Construction Management Accreditation

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s degree in Construction Management in the Department of Professional Management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

What does ACCE Accreditation mean for you? Our program:

  • is endorsed by the premier accrediting body as providing a quality education in construction education
  • meets stringent industry standards of content and quality
  • produces graduates highly qualified to perform a broad range of professional responsibilities
  • undergoes rigorous self-evaluations to keep current with emerging technologies and requirements of the construction industry
  • assures employers that MSUM graduates have the potential for making lasting contributions to the construction industry and their profession

The mission of the Construction management program is three fold.

  • To maintain a nationally accredited construction management program, which will produce graduates who will have the technical, managerial and general knowledge necessary to enter and advance professionally in the construction industry.
  • Provide an environment that encourages students and faculty to engage in professional development, critical thinking and creative endeavors.
  • Promote continuous improvement of teaching, learning and program curriculum.

Goal # 1 Implement a Quality Improvement Plan for the CM Program

Objective 1.1 Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of, and be able to apply, the concepts of estimating, construction planning, scheduling, project controls, construction finance, cost control, risk management, and safety as they relate to being a field or project engineer, superintendent, or project manager. (ACCE SLO’s 3,4,5,13,14, &16)

Objective 1.2 Student will apply appropriate knowledge of mathematics, science, business fundamentals, and electronic-based technology to various construction management processes, design theory, surveying techniques, mechanical/electrical concepts, and analysis of construction systems. (ACCE SLO’s 10,11,19, & 20)

Objective 1.3 Students will be able to analyze construction materials, methods, construction systems, equipment, design theory, quality assurance, sustainable/lean construction concepts, and have basic knowledge of their application to the construction process. (ACCE SLO’s 8,15 &18)

Objective 1.4 Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes and understand the legal implications of project delivery methods, contracts, common, and regulatory law needed to manage a construction project. (ACCE SLO’s 7,12 &17)

Objective 1.5 Students will develop ethical principles and be able to communicate clearly and effectively as individuals and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. (ACCE SLO’s 1,2, 6, & 9)

Objective 2.1 Set up a process to evaluate for each ACCE SLO.

Objective 2.2: Evaluate ACCE SLO’s on a three year cycle.

Objective 3.1 All CM course syllabi are developed in a consistent format.

Objective 3.2 Course Learning Outcomes are evaluated for every CM course.

Objective 4.1 The CM Program maintains accreditation.


Goal # 2 Increase the number of Construction Management majors.

Objective 2.1 Increase CM program enrollment at MSUM (Short Term Goal). Establish fall semester 2015 20-day enrollment total and implement 2015/16 recruiting plan.

Objective 2.2 Increase CM program enrollment at NHCC (Short Term Goal). Establish fall semester 2015 20-day enrollment total and implement 2015/16 recruiting plan.

Objective 2.3 Reach and maintain a stable CM program enrollment corresponding to three full-time CM faculty members. (Long Term Goal)


Goal # 3 Develop Annual CM Soft Money Budget and Develop/Implement a Fund Raising Plan.

Objective 3.1 Prepare a CM supplemental soft money budget annually and present to the IAB.

Objective 3.2 Develop/Implement a CM Fundraising/Scholarship Plan


Goal # 4 Develop activities which lead to greater construction industry interaction with CM students.

Objective 4.1 CM faculty and students will work with the members and leadership of the IAB to facilitate industry interaction.

Objective 4.2 CM faculty will incorporate construction industry field trips and/or speakers in every course.

The American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) is the primary accreditation body for CM programs and is a leading global advocate of quality construction education which establishes standards and criteria for excellence related to four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction management. ACCE has established twenty Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) that each accredited Construction Management program must continuously assess and report the results. All twenty ACCE Student Learning Outcomes are listed below. The MSUM CM program assessment report, which is posted on this website, summarizes the results of the most recent assessment cycle.

  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 an effective 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. 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 plumbing systems.