American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

American Council for Construction Education is an accrediting agency that gives accreditation to colleges that provide post-secondary programs to the students of construction education.

Posted by Ankita Paul on 7th May 2018

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

American Council for Construction Education is the agency for giving accreditations to the colleges and universities who offer online post-secondary construction programs to the students.

The mission of American Council for Construction Education is to be a leading global advocate of quality construction education.

It is focused on the promotion of high standards, to support and accredit quality construction education programs.


 Eligibility requirements for ACCE accreditation

 To be considered for accreditation, a degree program in construction education shall-

  • Be located in an educational institution of higher learning that is legally authorized under applicable laws that provides a degree program which is a post-secondary degree. 

  • In the case of institutions in the US, the institution should be accredited by a regional accrediting agency, and in other countries also, the institution should be accredited by their concerned regional agency.

  • Have been in operation for sufficient time, at least 2-3 years, that one class of graduates have received their degree for which accreditation is sought for.

  • Offer either a Bachelor or Associate degree program which is highly a professional degree.

  • Have a designated administrator who will take over the responsibility for the leadership and management functions for the degree program accreditation.

  • The Bachelor degree program should be for minimum 120 semester hours and Associate degree should be for minimum 60 semester hours.


 Guiding Values of American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

  • Promote and improve construction education and research at the post-secondary level.

  • Engage in accrediting construction education programs offered by colleges and universities.

  • Maintain procedures consistent with policies and procedures established by other accreditation agencies to which the corporation may belong.

  • Publish current information concerning criteria and procedures adopted by the corporation for accrediting programs.

  • Report the results of its activities to the public and institutions.

  • List the colleges and universities which have or are seeking accredited programs of study in construction.

  • Review at regular intervals the criteria which the corporation has adopted to evaluate programs in construction education.

  • Do any and all things necessary to carry out the purposes and conduct the business of the corporation as authorized by law.


 Benefits of ACCE accreditation

  • The primary goal of ACCE is to promote and improve the construction education in colleges and universities.

  • The ACCE standards are set in such a way that the total construction community, the public, construction educators, and constructors, will be providing standard education.

  • ACCE helps the employers in the construction industry to identify people who can make a lasting effect in the industry through their work.

  • It even helps the users of construction faculty or the public at large by raising the potential of the constructors and the quality of construction at large.

  • It even makes the institutions to meet the current trends in the market and mainly in the technological advancements.

  • It helps in maintaining contact with the programs, courses, facilities provided by other accredited colleges and thus it goes hand-in-hand.

  • Relationships are built and there is access available to encourage construction industry contacts nationwide.


 ACCE decision making bodies

The governing or decision-making body of ACCE is its Board of Trustees. Elected annually, the Board is composed of a representative of each association member, educators, a minimum of one and a maximum of a five-person representative of the public-at-large, a minimum of one and a maximum of five persons representing the industry-at-large, and the Executive Vice President, ex-officio.

  • Board of Trustees Officers which constitutes

    • Board Chair

    • Board Vice Chair

    • Secretary

    • Treasurer

  • Association Trustees

  • Accrediting Agency Trustees

  • Educator Trustees

  • At-Large Trustees

  • Industry Trustees

  • Public Interest Trustees

Executive Committee - The Executive Committee shall be responsible for conducting routine business on behalf of the Board during the meetings of the Board and shall also work on any other matters the Board may delegate to the Executive Committee during any regular or special meeting of the Board.  This Committee specifically oversees the roles and actions of all Special Committees and is not required to bring any actions from those committees to the Board for approval other than for changes in the budget, policies, or accreditation standards.

  • Board Chair

  • Board Vice Chair & Strategic Planning

  • Guidance Committee Chair

  • Marketing & Communication Committee Chair

  • Dupree Education Fund Committee Chair

  • Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

  • Leadership Development Committee Chair

  • Training Committee Chair

  • Industry Liaison Committee Chair

  • President (Ex Officio)

  • Accreditation Committee Chair

  • Recognition Committee Chair

  • Standards Committee Chair

Board Committees- These committees report to the board.

  • Accreditation Committee

  • Finance Committee

  • Strategic Planning Committee

  • Leadership Development Committee

  • Standards Committee

  • Council of Chairs

  • Marketing & Communication Committee

Special Committees- These committees report directly to the Executive Committee.

  • Dupree Education Fund Committee

  • Training Committee

  • Guidance Committee

  • Recognition Committee

  • Industry Liaison Committee


ACCE’S Strategic Directions for student success

  • ACCE helps students by identifying institutions and programs that offer quality education in construction education. 

  • It assures students that the program has met stringent industry standards of content and quality

  • It makes sure that the students’ gather high-quality education that makes them ready to perform a broad range of professional responsibilities.

  • The students are assured of the fact that programs go through self-evaluations to keep them updated with emerging trends, technologies, and requirements of the construction industry.


 Colleges and Universities under ACCE accreditation

The colleges and universities that come under ACCE accreditation include

Indiana State University Louisiana State University
Michigan Technological University Roger Williams University
Northern Arizona University Ball State University
Texas A&M University Missouri State University
Texas State University Northern Kentucky University
Kent State University University of Alaska Anchorage
Bradley University East Carolina University

 Conclusion

American Council for Construction Education is an institution that provides accreditations to colleges and universities that provide high-quality education construction. These accreditations help in building a standard of building infrastructures and increases the potential of individuals to perform, finally increasing consumers’ trust in the industry.