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Benhart, B L and Shaurette, M (2014) Establishing New Graduate Competencies: Purdue University's Construction Management Curriculum Restructuring. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 10(01), 19-38.
- Type: Journal Article
- ISBN/ISSN: 1557-8771
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/15578771.2013.770108
Since the establishment of Construction Management (CM) programs, curriculum has adapted to faculty visions of appropriate course content, construction industry expectations, accreditation requirements, as well as changing resources and constraints imposed by university administrations. Even CM programs that have had years of building solid foundations for successful careers in construction benefit from a periodic curriculum review. The CM program in the Purdue Department of Building Construction Management (BCM) began such a curriculum review in 2010. With an extensive list of influences to be incorporated while maintaining the same high level of success for the students and employers, the faculty decided to use the nominal group technique at a full day meeting to reach out to construction industry representatives for guidance in how best to invest the limited resources available for preparing undergraduates to meet the challenges they will face in their careers. This article discusses the process used to obtain industry input in establishing undergraduate educational competencies and how these competencies, along with American Council for Construction Education guidelines, were utilized to restructure the curriculum. The conclusion includes lessons learned in managing curriculum change that could prove beneficial for other CM programs evaluating their curriculum.