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An Evolution of Undergraduate Surveying Education in Alaska

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 09/01/2007
End Date 06/30/2008
Funding Source Dr. Alex Hills Engineering Research Awards
Funding Amount
Community Partner
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM


  R.A. Curley

Student Researchers
  Krysta Wojnowski, Melinda Willman, Samantha Tanner


An Associate Applied Sciences Degree in Surveying and Mapping was introduced at the University of Alaska in 1971 and a four year Bachelor of Science Degree in Surveying and Mapping was added in 1991.  These programs were changed to an Associate Applied Science degree in Geomatics and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geomatics in 1996 and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems added in 2001.  Since the introduction of the Geomatics offerings in 1996 there have been 375 declared majors in Geomatics but only 18% of the declared majors have successfully completed the program.  The programs currently being offered are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and are essential for students wishing to enter the profession of land surveying in the state of Alaska.  There is currently a shortage of Professional Land Surveyors in the state of Alaska and the average age of the Professional Land Surveyor in Alaska is 58 years.  Unless the retention and completion of the Geomatics programs can be improved there is likely to be a severe shortage of qualified land surveyors which will impede development and growth within the state. This research seeks to determine the reasons for the low retention and completion rates and to suggest changes to the program that might bring an improvement in the rates, so the needs of the geospatial sciences industry in Alaska can be met to facilitate the growth in this sector of the economy.

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