USGIF supports geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) education through its Academic Programs, which include the USGIF Accreditation Program, the annual Scholarship Program, and a K-12 Program.

Starting from K-12 geospatial literacy and awareness activities, leading into collegiate education, and culminating with bridging the gap between education and professional development, USGIF leads and guides flexible and innovative GEOINT career pathways. Each educational element within these pathways was created to support lifelong learning in the skills and competencies associated with USGIF’s GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) curriculum framework.

In order to achieve this goal, USGIF’s Academic Programs:

  • Promote GEOINT tradecraft development through USGIF accredited programs at the college and university level that can lead to the awarding of GEOINT certificates and degrees;
  • Create awareness and appropriate venues for educational innovation in implementing GEOINT-related concepts and associated critical thinking throughout the government, private, and educational sectors to help build and maintain an agile GEOINT workforce that can evolve in response to changing capabilities, sources, methods, and requirements;
  • Harness and invigorate interest in GEOINT as a career path among students in 7th through 12th grades;
  • Support the teaching and learning of fundamental geographic skills in kindergarten through 6th grades;
  • Provide access to industry capabilities that are available to support academic endeavors in GEOINT learning;
  • Provide venues to grow the GEOINT profession via partnerships, publications, research in teaching and learning, and technological innovation.

Ultimately, USGIF’s Academic Programs ensure the GEOINT tradecraft’s continuance as a critical element to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

In support of USGIF’s Academic Programs, the USGIF Academic Advisory Board and Academic Planning Committee work to advance geospatial education and connect an expanding geospatial talent pool with professional opportunities in the GEOINT Community.

All USGIF educational initiatives are independent from USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Certification Program.