B.S. Construction Engineering Management (CEM) Degree Program Accreditation

The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) provides specialized accreditation for construction management programs. The Oregon State University B.S. Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program was first accredited by ACCE in 1980 and was re-accredited in 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. In 2014 the CEM program accreditation was extended for the maximum six years allowed by ACCE. 

B.S. CEM Degree Program Mission Statement

The mission of the B.S. Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program is to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art education to prepare students for professional and responsible constructor positions with business, industry, consulting firms, or government.

B.S. CEM Degree Program Vision for 2020

The vision for the B.S. Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program is to be a nationally recognized leader in construction engineering and management at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the premier construction education and research resource in the Pacific Northwest. 

B.S. CEM Degree Program Educational Objectives

  1. Provide a compelling education based in the natural sciences; mathematics; engineering sciences; business; and the fundamental paradigms, concepts, understandings, applications, and knowledge of civil and construction engineering.
  2. Develop students’ abilities through their education to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information; solve engineering problems; and be prepared to effectively perform project engineering and management tasks for effective execution of construction projects.
  3. Provide education for modern professional practice including the abilities for effective communication, collaborative work in diverse teams, ethical decision-making, successful management of personal and professional career objectives, and continual development through lifelong learning and professional involvement.
  4. Prepare our graduates for either immediate employment or for graduate school opportunities in construction or business.
  5. Provide students with knowledge of contemporary societal issues and a sensitivity to the challenge of meeting social, environmental, and economic constraints within a global community.

B.S. CEM Degree Program Student Learning Outcomes

  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 of 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.

B.S. CEM Degree Program Continuous Improvement

In support of our continuous improvement philosophy for the CEM program follows our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) as a basis. The QIP has three components: a unit Strategic Plan, an Assessment Plan for the degree program and an Assessment Implementation Plan for the degree program. The contents of these elements are developed by CEM faculty with input from the Industry Advisory Board, and is reviewed and updated annually: 

  1. Educational Unit Strategic Plan
  • School of Civil and Construction Strategic Plan: this is the educational unit strategic plan, that supports (rolls up to) the College of Engineering Strategic Plan. This plan describes our systematic and sustained effort to enable the CEM degree program (and others) to fulfill its mission. This plan reviews the internal status of the degree program resources as well as the external factors that influence the operation of the CEM degree program (and others). This plan is periodically updated to reflect input from our many stakeholders.
  • College of Engineering Strategic Plan: the College of Engineering strategic plan supports (rolls up to) the Oregon State University Strategic Plan.
  • Oregon State University Strategic Plan: the Oregon State University strategic plan sets the vision for the entire university.
  1. Degree Program Assessment Plan
  • Assessment Implementation Plan for the Degree Program: the Oregon State University CEM Program Degree Program Assessment Plan contains the degree program mission statement, the degree program objectives, the degree program student learning outcomes, a description of the assessment tools and frequency of use, performance criteria and our evaluation methodology. 
  1. Degree Program Assessment Implementation Plan: In order to demonstrate that the degree program is making progress in achieving its mission, objectives and Program Learning Outcomes, and that we take the outcomes of the assessment results into consideration in degree program development, we publish an CEM Program Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan. This annual report documents the comprehensive assessment of our objectives and Program Learning Outcomes. The data collection used to measure the achievement of our goals and Program Learning Outcomes occurs annually. The results of each assessment cycle are documented systematically and posted below. The results of each year’s assessment cycle, the analysis of the data collected in each assessment cycle, and any program revisions made as a consequence of this analysis and review is documented in the Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan. 
  • 2014 CEM Program Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan
  • 2015 CEM Program Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan
  • 2016 CEM Program Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan
  • 2017 CEM Program Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan
  • 2018 CEM Program Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan
  • 2019 CEM Program Annual Assessment Report and Action Plan

For more information:

Learn more about our CEM Program
Learn more about the CEM Annual Partner Support Program