National Assessment of GIS & T in higher education

Please see below for information regarding a National Assessment of GIS & T in higher education. Survey link here:

Over the past three decades there has been a proliferation of courses in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T), and this makes it challenging to have a sense of the size and diversity of the discipline. Therefore, there is strong support for a national assessment of the current scope and major trends in the teaching of GIS&T. This assessment should be a valuable resource for every segment of our discipline including those that impact workforce issues. The results will provide a basis for evaluating some of the assumptions about the growth of the discipline. With the new digital production of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge, we are interested in understanding how well our coverage of topics is consistent with what is taught in GIS&T classes.

In addition to measuring the scope of the field, this project also aims to chronicle the diverse ways GIS&T education has expanded across disciplines; how instructional methods and content have changed; and how well graduates are prepared for the workplace.

We would also like to capture the impact of technological and societal changes on the faculty teaching GIS&T courses. For example, how are instructors dealing with changing technology and do they find it rewarding and enjoyable.

Thus our goal is to conduct a nationwide assessment of all higher education courses that provide instruction in the use of GIS&T those that deal with the design, implementation and impact of the technology and those that cover new frontiers of GI Science.. We aim to include every course from two-year certificate programs to Ph.D. level seminars.

This survey is endorsed by Esri, the University Consortium on Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the American Association of Geographers. Once completed, the summary results will be openly available in several formats but individual responses will be not be released.

We would like anyone who teaches GIS & T to complete a survey for each course. This includes courses in cartography, remote sensing, surveying etc. that utilize GIS software.

The effort is directed by David Cowen, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina.

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