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GIS Around the Campus Higher Education institutes such as Yale University as well as more than 7,000 other colleges and universities use GIS to encompass a range of applications and services. GIS is used by several disciplines such as Forestry and Environmental Studies, Archaeology\Anthropology, Architecture\Urban Studies, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Religious Studies, Epidemiology and Public Health, History, and Engineering. GIS technology provides the education community with tools to develop a greater understanding of our world through spatial relationships. With GIS, students and faculty can integrate and evaluate data from many sources to develop new theories and knowledge. This helps prepare students to meet the demands of the twenty-first-century workforce, whether they are involved in science, government, or business. Teaching When students use GIS, they develop analysis and critical thinking skills, no matter what field they work in. GIS is a learning platform for conceptual modeling. Students also learn technical skills that will help them with their future employment. Spatial thinking skills acquired in the classroom deepen their understanding of the relationships that exist in the world and the complex problems facing society today. Petra Zimmerman on GIS in College Curricula [PODCAST] – Petra Zimmerman, Assistant Professor of Geography at Ball State University in Indiana, talks about using GIS in college curricula. Research Educators are using the power of GIS in more than 100 different academic disciplines to spatially enable their research. Researchers often focus on advancing GIScience theory and methodology, or use GIS as an analytical tool in their specific scientific discipline. Administration GIS and centralized database management work together to provide a cost-effective way to deliver high quality data and deployment options for faculty, students, and administrators in every department on campus. Campuses also benefit from using GIS for student recruiting, alumni tracking, emergency preparedness and response, facilities management, and campus mapping. Facilities managers can make better use of campus resources by using GIS to plan and maintain data on room capacities, available times, and technology infrastructure. Schools can then serve campus maps publicly on the Web, or via an intranet. If you are interested in using ESRI GIS software or you want to learn more about the use of ESRI GIS software, please read any of the attachments that may relate to your field. You may also go to http://www.esri.com/industries/university/index.html to see more information. If you have any further questions, please contact Nathan Turner at 337-482-0601.
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