College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Thomas F. Kommer, Philip Barlow
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo [Cal Poly for short] is notable for having one of the best undergraduate Construction Management programs in the nation. From winning consecutive regional competitions, such as the ASC Competition in Reno, to incorporating a “learn-by-doing” philosophy in all its classrooms, Cal Poly’s CM curriculum truly distinguishes itself from other CM programs nationwide. From the Cal Poly Construction Management website, it’s noted that upon graduation, “the department has virtually 100% placement in the construction industry” (“Cal Poly Construction Management”). However, while the CM program at Cal Poly truly excels in preparing its undergraduate students in technical skills, the curriculum lacks preparation for its students in another imperative industry skill: problem-solving. This report will evaluate the benefits of case-based learning, as adopted in the nation’s top universities, such as Yale University, Harvard Business School, and Boston University. Moreover, the report will determine whether there is sufficient interest with implementing a potential case study module in all of Cal Poly’s CM labs.