Pathways to Geospatial Intelligence for Underrepresented South Texas Students - Vertical Integration Approach

Authors: Haibin Su*, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
Topics: Geography Education, Higher Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Geospatial Intelligence, curriculum, education, STEM
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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South Texas, one of the most under-represented areas in terms of STEM education and one of the most economically disadvantaged regions in the nation, suffers from a serious shortage of well-trained workforce and advanced professionals in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT). Due to lack of relevant curricula and inadequacy of instructional infrastructure in these areas, the public awareness and education and training in GEOINT within the region are far behind the national average across all education levels. Our project, which is funded by NGA, aims to design and build the pathways to train, educate and produce a workforce, particularly underrepresented Hispanic graduates, with necessary geospatial knowledge, skills and expertise in South Texas through research and development of relevant curriculum and establishment of GEOINT academic programs. The pathways have guided minority students to establish their GEOINT capabilities across multiple education levels: increasing awareness of GEOINT in high schools, developing the GEOINT knowledge and skills in community colleges and Texas A&M University – Kingsville campus, and promoting and applying GEOINT skills and techniques to address national security and disaster relief needs in South Texas.

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