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UTSA construction science degree program earns ACCE accreditation

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(Aug. 21, 2014) -- The UTSA Department of Construction Science in the UTSA College of Architecture has been awarded a full-term initial accreditation for five years for its Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Construction Science and Management degree program by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). This achievement places UTSA's construction program among one of only 76 accredited baccalaureate degree programs in the United States.

Organized in 1974, the ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate and associate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management and construction technology located in North America.

"For the Department of Construction Science to receive such an important distinction at such a young age is tremendous," said John D. Murphy Jr., dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "This process has revealed the quality and dedication of UTSA's construction science educators, and it has strengthened the existing quality relationships that the department has with its many partners in the construction industry."

To earn ACCE accreditation, the Department of Construction Science faculty completed a rigorous self-evaluation process to ensure the quality of UTSA's construction science education. A team of ACCE reviewers visited the department this year to evaluate the program's effectiveness, facilities and academic materials.

"This is an important milestone for the UTSA Department of Construction Science," said Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu, associate professor and chair of the department. "With industry and institutional support as well as the hard work of our dedicated faculty members, we have accomplished this important recognition in a relatively short time."

The B.S. in construction science and management degree program is housed in one of the newest departments at UTSA, the Department of Construction Science. The program combines courses in construction science, design and business management to prepare future managers and leaders of the construction industry.

Since 2009, the UTSA Department of Construction Science and Management has witnessed a rapid growth reaching approximately 200 students and six full-time and three part-time faculty members. Construction students also have observed great career opportunities with 97 percent placement at the last graduation ceremony, according to Karasulu.

The UTSA Department of Construction Science has developed close partnerships with the construction industry through their required internship program and the Construction Industry Advisory Council. The Council was also instrumental in developing the construction scholarship program that awarded 26 annual scholarships to construction majors in 2013.

"The UTSA Construction Science and Management program provides much needed quality professionals for the construction industry," said Harry Moeller, president of Bartlett Cocke General Contractors and a founding member and president of the UTSA Construction Industry Advisory Council. "We have observed the remarkable growth of this program in the last few years and will continue to support this effort that will impact the future of our industry."

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