Moving from a Degree-Centric Postsecondary System to an Incremental Credentialing System: What Happens to Learners’ Financing Options?

Organization Case Study

CREDENTIAL AS YOU GO ORGANIZATION CASE STUDY

Estimating & Planning Construction Costs Certificate

Colorado State University, Pueblo

CREDENTIAL TITLE

Estimating & Planning Construction Costs Certificate

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Construction Management

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

In Development

CREDIT/NON-CREDIT # OF CREDITS (IF CREDIT BEARING)

9 credits

LENGTH OF CREDENTIAL

24 weeks

TYPES OF PARTNERSHIPS

Industry

INCREMENTAL CREDENTIALING FRAMEWORK APPROACHES

  • Learn As You Go
  • Retro As You Go

TOP COMPETENCIES/LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the current major planning issues effecting the construction industry
  • Develop skills and knowledge necessary to be a manager in today’s construction industry
  • Expand current and develop additional advanced construction industry skills

CREDENTIAL COMPONENTS

Why the Credential was Developed

  • The Estimating & Planning Construction Costs Certificate is designed to enhance learners’ knowledge of construction costs and planning in the commercial and heavy/highway aspects of construction.
  • The program focuses on learners with an entry-level or working knowledge of the construction industry, with the purpose of accelerating the student through various construction estimating processes and procedures.

How the Credential was Developed

  • Construction management faculty designed the credential to serve students and employees looking for estimating and planning skills separate from a full degree.
  • The certificate will also be available for students who left the college with completed coursework but no degree.
  • The credential is recorded on a student’s transcript when conferred. A certificate document is also provided to the student.

The Targeted Learners

  • Learners with interest in the construction industry
  • Employees in the construction industry looking to move into management
  • Previous students with some completed courses in Construction Management, but not a completed degree

Improving Education and Employment Outcomes