The Impact of Integration of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Global Positioning Systems Technologies in Multidisciplinary Curricula at Southern University
2006 GSW Proceedings
The incorporation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in multidisciplinary curricula at Southern University has introduced a vital technology component, as well as enabling the development of a spatial data-warehouse. The Center for Coastal Zone Assessment and Remote Sensing has recently acquired fully fledged GIS/RS laboratories and initiatives, which have resulted into a major spatial sciences initiative at Southern University.
... Not only has the component redefined the skills of Southern University science and technology graduates, but also it has equipped the graduates with critical skills enhancing their curriculum vitae for job market. The development of spatial data warehouses has jettisoned the university to be a major player in maintenance of Louisiana State's homeland security initiatives. This paper outlines the evolution of GIS and RS in science and engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Southern University, and traces the historical perspective of GIS development in 1890 land grants schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as a whole. The paper explores advantages of mapping and spatial data entry into GIS databases. The development of spatial sciences has provided for new K-12 initiatives, and training for K-12 school teachers. A new training center for professional development and continuing education has been established. A virtual reality visualization facility is one of many state-of-the-art technology spin offs. Southern university is now producing graduates ready for the space industry, intelligence and homeland security technology based careers. Finally the paper describes the facilities available at SUBR CCZARS and spells out the vision, challenges and future of spatial technologies at Southern University and related programs at 1890 land grant schools.