the degree program, other disciplines, and other educational institutions. C. The educational unit and leadership structure shall be well-defined and publicly accessible Educational Unit Autonomy and Governance A. The educational unit shall be a distinct and identifiable entity within the educational institution.
6 Page 6 of Faculty Participation A. The faculty shall participate in the educational unit s governance and administration in accordance with the educational institution s guidelines. B. The faculty shall participate in degree program maintenance and administration in accordance with the educational institution s guidelines Contribution to the Institution Institutional Support A. The educational unit and degree program shall contribute to the mission of the institution The Institution shall provide sufficient resources to enable the degree program to achieve its mission, goals, and objectives The educational unit or degree program s administrator shall be empowered by the educational institution with sufficient resources and time to accomplish the mission, goals, and objectives of the degree program The Institution shall provide status and recognition comparable to that of other degree programs of similar size and function within the institution.
7 Page 7 of 32 STANDARD 3: CURRICULUM 3.1 INTENT Purpose of the Curriculum The purpose of curriculum is to ensure that each student upon graduation shall be able to fulfill minimum expectations in terms of learning outcomes specified for two and four year degree programs. These expectations are in addition to the institutional requirements based on respective institutional mission and policies. The goal of ACCE is to prepare graduates who can provide leadership roles in construction in addition to being a responsible member of society. The curriculum should be responsive to social, economic, and technical developments and should reflect the application of evolving knowledge in construction and in the behavioral and quantitative sciences General Guidelines The ACCE recognizes the autonomy of educational institutions in the matter of curriculum development and the levels and designations of the degrees awarded upon completion of the various programs. It also recognizes the autonomy of educational institutions in establishing standards and policies pursuant to acceptance of transfer credits for educational courses from either accredited or non-accredited institutions. Furthermore, no degree program Bachelor or Associate degree level can offer every course or experience that could be suggested for the education of a student. In addition, it may be desirable in some instances to develop curriculum in one or more areas of construction specialization. Such specialties may be developed as a stand-alone degree program or as part of a multi-option degree program. It is assumed that each educational unit will develop its own degree program goals, objectives, and particular emphasis and will prescribe the number of courses for graduation, sequencing of study, course numbers, and titles. The ACCE encourages accredited degree programs to regularly evaluate current curriculum and develop new curriculum that reflect changing construction technologies and management trends. The curriculum should be designed to accommodate continually expanding requirements of the profession, advancements in knowledge, and the contributions of related disciplines. Degree programs seeking accreditation should strive to provide offerings that exceed the ACCE standards and criteria for accreditation. Curriculum planning flexibility in the following subject areas recognizes and encourages differing emphases by educational units Guidelines for General Education and Business and Management The ACCE recognizes that the content and validity of courses taught outside the educational unit are established by the various specialty and regional accreditations of the institution. Such courses will be accepted by ACCE at face value as presented in course titles, descriptions, etc.
8 Page 8 of 32 It is important that every student's education include appropriate courses in communications, social sciences, humanities, mathematics, and science. Construction is concerned with people and their relationships. Thus, the ability to communicate, both orally and in writing are essential assets to the student. It is essential that every student possess a well-developed concept of mathematics. Construction is in part a technical process that can be best controlled by applying the principles of mathematics and statistics. An understanding of the behavior of the materials, equipment, and methods used in construction requires knowledge of the physical sciences. To be an effective manager, the student should know how to manage the principal resources of the industry and the business environment in which construction occurs. 3.2 REQUIREMENTS Degree Programs It is the degree program s responsibility to develop its own goals, objectives, and particular emphasis, and prescribe the number of courses for graduation, sequencing of study, course numbers, and titles. The degree program shall be consistent with the teaching philosophy and the purposes of both the educational unit and the institution. The degree program curriculum shall be related to the needs of society and the construction profession. Credit hour requirements for accreditation of degree programs in the United States: Bachelor Degree programs: A minimum of 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours). Associate Degree programs: A minimum of 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours). An equivalent minimum, as determined by ACCE, is required for accreditation of 2-year and 4- year degree programs outside of the United States. Additional credits to meet graduation may be required by the educational unit or the institution. The curriculum shall include academic coverage of specific core subject areas that are essential for a graduate to function effectively in the construction environment. These core subject areas are general education and business and management as listed below. The following requirements of semester hours (quarter hours) in core subject areas shall serve as partial fulfillment of a minimum total of 33 semester hours (48 quarter hours) for Bachelor Degree programs and 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) for Associate Degree programs. These minimum semester hours (quarter hours) shall be taught outside the educational unit to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the degree program.
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10 Page 10 of General Education A. Communications Requirements in the communications core subject area: Bachelor Degree programs: A minimum of 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours). Associate Degree programs: A minimum of 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours). B. Mathematics Associate degree programs shall incorporate topics in mathematics covering algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, pre-calculus, or statistics. Bachelor degree programs shall not use a college algebra course or trigonometry course for this requirement. Requirements in the mathematics core subject area: Bachelor Degree programs: A minimum of 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours). Associate Degree programs: A minimum of 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours). C. Physical Science Physical sciences shall be analytically based and not descriptive. Requirements in the physical science core subject area: Bachelor Degree programs: A minimum of 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours). Associate Degree programs: A minimum of 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours) Business and Management Only general and fundamental business topics can be used for this requirement and are intended as foundational knowledge for construction business practices. These topics are typically taught outside of the educational unit. They shall be separate and distinct and are not to be confused or intermingled with the construction business and management topics. Graduates of Bachelor Degree programs shall have an understanding of the fundamentals of: o Accounting, and o Economics, and
11 Page 11 of 32 o Business law, and o Principles of management. Graduates of Associate Degree programs shall have an understanding of the fundamentals of: o Accounting, or o Economics, or o Business law, or o Principles of management. Requirements in the business and management core subject area: Bachelor Degree programs: A minimum of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours). Associate Degree programs: A minimum of 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours) Construction It is essential that the student have a firm understanding of the role of and relationship with design professionals. As such, development of abilities to communicate, participate, and contribute as a team member in the planning and design phases of such project delivery methods as design-build and construction management, and continued participation through such approaches as integrated project delivery are crucial. The curriculum shall cover both office and field activities and include the effective management of personnel, materials, equipment, costs, and time. Topics shall address the student s upcoming role as a member of a multidisciplinary team, project risk, and alternate approaches to the Owner- Designer-Constructor team. Course work shall examine the various roles and responsibilities of project participants throughout a project s life cycle and the creative ways that project teams can be assembled. Topics to provide an appropriate combination of breadth and depth in current construction industry practice shall be included. These topics shall develop skills, which will facilitate advancement of the individual in the construction profession. Construction courses shall be presented in a manner that encourages problem definition and solution, creativity, communication, evaluation, and continuous learning. The knowledge, understanding, and skills gained from prerequisite courses shall be integrated and utilized in subsequent courses. Content and technology shall reflect the contemporary industry requirements.
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13 Page 13 of 32 Curriculum Categories Requirements in the construction core subject area: Bachelor Degree programs: A minimum of 50 semester hours (75 quarter hours). Associate Degree programs: A minimum of 33 semester hours (48 quarter hours). Semester hours counted in the core subject area of construction shall address the construction-specific Student Learning Outcomes listed in section Table 3.2 Summary of Category Semester (Quarter) Hour Requirements Minimum Academic Credit Bachelor Degree Semester Hours Quarter Hours Associate Degree Semester Hours Quarter Hours A Communications B Mathematics C Physical Science Business & Management Total Combined A, B, C, and * Construction Subtotal prescribed category credits Other credits ** Total ACCE Accreditation Requirements * The total shown for A, B, C, and is 27 semester hours for Bachelor Degree or 12 semester hours for Associate Degree. These credit hours fulfill a portion of the Total Combined required minimum of 33 semester hours for Bachelor Degree or 18 semester hours for Associate Degree. Six additional credit hours are therefore necessary to meet the Total Combined hours for either a Bachelor Degree or Associate Degree and may come from any combination of courses within these core areas. All 33 required minimum semester hours for Bachelor Degree programs and 18 semester hours for Associate Degree programs generated within these core areas shall be taught outside the educational unit to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the degree program. ** These minimum semester (quarter) hours shall be used by the degree program in any way it desires to meet ACCE Student Learning Outcomes, degree program-specific focus or specialization, and other institutional requirements.
14 Page 14 of Student Learning Outcomes Student Learning Outcomes are statements that describe the level of student learning to be achieved prior to graduation and that support the degree program objectives. All degree programs shall provide evidence to show that graduates from the degree program have met the learning outcomes listed in the following sections: Student Learning Outcomes applicable to 2-year degree programs Note: In defining the learning outcomes for 2-year degree programs, the following verbs consistent with Bloom s taxonomy are used: Remember: Understand: Apply: The lowest level of the taxonomy requires students to do very little with the information they are learning. They may be asked to recall, list, or name an idea or concept. (i.e., Recognize, Discuss, Identify) At the next level, students demonstrate that they understand the content by explaining, summarizing, classifying, or translating the given information. (i.e., Demonstrate, Interpret, Use) At this level, students begin to put the information they are learning into context. Here they are able to interpret ideas across multiple situations, or utilize the content in a new way. Upon graduation from an accredited ACCE 2-year degree program, a graduate shall be able to: 1. Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and in writing. 2. Demonstrate the ability to estimate quantities and costs for the bidding process in a construction project. 3. Demonstrate the ability to schedule a basic construction project. 4. Demonstrate the ability to use current technology related to the construction process. 5. Interpret construction documents (contracts, specifications, and drawings) used in managing a construction project. 6. Apply basic principles of construction accounting. 7. Use basic surveying techniques used in building layout. 8. Discuss basic principles of ethics in the construction industry. 9. Identify the fundamentals of contracts, codes, and regulations that govern a construction project. 10. Recognize basic construction methods, materials and equipment. 11. Recognize basic safety hazards on a construction site and standard prevention measures. 12. Recognize the basic principles of structural design. 13. Recognize the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems.
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16 Page 16 of Student Learning Outcomes applicable to 4-year degree programs Note: In defining the learning outcomes for 4-year degree programs, the following verbs consistent with Bloom s taxonomy are used: Remember: Understand: Apply: Analyze: Evaluate: Create: The lowest level of the taxonomy requires students to do very little with the information they are learning. They may be asked to recall, list, or name an idea or concept. At the next level, students demonstrate that they understand the content by explaining, summarizing, classifying, or translating the given information. At this level, students begin to put the information they are learning into context. Here they are able to integrate ideas across multiple situations, or utilize the content in a new way. Students begin to develop higher order thinking. They may be asked to compare and contrast or take a concept and break it into parts to explore the relationships present. At this stage, students are asked to judge an idea. This may involve predicting, experimenting, critiquing, or making an argument from evidence. At the highest level, students are producing new ideas or products that integrate the knowledge they have gained. When students are involved in creating new artifacts, they are actively engaged in the subject matter. Upon graduation from an accredited ACCE 4-year degree program, a graduate shall be able to: 1. Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline. 2. Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline. 3. Create a construction project safety plan. 4. Create construction project cost estimates. 5. Create construction project schedules. 6. Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles. 7. Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes. 8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects. 9. Apply construction management skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. 10. Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process. 11. Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control. 12. Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process. 13. Understand construction risk management. 14. Understand construction accounting and cost control. 15. Understand construction quality assurance and control. 16. Understand construction project control processes.
17 Page 17 of Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project. 18. Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction. 19. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior. 20. Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems Determination of Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes To accurately determine the inclusion of Student Learning Outcomes listed in or above, the educational unit shall: A. Each Student Learning Outcome must be evaluated by a minimum of two assessment methods, at least one of which must be direct. B. Identify the individual courses where each of the Student Learning Outcomes have been included and provide evidence those outcomes have been incorporated in the curriculum of the course. C. Identify the individual courses where each of the Student Learning Outcomes have been assessed and provide evidence those outcomes have been included in the formal assessment of the course. D. Provide evidence that the results obtained from the formal assessment of the Student Learning Outcomes have been included as part of the construction unit s quality improvement plan. E. Provide an index, cross-tab, curriculum map, or other form of summary clearly relating Course Learning Outcomes to Program Learning Outcomes and, further, to the Student Learning Outcomes. F. Provide course designation, number, catalog description, and complete syllabus. G. For all courses in the educational unit, provide syllabi in a format that is standard and consistent across the degree program. H. Require a syllabus for each course used to support the Student Learning Outcomes that includes the Course Learning Outcomes in relation to the Student Learning Outcomes, instructional methods, a topical outline, the method of assessment, and performance criteria. I. Provide copies of textbooks, laboratory manuals, course notes, handouts, and reference materials related to the Student Learning Outcomes. J. Produce a record of any contact the students may have with research, community service, internship or similar professional experiences if it relates to the Student Learning Outcomes. K. Provide a report of the method(s) of assessment for each Student Learning Outcome, and the most recent evaluation of the results, resulting actions,
18 Page 18 of 32 and a follow-up of these actions on student performance including the dates of each of these. L. Produce evidence in the form of representative student work on course materials and assessments or third-party certifications to prove students ability to meet each Student Learning Outcome Courses Delivered by Alternative Forms of Delivery Courses delivered by alternative forms of delivery to the traditional face-to-face classroom (e.g., distance learning or online courses via synchronous or asynchronous delivery) may be incorporated in an accredited degree program s curriculum under the following conditions: The alternative courses will be accepted for transfer credit as reviewed and accepted by the accredited educational institution programs The degree program shall display the same kind of course material for evaluation of alternative courses as set forth in this document for a traditionally offered classroom lecture or laboratory course. Online course materials, including examples of student work, may be presented for review in online format as long as they are readily accessible to the Visiting Team and are accurately identified with course number and semester (or quarter) Construction-specific courses shall be evaluated for content as set forth in this document, regardless of delivery format Programs that offer the same course via two or more forms of delivery (e.g., live classroom and online) shall demonstrate that courses with the same course number have consistent content and course learning outcomes Split (Dual) Campus Degree Program Delivery It is possible for split or dual institutional campuses to be accredited as a single degree program as long as the following conditions exist: There is a single institution authorized to grant the degree. The institution is to provide evidence through student diplomas and transcripts from all campuses The degree program is led by a single qualified administrator from the home campus The degree program administrator has sufficient authority and experience to be able to provide the required leadership and supervision that allows the development of a strong academic degree program.
19 Page 19 of There are adequate faculty and staff to successfully facilitate the degree program at different geographic campus locations Degree program curriculum, Student Learning Outcomes, and the degree requirements are the same on all campuses A. If multiple educational units are involved to support the degree program, they shall use only one academic quality plan identifying the process used for the continuous improvement of the degree program. B. In addition, the goals and objectives of the educational units need to be aligned to facilitate the success of the degree program and its continual improvement One educational unit shall be identified as the home for the degree program. This unit shall be responsible for the successful delivery of the degree program and is the geographical base for degree program operations Dual programs not meeting all of these conditions shall be accredited independently Dual or Second Degrees Second degree programs and modified curriculum educational units accepting second or dual degree students into an ACCE accredited undergraduate degree program shall demonstrate that the modified degree path for those students fulfills the required curriculum standards. The degree program shall meet all stated requirements regardless of whether the degree earned is first, second, or a subsequent bachelor s degree. This also applies to existing, accredited degree programs that modify the curriculum for specific tracks or areas of specialization or emphasis. Modified degree paths that do not meet ACCE standards shall be specifically identified within their marketing materials (e.g., website, brochures, etc.) that they are not included in the ACCE accreditation.
20 Page 20 of 32 STANDARD 4: FACULTY AND STAFF 4.1 INTENT This section describes the requirements that degree programs need to establish for the recruitment, retention, promotion, and development of qualified faculty conducting teaching, research and creative activity, and service for the degree program. 4.2 REQUIREMENTS In determining the qualitative and quantitative adequacy of the construction education unit's faculty and staff, various criteria are applied. Significant emphasis is placed on the qualifications and responsibilities of the construction faculty Faculty Qualifications A. The faculty shall possess appropriate academic qualifications, professional experience, and where applicable pursue scholarly and creative activities essential to the successful conduct of an academic degree program of construction, and in compliance with the regional accreditation organizations. B. The faculty shall have demonstrated expertise in the areas for which they have teaching responsibilities and possess adequate background in the supporting disciplines from which their area of specialty draws major concepts and principles. C. Evaluation of faculty competence shall recognize appropriate professional experience as being equally as important as formal educational background Faculty Size A. The size of the construction faculty shall be commensurate with the number of courses offered, the number of students enrolled, and the other responsibilities of the faculty. B. The faculty size shall be appropriate to the type of instruction (face-to-face vs. online, lab vs. lecture, studio, etc.) and comparable to that of the other academic degree programs of similar size and function within the institution. C. The institution shall recognize the total professional responsibilities and services (in addition to the teaching assignments) of each faculty member in allocating faculty lines to the degree program.
21 Page 21 of Faculty Work Load A. Faculty workload shall be distributed fairly. B. It is recognized that workload assignment is a difficult process and requires the qualitative judgment of the administrator. The following factors shall be considered in the determination of a work load: number of lecture hours, number of laboratory hours, number of separate preparations, class size, availability of teaching assistants, counseling and advising activities, administrative activities, committee assignments, extension or continuing education commitments, and research activities Administrative and Technical Staff Support Administrative and technical staff support shall be adequate to sustain fulfillment of the educational unit s mission and be consistent with the level of support enjoyed by other educational units of similar size and function within the institution Employment Policies A. Faculty compensation shall be competitive with comparable positions within the institution to ensure that quality faculty and high morale exist. B. To ensure that the construction unit is competitive in seeking faculty members, the educational institution shall provide the faculty with rank, status, salary, and benefits commensurate with their educational background and professional experience Professional Development A. The educational unit shall have a clearly defined plan for professional development of faculty to maintain their high level of professional competence. B. Consulting work is desirable and shall be encouraged, provided such activities do not conflict with normally assigned duties and responsibilities of the faculty member. C. Continuing professional growth of the faculty is a prerequisite to effective teaching. Administrative policy shall ensure that opportunities for professional development are made available to faculty. D. The educational unit shall have a policy encouraging faculty participation in professional organizations and community services.
22 Page 22 of Faculty Evaluation A. The educational unit shall have a clearly defined program of faculty evaluation, in compliance with the educational institution s general policy and practices, to assure the maintenance of high quality instruction. B. These evaluations shall be made on a cycle determined appropriate by the educational institution, and may include student, peer, or administrator evaluations.
23 Page 23 of 32 STANDARD 5: STUDENT POLICIES 5.1 INTENT This section describes the requirements that degree programs need to establish for recruitment, admission, and academic and professional development of students as well as their capabilities and motivation for entering the degree program. Qualifications of students admitted to the degree program are appropriate to the respective institution, motivation, and career orientation to ensure students successful completion of the curriculum. 5.2 REQUIREMENTS Academic Policies Policies pertaining to academic requirements shall be in writing and shall be developed with input from faculty, students, and other degree program stakeholders. Such policies shall clearly indicate required courses and acceptable elective courses that meet degree program objectives and the Student Learning Outcomes Teaching Quality The degree program shall have a clearly established process for ensuring quality of teaching by full-time and part-time faculty that is consistent with the degree program s mission and objectives. A mechanism shall be in place through which there is a systematic assessment and clear set of metrics to verify improvement of the quality of teaching within the degree program Admissions and Enrollment The degree program s requirements for admission shall reflect standards supportive of students potential for success in studies and in professional practice, while also reflecting institution-wide policies and the degree program s mission, goals and objectives Recruitment and Composition The degree program shall undertake creative and appropriate recruitment and retention mechanisms to achieve its aspirations regarding student composition. Recruitment shall be directed toward those individuals with high academic achievement and community involvement as well as those with defined career goals in construction. Recruitment and publicity for the degree program shall be comparable to other programs of the institution.
24 Page 24 of Academic Advising and Mentoring The degree program shall make available to students an organized system of academic advising and counseling and professional guidance. The process shall be clearly outlined and include competent, continuous, and consistent program advising, progress appraisal, and career guidance Course Scheduling Courses shall be offered in formats and times to ensure appropriate student access to them and timely completion of degree program requirements Student Placement The degree program or its institution shall provide a student placement service that can effectively assist students in entering the job market. The degree program shall ensure that students are well informed about and have adequate access to placement services and opportunities that are or may be available to them Extracurricular Activities Extracurricular activities provide valuable interpersonal and leadership experience. Thus, students shall be encouraged to participate in activities that complement their academic studies. Such activities shall include involvement with industry-based professional and trade organizations. Students who are participating in courses via alternative delivery methods and who are not able to participate in campus-centered extracurricular activities shall be encouraged to become involved with industry-based professional and trade organizations and other related volunteer activities in their local area. The extent of participation by students in extracurricular activities is an indication of the unity of the student body and promotes interest in citizenship and professional societies after graduation Student Feedback The degree program shall use an assessment strategy that systematically uses student feedback and input as an integral part of the decision making and continuous improvement processes Financial Aid and Scholarships The educational unit or institution shall keep students informed about the availability of financial aid and scholarships and shall have published criteria for their allocation.
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26 Page 26 of 32 STANDARD 6: PHYSICAL RESOURCES 6.1 INTENT The intent of this section is to ensure the availability of safe and appropriate facilities (on and off-campus), equipment, and services necessary to accommodate all activities in support of the degree program s mission, goals, and objectives. 6.2 REQUIREMENTS Offices, Classrooms and Laboratory Spaces Physical facilities, such as offices, classrooms, laboratories, and associated equipment shall be available and maintained to adequately support the degree program s mission, goals, and objectives; to enable students to attain required learning outcomes; and provide faculty and staff with adequate space Library Resources The educational unit or university shall provide adequate library services to enable students to attain required learning outcomes and support the scholarly and professional activities of the faculty Information Systems and Technological Equipment The educational unit shall provide to students and faculty access to adequate computational equipment and software to enable students to attain required learning outcomes and support the scholarly and professional activities of the faculty.
27 Page 27 of 32 STANDARD 7: FINANCIAL RESOURCES 7.1 INTENT Financing for the degree program is an indication of administrative support for the degree program. Sufficient funding from recurring accounts is paramount to the success of any educational degree program. 7.2 REQUIREMENTS Budgeted Funds A. Adequate funding of the degree program is an important indicator of institutional support. The construction educational unit shall be accorded status comparable to other educational units of similar size and function within the institution with regard to finance. If the educational unit administers other degree programs, the construction degree program shall be accorded status comparable to other degree programs of similar size and function within the educational unit with regard to finance. B. Sufficient funds shall be budgeted for the following items: competitive salaries for faculty and support staff, educational materials and supplies, and equipment that are necessary for the program to achieve its stated mission, goals, and objectives and enable students to attain the required learning outcomes. C. Projected resources shall be adequate to ensure the capacity of the degree program to achieve its planned growth, future goals, and objectives Nonrecurring Funds A. The source, amount, and use of nonrecurring funds (soft monies, annual gifts, donations, etc.) for the degree program shall be identified and recorded. B. Nonrecurring funds shall be used to supplement budgeted funds allocated by the administration rather than to replace those funds described in B, above.
28 Page 28 of 32 STANDARD 8: INDUSTRY, ALUMNI AND PUBLIC RELATIONS 8.1 INTENT Construction is a practice-oriented profession. Therefore, the educational unit should establish an effective relationship with the industry and its alumni to provide a source of internships for students, scholarly development for faculty, and professional guidance and financial support for the degree program. These interactions advance faculty competence, maintain the currency of faculty and students relative to construction practice, and provide continuing education opportunities for industry practitioners. 8.2 REQUIREMENTS Support from Industry An advisory committee with representation from the construction industry shall be utilized to periodically review the degree program curriculum and advise the educational unit on the establishment, review, and revision of its degree program educational objectives. A. The composition of the committee shall be representative of the potential employers of the graduates of the degree program and other industry professionals. B. The committee shall meet at least once a year for the purpose of advising and assisting the development and enhancement of the degree program. C. Minutes of such meetings shall be kept on record Support for Industry The educational unit shall maintain continuous liaison with the various constituencies it serves via active participation by faculty in associations and other professional organizations for the purpose of establishing educational and professional development activities for the construction industry. It shall have a policy on faculty roles in continuing education appropriate to its goals and objectives, local market, and other factors. It shall take appropriate responsibility for helping to improve the skills and knowledge of industry practitioners Student-Industry Relations The educational unit shall actively encourage and facilitate participation of students in activities of construction related organizations, internships, and cooperative education programs. Construction-related work experience is equally important for students who are enrolled in online classes or are participating in the program via distance education. These students shall have access to information about internships and cooperative education programs and activities of construction related organizations in their local area.
29 Page 29 of Alumni Relations and Feedback The educational unit shall maintain a current registry of alumni and contact with them to seek feedback in its improvement process. It shall engage the alumni in activities such as a formal advisory board, student career advising, potential employment, curriculum review and development, fund raising, and continuing education Public Disclosures The educational unit shall demonstrate accountable behavior by providing information about its accredited degree programs to the general public. A. Institutions shall broadly and accurately publish the objectives of the degree program, admission requirements, degree program assessment measures employed, the information obtained through these assessment measures and actions taken as a result of the feedback, student achievement, the rate and types of employment of graduates, and any data supporting the qualitative claims made by the degree program. B. No ranking shall be implied through linkage to ACCE accreditation. C. Indication of accreditation status is authorized during any defined term of accreditation.
30 Page 30 of 32 STANDARD 9: ACADEMIC QUALITY PLANNING PROCESS AND OUTCOME ASSESSMENT 9.1 INTENT Students should be prepared through educational programs, advising, and other academic and professional opportunities to pursue a career in construction upon graduation. Students should have demonstrated knowledge and skills in creative problem solving; critical thinking; communications; and the effective management of personnel, materials, equipment, costs, and time to allow them to enter the construction profession. Outcomes assessment is a systematic process of gathering and interpreting information to discover if a program is meeting established objectives and then in using that information to enhance the program. 9.2 REQUIREMENTS While ACCE recognizes the obligation of degree programs to use assessment terminology congruent with their institutions, it is necessary for ACCE Visiting Teams to have a consistent understanding of terminology used in the assessment process. With that purpose in mind, the ACCE will use the definitions in section as the preferred terminology in assessment documentation. A. If degree programs cannot use this terminology because of institutional constraints, they shall provide a glossary of compatible terminology at the beginning of Section 9 in the self-study document Continuous Improvement The educational unit shall have a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) that shall serve as the basis for the continuous improvement of the degree program. The QIP shall have three major components: Strategic Plan for the educational unit, Assessment Plan for the degree program, and Assessment Implementation Plan for the degree program. These documents shall be included in the Self-Study and made available for the Visiting Team s review and discussion Educational Unit Strategic Plan A. The educational unit responsible for the degree program shall have a comprehensive Strategic Plan that describes the systematic and sustained effort to enable the degree program to fulfill its mission. B. This Strategic Plan shall review the internal status of the degree program resources as well as the external factors that influence the operation of the degree program. C. The Strategic Plan shall be updated periodically and represent the collective input from all of the degree program constituencies.
31 Page 31 of Degree Program Assessment Plan The degree program shall provide evidence of its effectiveness in preparing construction practitioners based on the results of surveys of the graduates, employers of the graduates, industry advisory board, exit interviews, comprehensive exams, capstone projects, or other systematically structured information. The mission, goals, and objectives shall reflect both short-range and long-range considerations and shall be clear as to the educational and institutional results expected. At a minimum, the degree program Assessment Plan shall include the following: A. Mission Statement of the degree program. The mission statement expresses the underlying purposes and values of the degree program. B. Degree Program Objectives. The Degree Program Objectives shall be clearly defined and stated in a manner that permits an assessment of achievement. C. Program Learning Outcomes. These Program Learning Outcomes shall meet or exceed the ACCE Student Learning Outcomes (section 3.2.2) and be regularly formulated, evaluated, and reviewed with the appropriate participation of faculty, students, industry advisory board, and other pertinent parties. D. Assessment tools. These tools shall measure degree program objectives and learning outcomes as stated in B and C above. The frequency for using the tools, and procedures for data collection also shall be stated. E. Performance criteria. These criteria shall be used to measure the achievement of the degree program objectives and learning outcomes as stated in B and C above. F. Evaluation methodology. This methodology shall be followed for data collection. Degree programs shall comprehensively describe their assessment plan and document the results for review by the Visiting Team Assessment Implementation Plan It shall be clearly evident that the degree program is making progress in achieving its mission, objectives, and learning outcomes, and that it takes the outcomes assessment results into consideration in degree program development. A. Educational units shall conduct a comprehensive assessment at the degree program level. B. The results of each assessment cycle shall be documented in a systematic manner.
32 Page 32 of 32 C. Evaluation of the degree program objectives and learning outcomes shall be compared to the stated performance criteria to determine whether stated objectives and learning outcomes were achieved and if there is a validated need for improvement in any areas. D. After each comprehensive assessment cycle, the entire process shall be reviewed and updated with plans for improvement including any revisions to the degree program s assessment plan Previous Accreditation Actions There shall be significant progress in removing any deficiencies identified by the ACCE in previous accreditation actions.
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