Public Information

Updated: Spring 2020

The following information is provided in conformance with the accreditation standards of ACCE, Document 103, Section VIII.

About Accreditation

The faculty at Lamar University designed the Reese Construction Management degree to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). In July 2014, ACCE awarded the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree Accreditation status.

About ACCE

Since 1974, the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) has been a leading global advocate of quality construction education that promotes, supports, and accredits quality construction education programs. The primary goal is promotion and continued improvement of post-secondary construction education: specifically, ACCE accredits construction education programs in colleges and universities that request its evaluation and meet its rigorous standards and criteria. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction science, construction management, and construction technology. ACCE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Learn more about the ACCE here.

ACCE Contact Information

300 Decker Drive Suite 330, Irving, TX 75062;; 214-755-6105 (c); 972-600-8800 (o);

Role of Strategic Planning in Our Accreditation

A comprehensive Strategic Plan guides the Construction Management Program faculty and administration to continuously improve quality in a manner consistent with the goals and objectives of Lamar University, and the accreditation standards of the American Council on Construction Education (ACCE).

The figure below illustrates the complete circular nature of continuous quality control as laid out in the Strategic Plan.

ACCE Flowchart

Program Goals and Objectives

The CM Strategic Plan contains the Goals and Outcomes/Objectives shown below:

Goal 1. (Teaching) Develop and maintain a Learning Improvement Plan that fosters a student-learning culture where students become successful professionals in the construction discipline via a state-of-the-art education. That, in conformance with ACCE standards, education shall include providing students with hands-on opportunities in the classroom.

  • Outcome 1.1 (ACCE SLO 1) Create effective written communication appropriate to the construction discipline
  • Outcome 1.2 (ACCE SLO 2) Create effective oral communication appropriate to the construction discipline.
  • Outcome 1.3 (ACCE SLO 3) Create an entry-level construction project safety plan to determine and mitigate site safety hazards on real construction projects.
  • Outcome 1.4 (ACCE SLO 4) Create a construction project cost estimate.
  • Outcome 1.5 (ACCE SLO 5) Create construction project schedules.
  • Outcome 1.6 (ACCE SLO 6) Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles and critical decision making.
  • Outcome 1.7 (ACCE SLO 7) Students shall demonstrate an entry-level ability to determine analyze construction documents and apply electronic-based technology on real construction projects.
  • Outcome 1.8 (ACCE SLO 8) Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  • Outcome 1.9 (ACCE SLO 9) Students shall demonstrate various skills in team-based performance situations, such as leadership, and oral communication.
  • Objective 1.10 (ACCE SLO 10) Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
  • Objective 1.11 (ACCE SLO 11) Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  • Outcome 1.12 (ACCE SLO 12) Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
  • Objective 1.13 (ACCE SLO 13) Understand construction risk management.
  • Objective 1.14 (ACCE SLO 14) Understand construction accounting and cost control.
  • Outcome 1.15 (ACCE SLO 15) Understand construction quality assurance and control.
  • Outcome 1.16 (ACCE SLO 16) Understand construction project control processes.
  • Outcome 1.17 (ACCE SLO 17) Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
  • Objective 1.18 (ACCE SLO 18) Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
  • Outcome 1.19 (ACCE SLO 19) Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
  • Outcome 1.20 (ACCE SLO 20) Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and piping systems.
  • Objective 1.21 Maintain high-quality courses.
  • Objective 1.22 Engage industry partners.

Goal 2. (Teaching) Build program reputation and facilities.

  • Objective 2.1 Increase scholarship availability.
  • Objective 2.2 Foster positive feedback.
  • Objective 2.3 Improve program equipment and space.

Goal 3. (Teaching) Maintain ACCE accreditation.

  • Objective 3.1 Maintain American Council Construction Education (ACCE) accreditation.

Goal 4. (Research) Attain research activities.

  • Objective 4.1. Conduct and publish research.

Goal 5. (Service) Conduct professional service.

  • Objective 5.1 Facilitate internal and external faculty and staff service.

Goal 6. (Support) Develop faculty/staff.

  • Objective 6.1 Hire and train competent faculty/staff.

A complete copy of the current Strategic, Academic Quality and Learning Improvement Plan is available upon request from the Program Director.


Admission Requirements

Lamar University admission requirements can be found in the Lamar University Comprehensive Catalog.

Students must enter the Program with high school English, physics, chemistry, geometry, and college algebra, or their equivalents.

Program Assessment Measures

The metrics used in program assessment are:

  • Analysis and Implementation in Strategic Plan
  • Student Learning Notebooks, including Course Plans and Course Syllabi
  • Online Course Evaluation
  • Critical Thinking Rubric
  • Written Communication Rubric
  • Team-based Performance Rubric
  • Construction Work Methods and Sequence Rubric
  • Construction Job Site Safety Administration Rubric
  • Student-peer Evaluation Rubric
  • Project Estimate Rubric
  • Ethical Thinking Rubric
  • Construction Document Analysis
  • Construction Work Methods and Materials Rubric
  • Capstone Project Oral Presentation Evaluation Form
  • Internal Comprehensive Exam
  • Graduating Senior Exit Interview
  • Industry Survey
  • Alumni Survey
  • LU Program Review
  • Internship Evaluations
  • Student Advising Feedback

Assessment Measures and Resulting Actions

Student Graduation Rates (Class of AY 2016-2020)

Academic Year Graduates
2020 (Fall 2019, Spring and Summer 2020) 11
2019 (Fall 2018, Spring and Summer 2019) 11
2018 (Fall 2017, Spring and Summer 2018) 11
2017 (Fall 2016, Spring and Summer 2017) 2
2016 (Fall 2015, Spring and Summer 2016) 7
Total 42


Student Employment Rates and Types (Class of AY 2016-2020)

Each academic year consists of three semesters (e.g., AY 2019 = Fall 2018 + Spring 2019 + Summer 2019)

Type of Employer

No. Graduates per Academic Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Construction or construction management firm 7 2 10 11 11
Material or equipment supplier 1
Owner (utility, R.R., etc.)
Design or development
Continuing education
Non-construction employment
*Seeking employment in construction
No information
Total 7 2 11 11 11

Average Starting Salary

The average starting salary for our graduates is $61,250, which is based on the class of AY 2020.

This average is based on a voluntary exit survey of graduating seniors, and includes data provided by 20 of 34 graduates since AY 2016.

Supporting Data

A complete copy of the current Strategic, Academic Quality and Learning Improvement Plan is available upon request from the Program Director.