USGIF Renews Academic Accreditation for NOVA IMS & West Point

USGIF Renews Academic Accreditation for NOVA IMS & West Point

August 29, 2017

USGIF recently granted renewed academic accreditation for the Universidade Nova de Lisboa’s NOVA Information Management School (IMS) and the United States Military Academy at West Point’s geospatial information science program.

NOVA IMS and West Point are among the 14 academic institutions accredited by USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program. Under the program, USGIF awards colleges and universities the ability to offer students GEOINT certificates accompanying a college degree. The program matches knowledge and skills needed in the professional workforce with the education and training provided to students. The program benefits students, academic institutions, industry, government, and the GEOINT Community at large by ensuring current hiring needs are reflected in cross-disciplinary coursework.

West Point earned accreditation in 2011 and offers the USGIF GEOINT Certificate through its on-campus bachelor’s degree program. NOVA IMS in Portugal was accredited in 2016 to award the certificates through its online master’s degree program. NOVA IMS is the first USGIF-accredited international program.

“NOVA IMS and West Point are two highly ranked universities in their respective countries,” said Dr. Camelia Kantor, USGIF’s Director of Academic Programs. “Their GEOINT programs have met and exceeded USGIF’s published criteria. They both have strong GEOINT Certificate programs with a well-rounded suite of curriculum supported by excellent faculty and lab space. USGIF strongly believes in cultivating a GEOINT workforce representative of contemporary global demographics.”

USGIF-accredited GEOINT programs include Fayetteville State University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Northeastern University, Penn State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Utah, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Missouri, the University of Redlands, the University of South Carolina, the University of Southern California, and the U.S. Military Academy.

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