Accreditation has three primary purposes. These are to assure quality to students and the public; engender employer confidence so that employers can evaluate credentials of job applicants, decide about supporting tuition of employees seeking additional education and decide about support of construction education programs; and easing transfer among colleges, universities and programs.
The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) addresses the education of the professional constructor to ensure the very best education possible. The ACCE promotes, supports and accredits quality construction education programs and recognizes the right of each program to be appraised in the light of its own stated purposes as long as these comply with its requirements. Given that we have graduated the first class from the BCS program the way has been opened for us to apply to the ACCE to accredit the program. This process is a lengthy one that culminates with a visit by a panel after we have completed a self-evaluation report and submitted it to the ACCE for their consideration. We have submitted our application for admission to Candidate Status. We will work with a mentor appointed by ACCE to assist us in an informal manner as we prepare for accreditation. As soon as we have been admitted to candidate status ACCE will give public notice of our status. Given our pending curriculum changes the earliest that our program can be considered for accreditation would be Spring 2015.