Rinker School of Construction Management Program Assessment Policy

It is the policy of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management to perform an ongoing assessment of our construction management program by using information collected from both our students and the clients who hire our students. The evaluation process analyzes data from current undergraduates, interns, graduate students, alumnus, and employers to determine the effectiveness of the construction program. The data accumulated directly affects the organization and topics of our courses as does the criteria established by the American Council for Construction Education for accreditation purposes. The content of the School’s undergraduate curricula are continually modified to meet the changing needs of the construction industry and the State of Florida.

Student Feedback
Current undergraduates are interviewed as a class on a semester basis with the exception that graduating seniors maybe interviewed in smaller breakout groups. In addition, students are encouraged to visit the Director to express their opinion individually. All students take a pre-course and post-course objective evaluation in each course to gauge value added. A structured internship program for both three and eight-month interns is used to maximize the benefit of the intern’s experience. The Junior 1 class takes a survey to establish baseline data about the incoming class. This data will be used to plot trends and analyze current strengths and weaknesses in the individual classes.

Alumni Surveys
A survey will be mailed annually to those alumni who graduated in the previous year and also to those who graduated five years ago to determine their overall satisfaction with the program and the strength and weaknesses of topic areas. If response rate is not satisfactory, the survey can be placed in the newsletter, handed out at the career fair, and can also be made available on the school’s website. Alumni data will be analyzed based on the current alumnus position, years of work experience, and type of construction work performed. This information will be used to help in the overall direction of the program. The strengths and weaknesses of topic areas needing to be addressed should be clearly defined.

Employer Surveys
Finally, the employers of our students will be surveyed on a three-year cycle. Data will again be collected from a survey mailed, placed in the newsletter, handed out at the career fair, and available on the school’s website. The data will be analyzed based upon company and position. The employers will have had a chance to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of both the undergraduates and graduates of the program. These results will be correlated to the students and alumnus results to look for trends. The employers’ results will be a source of information that can be correlated to the alumnus responses and that of our accreditation requirements. This information may be used to address any obvious weaknesses in course topic areas.
Industry Focus Groups

Industry Experts in Estimating, Structures, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, Management and Computers and Technology are invited to the Rinker School to participate in a round table discussion of these five topical areas. One topic is discussed per year. The workshops will be held in conjunction with the Construction Career Fair.

After a presentation of the course material, the industry advisory group works with the appropriate faculty on identifying appropriate topics to further enhance the course(s) being reviewed. These comments are documented and an implementation plan is proposed. Once the implementation plan is approved by the industry focus group participants and the Rinker School Curriculum Committee, the changes are incorporated into the course.

American Institute of Constructors Exam
Currently, the School is having graduating seniors take the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Level 1: Associate Constructor’s exam, for an external, independent assessment of the performance of our students. This is a nationwide exam taken by graduating seniors in construction management as the first step in obtaining the AIC Professional Constructor Certification.

Construction Capstone Class
Capstone is a project simulation class where the students participate in a project from the very beginning of an idea to its construction and turnover. The intent is to create a long-term project that produces recurring revenues and profits for the owner. During this course students experience the project from several perspectives; as a developer, investor, designer, and as a constructor. The course will require the students to adjust to the ever-changing needs of the project and its owners.

A construction project is simulated with each two-student team being responsible for designing, developing, estimating, scheduling, contracting and administering the works for the completion of a commercial or light industrial project. The project phases include: Feasibility, pre-construction, construction, and close-out.

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