2017 Annual Report

Provide innovative and diversified programs to enable our students to become qualified employees, to develop professionally, and to engage in lifelong learning; offer service programs that address the needs of our community and region; and foster and grow mutually beneficial partnerships with alumni, industry,​ educators, government agencies, and other stakeholders through collaborative endeavors.

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Responsibility

To prepare career-ready graduates who can address the evolving needs of employers and to address complex challenges through the integration of innovative education, research, and service.

The Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering had an enrollment of 195 undergraduates and 45 graduate students at the end of the 2017 spring semester. The last academic year produced 45 graduates. Two faculty were promoted to the rank of full professor. 100 percent of graduates in Construction Management passed the Associate Constructor (AC) examination. 100 percent of graduates in Civil and Construction Engineering passed both the AC examination and the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. Students and faculty sponsors participated in regional competitions with the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Engineers (ASCE). Students entered the ASCE Concrete Canoe competition for the first time. An undergraduate student received the first place award for best paper and oral presentation at the Deep South ASCE competition. The Heavy Civil team placed second at the regional ASC competition in Dallas.

Other highlights:

$700,000 Total dollars awarded for proposals

$92,500 Private scholarships awarded

2 Research articles submitted in professional journals

17 Formal presentations at professional meetings

2 Essays or articles in popular or semi-popular publications

30 Paid consultantships

39 Professional, University and Community Service activities

20 Professional Development activities

25 Professional Associations, Memberships, Certifications, and Registrations

The Construction Management degree program employs the AC examination and surveys as well as in-course assessment instruments for annual assessment. The Civil and Construction Engineering degree program employs the AC and FE examination and in-course evaluation tools. During the 2016-2017 academic year 100 percent of the Construction Management graduates passed the AC examination and 100 percent of the Civil and Construction Engineering graduates passed both the AC and FE examinations.

Create a new concentration in construction the focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Continue progress in the Construction Management and Architectural and Construction Engineering programs to obtain ABET recognition.

Only public four year Construction Management program in Arkansas.

Civil and Construction Engineering is the only program of its type in the United States.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering programs are the only programs of their type in Arkansas.