Students

Students are the heart of our program. Their stories are shared on our website, exemplifying the strengths of our students when they join the program, the importance of soft skills they gain, and the applied knowledge they acquire by the time they graduate.

Enrollment

In Academic Year 2019−20, there were a total of 771 class registrations over the three academic semesters (fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020). There were 238 registrations (31%) from other colleges within the University: 12% were from the College of Design, 7% from the College of Liberal Arts, 6% from the College of Science and Engineering, and 6% from other colleges (source: UM Analytics).

During AY 2019−20, a total of 137 students were enrolled in one or more credentials of the program, 66 in the major, 35 in the premajor, 29 in the minor, and 18 in the certificate. Sixty new students were admitted to one of these credentials.

Graduation Statistics

Since the program’s inception in AY 1997−98 until spring 2018, the program has graduated 446 major, 216 minor, and 102 certificate students. Another 32 students have completed the Inter-College Program with a track in Construction Management. The current average GPA is 3.1 in the major, 3.3 in the minor, and 3.3 in the certificate; the average times taken to complete the program are 2.4, 1.5, and 1.8 years, respectively.

Graduates

2015−16

2016−17

2017−18

2018−19

2019−20

CMGT Major

23

37

37

45

23

Average GPA

3.3

3.2

3.1

3.1

3.3

Average years to complete

2.2

2.0

2.5

2.4

2.1

CMGT Minor

4

4

14

9

4

Average GPA

3.2

3.5

3.5

3.3

3.4

Average years to complete

2.1

1.1

1.6

1.5

2.0

CMGT Certificate

11

10

7

6

5

Average GPA

3.2

3.4

3.3

3.3

3.0

Average years to complete

1.3

1.2

1.4

1.6

1.3

Source: CCAPS Tableau Reports – Undergraduate Programs Graduate Data

Student Outreach

Information Sessions and Outreach

For AY 2019−20:

  • Transfer college fair/information sessions at community colleges
    • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
    • Century College
    • Inver Hills Community College
    • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
    • Normandale Community College
    • North Hennepin Community College
    • Rochester Community and Technical College
    • Saint Paul College
  • Seven transfer Thursdays held in collaboration with the Office of Admissions
  • Special Adult Evening Transfer Fair at North Hennepin Community College 
  • Major/Minor Expo for specific University of Minnesota students
  • Program information provided to companies participating at the Construction Management Career Fair for continuing education opportunities for their employees
  • One-on-one student advising appointments
  • Zoom advising appointments
  • Seven email newsletters with different Construction Management information and highlights sent to potential students that have opted into receiving information on the program
  • Follow-up emails from the Construction Management enrollment advisor to prospective students that have inquired about the program
  • Marketing campaigns that include digital, print, and social media, with a specific focus on growing the Facility Management cohort enrolling for fall 2020

Advising Summary and Statistics

Advising is a critical factor in student success, and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey results demonstrate very high satisfaction with the Construction Management advising. Construction Management advising is identified as a key strength in the program accreditation reports, and Senior Academic Advisor Megan Seltz was awarded the University of Minnesota Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2017.

For AY 2019−20, the advising staff completed approximately 225 individual appointments, many on Zoom, 20 walk-in meetings, 100 phone inquiries, and 3,500+ email inquiries. The advising staff is responsible for guiding all degree and certificate students and assisting minor students as required. In addition, advisors regularly communicate with colleagues in other programs and colleges to make them aware of our program as part of recruitment efforts.

Student Experience in the Research University Survey

The SERU survey is a comprehensive national evaluation offered in alternate years to all degree-seeking University of Minnesota undergraduate students. The University of Minnesota has participated since 2009; the most recent survey, for which we have results, was in 2017. The items provide an extensive snapshot of the student experience, tapping into diverse domains of interest to a variety of campus stakeholders. Results of the SERU survey are used to assess many elements of the Construction Management program. See Appendix A, the Quality Improvement Plan, for a summary of the SERU survey results.

SERU Survey Results 2017

a bar chart displaying a variety of courses and quality with satisfaction above 5 out of 6

 

 

Construction and Facility Management Student Association (CFMSA)

The Construction and Facility Management Student Association’s (CFMSA) primary goals are to provide students studying Construction or Facility Management access to networking opportunities within their prospective industries, to strengthen bonds among students in the major, and to connect students to local professional organizations in the fields they desire to go into. CFMSA had 35 members for the 2019−20 academic year, led by student board members. The board member was CFMSA President Brady Garnes.

CFMSA Events held during 2019−20:

  • Career Fair Prep Workshop
  • Built Environment Career Fair 
  • Construction site tours 
  • Social events

Working toward the group’s goal of connecting students to relevant local organizations, CFMSA collaborated with the Construction Management Alumni Association on events, and activities were often open to members of the other group. Most events had an informal networking happy hour afterwards.

Additionally, CFMSA created a website for the student association. One of the key features of the site is the calendar, which shows upcoming CFMSA events as well as different conferences, workshops, and activities hosted by other professional associations in the area. Members sported custom CFMSA visors in maroon and gold at all events.

Goals for the upcoming school year include membership growth, increased collaboration with the Construction Management Alumni Association, and continued interaction with companies and professionals in the Twin Cities. Due to COVID-19, many other student events for the spring semester were cancelled.