Northeastern Named Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Science

Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies is focused on training the next generation of geospatial professionals—and it is that mission the university is now being rewarded for.

Northeastern was one of 17 institutions selected for the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Geospatial Sciences Program, a new endeavor launched by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the U.S. Geological Survey, in honor of the College of Professional Studies’ Master of Geographic Information Technology (GIT).

“The CAE Geospatial Sciences Program is a new way of cultivating relationships and partnerships across America’s universities,” said NGA Senior Executive for Academic Outreach and STEM Lenora Peters Gant in a statement. “This program is one of the best strategic and systemic approaches to shape the geospatial workforce of the future.”

Through the partnership, each agency is granted greater access to geospatial intelligence expertise, research and development, and emerging talent.

Northeastern’s GIT program is designed to meet the growing demand for geospatial intelligence professionals, imaging and geospatial data analysts, and modelers in the fields of government and business intelligence and location-enabled services. The degree program is accredited by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)—further amplifying its prestige in the field.

Graduates of GIT can now say their program is USGIF-certified and is an NGA Center of Academic Excellence.

“The CAE program and USGIF accreditation are complementary, prestigious credentials that afford Northeastern national academic distinction for a well-established curriculum designed to prepare the workforce for tomorrow’s challenges,” said Cordula Robinson, director of the GIT program.

Northeastern was acknowledged in a ceremony on June 22 at the 2015 USGIF GEOINT Symposium, held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.