Northern Arizona University Construction Management

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The Construction Management Program at NAU is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.  The information on this page is provided as part of our accreditation requirement.

I. Northern Arizona University Mission Statement

II. Construction Management Academic Quality Plan

A. Mission

It is the mission of the Construction Management Department to prepare students to enter and succeed as construction managers in the construction industry.

Entry into, and success in the construction industry is dependent on a person’s knowledge and skills with the principles of engineering and construction management. It is also dependent on the ability to effectively communicate and knowledge of the ethical norms that guide the industry.

Assessment findings will be shared with the students, faculty, and the department advisory committee on an annual basis to solicit recommendations for improvement. These recommendations will be collected and reviewed by the faculty for possible implementation.

B. Goals and Objectives

1. Goal 

It is the goal of the Construction Management Department to prepare students to enter and succeed as construction managers in the construction industry.

2. Objective

Students will demonstrate:

  • Skill in oral communications 
  • Skill in written communications
  • Knowledge of methods, materials, and plan reading
  • Knowledge of and skill with use of engineering principles including:
    • Engineering concepts
    • Surveying and project layout
  • Knowledge and skill with the technical and professional principles of construction management including:
    • Management concepts
    • Bidding and estimating
    • Budgeting, costs, and cost controls  
    • Planning, scheduling, and control
    • Construction safety
    • Project administration
  • Knowledge of the ethical principles that guide the construction industry


C. Assessment Plan

The purpose of this assessment plan is to assure that the Construction Management Program continues to provide a quality educational experience to students through a well planned and well executed program of study. The program assessment plan draws from a number of sources as is diagrammed in the figure below.

 Program assessment

Course learning outcomes (or objectives) inform a curriculum mapping effort that is re-evaluated on a three-year basis.  Instructors write Course Reflection Documents at the end of each term that detail accomplishments and recommended improvements.

Results from the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Construction Fundamentals Level 1 exam provide independent, quantitative data to the process.  Each semester, graduating students complete an exit survey that provides qualitative feedback on the program from the student's perspective.

Every three years, potential employers complete a survey that provides input regarding the needs of the industry.

D. Program Outcomes and Evidence

The table below shows the program outcomes as defined in our assessment plan and details the trends in our student's performance on the AIC exam relative to the national average.  In all cases except for one, our student's scores in each category have, on average, exceeded the national average by the percentage points shown.

In addition, our student's performance has stayed constant (0) or improved (+) over the years. Trend graphs can be found on the AIC results page.


AIC Scores * 

Students will demonstrate: 

diff. from
National Average
(% pts)

8 year

3 year

Skill in Communication














Knowledge of methods, materials and plan reading




Knowledge of and skill with use of engineering principles including:





Engineering Concepts





Surveying and project Layout




Knowledge and skill with the technical and professional principles of construction management including:





Management concepts





Bidding and estimating





Budgeting, costs, and cost controls





Planning, scheduling, and control





Construction safety





Project administration




Knowledge of the ethical principles that guide the construction industry





  + positive trend
  -  negative trend
  0  flat (correlation coefficient, r2 < 0.10)




E. Continuous Improvement Program

As part of our academic quality program, we have made the following modifications to our curriculum and teaching:

  • 2011 - To improve the learning environment, we consolidated our laboratories into an integrated curriculum (Construct 4 Practice) in which students of all levels work together to complete a construction project.
  • 2010 - Feedback from industry recruiters suggests that our students need better skills in resume preparation, interviewing, and professional presentation. As a result, the faculty agreed to work to together to help students develop better interviewing and professional skills. This objective is also added to our 2011 strategic plan. Anecdotal information from our industrial advisory board and career fair recruiters suggest that we are making improvements in this area. Formal data on this problem should be forthcoming from our industry survey, which will take place in fall of 2011.
  • 2010 – Negative feedback from class evaluations and senior exit interviews show a weakness with the content of our Construction Graphics Class (CM222). In 2010, we replaced the instructor with a new instructor who has extensive background in construction documents and graphics.
  • 2009 – Qualitative information derived from our Senior Exit Interviews show overlaps and redundancies in our curriculum. In response, the program is currently (Fall 2011) working with the University Office of Planning and Assessment to develop a comprehensive curriculum map.  Once completed, the map will provide us with a tool to understand gaps, overlaps, and holes in our curriculum, and will help us identify new assessment techniques that can be used to measure progress in the future. This project is on-going.
  • 2009 - Because of inadequate student performance on the budgeting and cost control portion of the AIC exam, the capstone class was reworked to provide students with a basic understanding of construction cost control, cash flow, and budget management. Scores show substantial improvement over the next several test cycles.
  • 2008 – In response to declining AIC scores in communication, the program introduces a new on-line technical writing class (CM302) that is geared to project management professionals. Additionally, focused writing projects are introduced in CM490C to further help students prepare for professional careers. AIC communication scores improve after these changes.
  • 2007 – Student, industry and faculty feedback show declining student skill with construction software programs. Program abandons a basic computing class (CIS 120) taught by the business school, and develops a new class in Construction Computing (CM 130) to provide our students with a basic understanding of several important applications including: AutoCAD, Revit, Microsoft Project, On Screen Takeoff, and Microsoft Office applications. Instructors see significant improvements in computer literacy in subsequent classes.
  • 2006 – AIC scores reflect problems with our student’s understanding of scheduling concepts and precedence diagrams. Course curriculum was modified in 2007 to adjust to these inadequacies. Subsequent AIC scores show substantial improvement in student learning.

 III. Student Achievement

A. Graduates and Placement Data

1. Student employment numbers for each graduating class with starting salary information

Number of Graduates
Placement Data

 Below is a Partial List of companies recruiting on campus in a variety of ways.

Brignall Construction
E&K of Arizona
Filanc Inc
Granite Construction
Hensel Phelps
Holder Construction
Kinney Construction Services
Kitchell Companies
Kitchell Corporation
Loven Construction Co.
M.A. Mortenson
Maracay Homes
McCarthy Construction
PCL Civil Constructors
Pulte Homes
Rummel Contractors
Sundt Construction
Walsh Companies
WE Oneil
Wespac Construction
Whiting Turner
WM Lyles

During the 2010 Academic Year, 70% of our students accepted job offers from industry. The average salary for these offers was $52,000 per year.  In 2011, 77% of our students found employment by the date of graduation.

Employer Type Number of Placements 
  10-11  11-12
Construction Related Employment22
Construction or Construction Management Firm35 
Commercial Construction 19
Residential Construction 3
Subcontractors 10
 Material or Equipment Supplier  
 Owner (utility, R.R., etc.) 2
 Design or Development  
 Non-construction employment 4
 Seeking Employment (upon graduation)1411
 Graduate School21
Total 53 52
B. Student Awards

 1. The McFarland Award

This is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the Department for public service.


Past Recipients
2009-2010Justin Romero 


2. The Academic Achievement Award


Past Recipients
2009-2010 Jordan Ebert 


3. Other Awards

Spring 2011
  • The Commercial Construction Team, coached by Prof. Viskocil, took 2nd place in a very competitive field at the Associated Schools of Construction Regional competition in Reno.
  • Ray Collier, Lindsey Blum, Travis Estes, Jacob Mathiesen, Henry Daggett, and Daniel Bowen
Fall 2011
  • Lindsey Blum, Leah Davenport and Julie Murphy were selected to attend and participated in the 4th annual "Women's Construction Leadership Seminar" hosted by the Kiewit corporation.
  • The Women's Construction Leadership Seminar is an all-expense paid opportunity offered to only fifty young women across the country.  
C. Student Scholarships

To apply fill out the NAU Financial Aid application here

NAU/EGR Scholarship NameCriteria# of AwardsAmount
Achen-Gardner Mike Kolling Memorial ScholarshipFull time student pursuing degree in construction management or civil and environmental engineering, good academic standing.4 $                            5,500
AISES Robert Crozier Leadership AwardAward to a member of AISES that demonstrates inspirational leadership, AISES club participant1-2 $                            1,000
American Concrete Institute/ American Society of Civil Engineering ScholarshipFull time student in NAU Civil or Environmental Engineering program who has completed at least the freshman classes in their program with min GPA of 2.75 and is a US citizen1-4 $                            2,500
Arizona Engineering Company ScholarshipFull time student Jr. or higher majoring in civil engineering with min GPA 3.0, US citizen with prefer given to AZ resident, demonstrated an interest in consulting engineering, by employment or other closely related activities, other accomplishments may be considered(leadership, extracurricular activities)1~$500
Arizona Society of Civil Engineers ScholarshipEnrolled in Civil or environmental engineering program and actively participate in the NAU student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)  
Ben C Griggs/ ASA Endowment FundFull time construction management majors with min GPA 3.0, U.S. Citizen and AZ high school graduate1~$2,500
Brian Patrick Lindsey Memorial ScholarshipFull-time Sophomore./Jr./Sr. majoring in engineering preferred Mechanical Engineering with a min GPA of 2.75, U.S. Citizen, other accomplishments, have no other type of scholarship1-3 $                            3,300
Bull HN Information Systems Inc. Multicultural Engineering ScholarshipMin Jr. majoring in electrical or computer science engineering with min GPA of 3.0, current member in the Multicultural Engineering Program(MEP)1-2~$400
Carl Leroy and Jean Wolcott Meng Engineering ScholarshipFreshman or sophomore student enrolled in College of Engineering, AZ high school graduate, financially need1 $                               300
Christopher Todd Memorial Scholarshipengineering major 1-2~1,200
Chuck Orr construction Management ScholarshipFull time student majoring  in construction management with min GPA 2.5(1st preference), prefer AZ high school graduate who has been active in clubs and or organizations associated with their major or the ASNAU, and who have demonstrated leadership.1~1,800
Civil Engineering ScholarshipScholarship to be awarded at the discretion of the civil engineering department1~$250
Clayton and Rose Chance Scholarshippreference for sophomore; junior or senior may apply, majoring in civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering with a GPA 3.0 or higher, full time student, U.S. citizen1-3 $                               300
Construction Financial Management Association Valley of the Sun FundScholarships for students in construction management1-2 $                            3,000
Construction Management ScholarshipScholarships be awarded at the discretion of the construction management department1-2 $                            2,800
Curly Ethington Engineering Scholarship FundFull time engineering major with min GPA 2.5(not limiting the final decision), U.S. citizen, non-traditional students who are returning to school, and who are forced to hold down several jobs to fund their education and support themselves and/ or their families1 $                               800
Dale Endowment ScholarshipMasters in engineering candidates with a focus in wireless communications, or digital signal processing, or analog and RF IC design, min GPA 3.4, need financial aid, undergraduate in electrical engineering  from NAU or other major university design.1 $                            2,000
Engineering Computer Science ScholarshipAwarded to the discretion of the computer science department1 $                               300
Engineering Electrical ScholarshipScholarship to be awarded at the discretion of the electrical engineering department1-5 $                            3,000
Engineering Scholarship FundGeneral scholarship for students in engineeringDepartment Discretion $                         18,000
Fred A. and Edith Ohlinger ScholarshipSupport for engineering majors with a min GPA of 3.0 and are an Arizona resident with financial need.1-4 $                            1,500
Honeywell Perpetual EndowmentScholarship to students in the College of Engineering or students majoring in electrical engineering or computer science1-3 $                               700
Intel Engineering ScholarshipsAZ high school graduate, U.S. citizen or permenant resident, major in Computer Science, Electrical, Chemical engineering, or math sciences, finical needand GPA 3.0 on 4.0, preference for student from an underrepresented population, or a member of the Multicultural Engineering Program (the only requirement for MEP is engineering major, NOT ethnicity) 2 $                            6,000
Joe and Kit Troxler ScholarshipMechanical Engineer Major, U.S. Resident, Jr. or Sr., demonstrate financial need1 $                            1,000
John A. and Valerie M. Seeger ScholarshipFull time student majoring in either electrical engineering or computer science who is a Jr. or higher class standing with minimum GPA 3.0; foreign nationals may apply1-2 $                            3,500
Leadership Council Scholarship - EngineeringScholarships for an engineering major with min GPA 3.0 and has completed 30 semester credit hours1-5 $                            3,000
Leadership Council Scholarship - Science and MathProvide a financial need-based scholarship for any one sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in a discipline in science or mathematics offered within CEFNS and is in good academic standing.1-2 $                            2,000
NACE Arizona Section ScholarshipMust be full time at NAU and be a Jr. or Sr. in the engineering field1 $                            1,000
Randy Sherman ScholarshipStudent who have completed their freshman and sophomore years in electrical engineering, min GPA 3.0 and have chosen the EE profession for their career, either undergraduate or graduate status, financial need. 1 $                            1,500
Richard E. Boehl Memorial ScholarshipFull-time Jr./Sr. with a declared major in the academic discipline of civil engineering, min GPA 3.0, must be independent, self supporting student.1-2 $                               700
Robert Brocksbank Memorial AwardSupport awards for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society(AISES), travel, support, satisfactory progress toward degree, leadership, and contributions to AISES1-2 $                            1,300
Roy C Johnston Mechanical Engineering ScholarshipFull-time, for a sophomore or higher with a GPA of 2.75 or greater, mechanical engineering major, U.S. citizen1-2 $                               600
Scott William McFarland Memorial Scholarship for Contraction ManagementMajors in construction management with prefer to non-traditional students with min GPA of 2.5, who have been active in engineering clubs and organizations and participate in other on-campus student organizations, and have leadership abilities, financial need.1 
Shelton Hanning Civil Engineering ScholarshipFull-time student, junior or senior, majoring in Civil Engineering with min GPA 2.75, U.S. Citizen, demonstrated leadership qualities and involvement in activities outside of class1 $                            1,300
Thomas J. and Dolores C. Ballew Scholarship for American IndiansAmerican Indian student enrollment in construction management, GPA at least 2.5, recognized member of Native American tribe, preference to graduates of Dine college, financial need.1-3~$1,100



IV. Admission Requirements

Institutional Requirements

 1. State the curricular requirements established at the state level.

Requirements are established by the Arizona Board of Regents and outlined in Policy 2-102:Undergraduate Admission

2. State the curricular requirements established at the institution level.

To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of course work, which we describe in the sections that follow:

  •  at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements  Be aware that you may not use courses with a CM prefix to satisfy these liberal studies requirements.   

      Foundation Requirements (7 units)

  • 4 units of English 105
  • 3 units of Math

         Distribution Requirements (28 units)

  • 6 units of Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry
  • 6 units of Cultural Understanding
  • 7 units of Science (to include at least one Lab Science)
  • 6 units of Social and Political Worlds
  • 3 additional units of any liberal studies distribution course
  • at least 20 units of preprofessional requirements  
  • at least 70 units of professional requirements  
  • at least 21 units of minor requirements  
  • elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

3. State the curricular requirements established at the college level.

There are no additional curricular requirements established by the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences.