Topic: College of Applied Sciences and Technology

May 2, 2012

 Ball State University's construction management program is in the spotlight—experiencing growth in its enrollment and receiving national accreditation.

The initial accreditation of Ball State's construction management program was announced at a conference this spring in Phoenix. James Jones, associate professor of technology, said he was proud to learn of the distinction.

"It's fantastic to be credited as an elite program," he said. "We have been working toward this for five years, and now we have recognition that our students are as well prepared as any other nationally accredited construction management program."

Ball State's construction management program began in 2004 under the College of Applied Sciences and Technology's Department of Technology. Its current enrollment includes 179 majors. Offering its students an application-based classroom, laboratory and multiple immersive learning experiences, the program prepares its majors to become construction management professionals. To be a member of the program, two internships and a minor in business administration are required.

"The construction management program received state approval to become its own major in spring 2011, and now we are the biggest program in the department," Jones said.

Construction management students have potential career opportunities in many areas of the construction and building industries, including project managers, site superintendants, technical trainers, estimators, safety officers and schedulers.

By Mallory Sturgeon