Geomatics education paper published in SALIS
Adam Benjamin and Henry Hochmair were authors on a recently published Surveying and Land Information Science paper by the University of Florida Geomatics faculty. The paper is entitled, “Geomatics Education at the University of Florida: A Case Study of Challenges and Adaptation.”
Abstract: : In this article, we reflect on more than 40 years of geomatics/surveying education experience at the University of Florida (UF) with a focus on key programmatic changes over the last decade. This includes key challenges faced by the program and subsequent adaptive actions. We summarize continuous efforts made by the UF’s administration, Geomatics program faculty and staff, and collaboration with stakeholders in the state of Florida to address strategic issues faced by the program through the years. In the article, we show that carefully considered expansion to address geographically disadvantaged, “place-bound” student populations and adoption of distance education is one way to address current geomatics education issues (e.g., low enrollment). In addition, diversification of the geomatics education portfolio through degree and certification programs that address industry demand can have a positive impact on increasing both Geomatics program exposure and the level of service to the surveying and mapping profession.
Abd-Elrahman, A., Barnes, G., Benjamin, A., Britt, K., Dewitt, B., Hochmair, H. H., Smith, S., and Wilkinson, B. (2019). Geomatics Education at the University of Florida: A Case Study of Challenges and Adaptation. Surveying and Land Information Science, 78(1), 5-16. PDF