(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."
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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