Program Assessment

The Department of Building Construction at Virginia Tech focuses on the development of a critical understanding of construction means and methods as well as management processes. It provides undergraduate students with a complete and diversified grasp of the building industry through technical and managerial courses which emphasize self-motivation, communications, imagination and leadership. It further maintains parallel general education and professional dimensions of study.

Virginia Tech fosters a "Hands-on, Minds-on" approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. This approach to learning has always been the department's philosophy as our students actively transform knowledge to practice through labs and the platform of the integrated studios. The "Integrated Construction Studio (ICS)" course, which is unique among contemporary institutions, is an example of integrative learning. Each semester, the ICS course brings together Construction Engineering and Management Juniors and Seniors and Building Construction sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students (over 130 students) to conduct pre-construction management of a real project. Students within each grade level form teams of three to six members, which are then paired in larger teams of one sophomore team (structural sub-contractors), one junior team (mechanical sub-contractors) and one senior/graduate team (general contractors) each. Teams work together throughout the semester, culminating in a competitive, formal bid for a construction project similar to the bidding process construction companies undertake. The studio environment for the ICS course allows it to be catered to teams and also each individual student.   

"During the Department's last accreditation, Integrated Construction Studio was listed as a strength for the department, based on auditor and student input".

Our multifaceted graduates will possess a strong educational base and technical competencies combined with the people and communication skills necessary to be successful in the global construction industry of the 21st century.  The BC degree options are designed to better equip construction industry professionals with the necessary tools for excellence in all phases of the built environment. The BC curriculum is reviewed annually by the faculty during the summer retreat and periodically by the Industry Advisory Board to ensure it is meeting the needs of the profession and of society.

Assessment Documentation:

Strategic & Quality Assessment Plan

Graduating Senior Exit Survey Instrument

Curriculum / Student Learning Outcomes Matrix

 

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements for Freshmen

Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

18 units of high-school course work
4 units of English
3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
2 units of social science (one must be history)
3 additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)
4 elective units

For more information, please visit the
University Admission's page.

Alumni Assessment

The program uses two (2) Alumni Surveys to collect assessment data from our alumni. The targeted groups will be 2-5 year graduates and 5-10 year graduates. This survey is very program-specific and allows us to evaluate the input from alumni in order to gauge our curriculum effectiveness for short-term and long-term goals. Beginning in spring of 2012, this survey will be conducted by the college alumni relations with notifications sent through email. This information will be collected in the spring semester only in two year intervals. An example of the survey can be found  here.