The McWhorter School of Building Science

Accreditation

Construction programs in the United States are accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The ACCE is a global advocate of quality construction education programs and promotes, supports, and accredits quality construction education programs. Through promotion and continued improvement of postsecondary construction education, ACCE accredits construction education programs in colleges and universities that request its evaluation and meet its 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, construction science, construction management, and construction technology, and as the accrediting agency for two year associate-degree programs of a like nature.  

The Baccalaureate program in Building Science was first approved by the ACCE in 1980 and was last re-accredited in 2008. The program will be subject to re-accreditation in 2014. Our program is the only accredited Baccalaureate program in the State of Alabama. 
BSCI Program Goals & Objectives
Definitions: 
A goal is an overarching principle that guides decision-making. Objectives are specific, measurable steps that can be taken to meet the goal. 
 
Goal 1: Enhance the quantity and quality of incoming students to PBSCI & BSCI (AU Stategic Goal 2) 
  • Objective 1.1: Increase the number of high school students accepted to PBSCI 
  • Objective 1.2 : Increase the number of freshman enrolling in PBSCI 
  • Objective 1.3 : Increase the number of unpresented students in the McWhorter School of Building Science
  • Objective 1.4 : Increase the academic ability of students entering PBSCI & BSCI

 

Goal 2: The McWhorter School of Building Science will provide an enriching educational expierence consistent with needs of its stakeholders. 

  • Objective 2.1 : Implement and assess a student learning outcomes based curriculum consistent with the standards of the American Council for Construction Education and the needs of stakeholders.
  • Objective 2.2 : Increase opportunities for studetns to have an enriching educational expierence. 

 

Goal 3: The McWhorter School of building Science will advise, prepare and provide assistace for all students to obtain entry-level positions across diverse sectors of the construction industry. (AU Stategic Priority 1 - Startegic Goal 1G)

  • Objective 3.1 : Enhance advisement & prepardness for a career in construction management
  • Objective 3.2 : Enhance assistance to students to obtain entry-level construction management positions within the southeast United States and beyond. 
  • Objective 3.3 : Increase placement of graduates in entry-level positions across diverse sectors of the construction industry. 

 

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The following assessment tools will be used to measure the Degree Program Objectives and Program Learning Outcomes: 

 

Goal 1 : Enhance the quantity & quality of incoming students to PBSCI & BSCI

 

  • Objective 1.1 Increase the number of high school students accepted to PBSCI
  • Number of PBSCI students paying deposits (Track Numbers at end of each month (November to February))
  • Measure: Application #'s 
  1. Number of Accepted PBSCI Students (Track Numbers at end of each month (October to February))
  2. Number of PBSCI students paying depsits (Track Numbers at end of each month (November to February))
  • Objective 1.2 : Increase the number of freshman enrolling in PBSCI
  • Measure: Enrollment #'s yield rate.
  1. Number of PBSCI students enrolling by end of July
  2. Yield Rate - % of accepted students that enroll
  • Objective 1.3: Increase the number of unpresented students in the McWhorter School of Building Science
  • Measure: #, % of unpresented groups 
  1. Percentage of Female students in PBSCI & BSCI
  2. Percentage of African America, America Indian, Asian and Hispanic students in PBSCI & BSCI
  • Objective 1.4: Increase the academic ability of students entering PBSCI & BSCI 
  • Measure: Incoming ACT, Formula GPA
  1. Average, Min & Max ACT scores of incoming PBSCI Freshman
  2. Average, Min & Max Formula GPA for incoming BSCI students

 

Goal 2:  The McWhorter School of Building Science will provide an enhanced educational experience consistent with the needs of its stakeholders. 

 

  • Objective 2.1: Implement and assess a student learning outcomes based curriculum consistent with the standards of the American Council for Construction Education and the needs of stakeholders.
  • Performance Criteria: Full implementation prior by Spring 2020
  • Measure: Evaluation of Student Learning Outcomes; Direct & Indirect 

Upon graduation from the McWhorter School of Building Science, 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. 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
  • Objective 2.2: Increase oppotunities for students to have an enriching educational experience
  • Measure: Participation in enriching educational experiences 
    • Participation in service learning projects (AU Strategic Goal 7B)

1. Student Exit Survey - Participation in service learning projects

2. NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) Multi-Year Benchmark Indicators 

  • Participation in study abroad, student exchange programs

1. Student Exit Survey - Participation in study abroad, student exchange programs

2. NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) Multi - Year Benchmark Indicators 

  • Participation in competition teams 

1. Student Exit Survey - Participation in student competitions 

  • Participation in ePortfolio program (AU Strategic Goal - 3C)

1. Student Exit Survey - Participating in ePortfoilio program

  • Participation in Industry Internship or co-op

1. Student Exit Survey - Participation in Industry Internship or co-op

2. NSSE (Naitonal Survery of Student Engagement) Multi- Year Benchmark Indicators

 

Goal 3: The McWhorter School of Building Science will advise, prepare and provide assistance for all students to obtain entry-level positions across diverse sectors of the construction industry. (AU Strategic Priority 1- Strategic Goal 1G) 

 

  • Objective 3.1: Enhancement advisement & prepardness for a career in construction management
  • Measure: Enhance advisement & prepardness for a career in construction management
    • Number of students seeking advisement through BSCI Career Office
  1. Student Exist Surveys - BSCI Career Office advisement 
  2. BSCI Career Office Tracking 
    • Number os students submitting Resume's to AU Career Development Center 

1. Student Exit Sruverys - Resume submission 

  • Number of company presentations to students

1. Student Exit Surveys - Attended COmpant Presentation 

2. BSCI Career Office Tracking 

 

  • Objective 3.2: Enhance assistance to students to obtain entry-level construction management positions within the southeast United States and beyond
  • Measure: Assistance provided to students to obtain entry-level construction management positions within the southeast United States and beyond
    • Number of companies attending campus interviews

1. BSCI Career Office Tracking 

  • Number of companies attending career expos

1. BSCI Career Office Tracking 

  • Number os students attending career expos & interviews

1. BSCI Career Office Tracking 

2.  Student Exit Surverys - Attending career expos & interviews

  • Diversity of companies recruiting; commerical, residential, infastructure, industrial etc. 

1. BSCI Career Office Tracking 

 

  • Objective 3.3: Increase placement of graduates in entry- level positions across diverse sectors of the construction industry. 
  • Measure: Placement of graduates in entry-level positions across diverese sectors of the construction industry
    • Placement rates within 3 months of graduation. 

1. Student Exit Surveys 

2. BSCI Career Office Tracking 

  • Diversity of companies hiring; Commerical, residential, infastructure, industrial etc. 

1. Student Exit Surveys 

2. BSCI Career Office Tracking

  • Diversity of initial hiring position; Pre-construction, project management, field operations etc. 

1. Student Exit Surverys

2. BSCI Career Office Tracking 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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To view data gathered in our annual Assessment Reports, please view the following links:

 

The Assessment Reports for  2013 & 2014 reflect a previous set of goals and objectives and assessment measures and methods. these were revised in 2015 to reflect the new ACCE Learning Outcomes Based Standards. 

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To view more information about accreditation, visit the ACCE website

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Scholarships
 
The McWhorter School of Building Science awards approximately $120,000 in scholarships each year based on criteria established by donors that include student achievement, financial need and residency requirements.
Endowed Scholarships:
 
 $200,000 +
William A. Hunt ’55 Endowment for Scholarships
            William ’55 and Ann Hunt
James Matthew Mitchell Endowment for Scholarships
            Thomas ’70 and Lee ‘69 Mitchell
 
$100,000 - $199,999
L. Judson Akin Endowed Presidential Scholarship
            Patsy Akin
Bailey Harris Construction Co. Endowment for Presidential Scholarships
            Allen Harris ’70
Gary R. Dent ’70 Endowment for Scholarships
            Cathy Dent
Martin and Cobey Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Fred Martin Jr.
            Fred B. ’55 and Mary Pat Martin
Stone Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship
            Bill Stone ’75
 
$50,000 - $99,999
Clement Group LLC Endowed Scholarship
            Craig T. ’91 and Robyn ‘89 Clement
Timothy Self Endowed Memorial Scholarship
 
$25,000 – $49,000
KBR (BE&K) Scholarship Endowment
Chad Bowman ’97 Memorial Scholarship Fund
            Kraft Construction, Tampa
Brock Family Endowment for Scholarships
            Thomas ’67 and Patricia Brock
William P. Caddell Jr. ’58 / Building Specialties Co. Endowed Scholarship
            William Caddell Jr.’58
Marshall J. Conner ’40 Endowment
            Helen Moates Conner ’41 (deceased)
James Robert Dugan Jr. Endowment for Scholarships
            James Dugan ’79
Kay Family Endowment for Scholarships
            Robert H. ’74  and Barbara E. Kay
Richard and Barbara M. Price Endowment for Scholarships
            Richard ’83 and Barbara ’83 Price
R.K. Redding Construction Inc. Endowment for Scholarships
            Randall Redding ’76
John F. Straussberger Endowment for Scholarships in Engineering and CADC
            John ’77 and Emily ’77 Straussberger
 
$12,500 - $24,999
Wesley Scott Bilbo Legacy Endowment
            Friends and Family of Wesley Scott Bilbo
Brasfield & Gorrie Endowed Scholarship
Jack and Laura Fite Endowed Scholarship
            Jack ’85 and Laura ’86 Fite
Walton Stone Endowed Scholarship
            Jeff ’79 and Linda ’79 Stone
 
2013-14 Annual Scholarships:
Atlanta Building Science Alumni Group
Batson Cook Company
Julian Bell - Bell Development
Bob Crumpton’49
            Dr. Cara Mia Braswell ’77 ’92 ‘00
Brasfield & Gorrie
Comer Foundation
Gerdau
Gray Construction Company
Holder Construction Company
Hosey Construction, LLC
Imogene Powell / National Association of Women in Construction
            Ginger Thompson and M. James Gorrie ’84
Linbeck Group, LLC
M. J. Harris Construction Services
Paul and Frieda Brandt
Robins & Morton
Sigma Lambda Chi
Southern Company
 
Recent Student Competition Team Honors
 
The McWhorter School of Building Science Design-Build Team won the Design Build Institute of American Southeast Regional Competition and was one of three finalists for the 2013 DBIA Student Competition. The Design-Build team of Kevin Hill (BSCI), William Holcomb (BSCI), Kevin Laferriere (ARCH), and Jared Taylor (BSCI) was coached by Ben Farrow, Paul Holley and Mike Thompson.
 
The student team from the McWhorter School of Building Science placed third in the national/open healthcare competition hosted by the Great Lakes Region (Region 3) of the Associated Schools of Construction. The Auburn Building Science team of seniors Jake Gattis, Tim Murphy, Tim Busby, Trey Heavlin, Kyle Wortendyke and Andrew Carroll were coached by Building Science professors Paul Holley and Mike Thompson.

Additional information regarding student scholarships and job placement can be found here.

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Richard Burt

Richard Burt

McWhorter Endowed Chair and School Head

334-844-5260