The purpose of this research was to see how Baccalaureate Construction Management Programs accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) were managing increased enrollments within their programs. The review of literature identified related topics, comparable studies, and relevant issues surrounding over-enrollment. Forty-nine of the 53 accredited ACCE programs responded to the survey instrument. Over two-thirds of the respondents stated that they were either approaching, or were at the limits of enrollment capacities. Most of the respondents listed limited enrollment, the use of adjunct faculty, and funding from industry as leading strategies for managing or obtaining resources. Because CM programs will not be willing to sacrifice quality, more and more CM programs will implement limited enrollment controls. The demand for Construction Management graduates will continue to increase. As more CM programs initiate enrollment controls, it will become increasingly difficult for the construction industry to fill entry level positions with college graduates. Limited enrollment will create a deficit of qualified CM graduates needed by the industry. Because CM programs are having difficulties acquiring resources through the university, it may be necessary to acquire additional resources through industry. According to a number of program directors, one of the best ways to raise funds within industry is through the use of Industry Advisory Boards. Industry Advisory Boards can help in another critical aspect to the future expansion of CM programs; improve university perceptions about Construction Management education



College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Technology



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construction management, over-enrollment, enrollment demands, limited enrollment

Technology Emphasis

Construction Management (CM)