About Amerisurv| Contact    
Magazine | Newsletter    
Flickr Photos | Advertise    
HomeNewsNewsletterAmerisurv DirectoryJobsStoreAuthorsHistoryArchivesBlogVideosEvents

Sponsored By

Software Reviews
Continuing Series
An RTN expert provides everything you need to know about network-corrected real-time GNSS observations.
Click Here to begin the series,
or view the Article PDF's Here
76-PageFlip Compilation
of the entire series
Test Yourself

Got Answers?
Test your knowledge with NCEES-level questions.
  Start HERE
Meet the Authors
Check out our fine lineup of writers. Each an expert in his or her field.
Wow Factor
Sponsored By

Product Reviews
Partner Sites







Spatial Media LLC properties




Home arrow Archives   The American Surveyor     

How One College Surveying Program has Benefited from the CST Exam Print E-mail
Written by Vincennes University   
Saturday, 23 November 2013

A 3.507Mb PDF of this article as it appeared in the magazine—complete with images—is available by clicking HERE

This is a story of how an Indiana College has taken advantage of the Certified Surveying Technician (CST) Program since 1991. Vincennes University (VU) has been in existence since 1801. It is Indiana's first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory, when he was instrumental in negotiating many treaties with Tecumseh, the great Chief of the Shawnee. It is not only appropriate to have a surveying program at VU based on its early history as capital but also a challenge in that the immediate area surrounding the city is not part of the USPLSS. The area has many types of land survey systems including Upper, Lower, and Cathlinette Surveys, Common Lands, Donations, Locations, Surveys, and Military Donations surrounding the city of Vincennes. We travel 20 miles to perform labs in the Rectangular System.

The VU Surveying Program began in 1975. Under the guidance of Art Haase, a program grew from a Civil Engineering Technician degree to a Commission of Higher Education approved Surveying Technology degree in 1977. The current curriculum includes all surveying classes required by Indiana Administrative Code to qualify for licensing exams in Indiana. See sidebar for the composition of the two-year program.

In addition to the Surveying Associate of Science degree, VU offers an Associate of Science degree in Civil Drafting/CAD and a Bachelor of Science in Surveying Management degree.

The VU Surveying program will normally graduate 10-12 students. There has always been a demand for VU Surveying graduates by the profession. Placement is done within the program and has always been 100% for those who wish to enter the surveying workforce.

Assessment is always in discussion in higher learning, but accreditation agents are now expecting an assessment instrument that provides regional or national comparisons. Are your students learning the necessary skills to be a productive member of the workforce? Many methods of determining how well your program has prepared your graduates have been used. We mostly base our assessment on job placement, salary advancement, and passing licensing exams. The VU accreditation body wanted to see a more immediate method. In 1991, the VU Surveying Program Department Chair, Art Haase, decided we would utilize the CST Exam for our national assessment. First year students would test at CST level one and second year students would test at CST level two.

Since then VU Surveying has had over 400 students take the CST exam. First year students traditionally pass the exam at an 80% rate, while second year students pass at a 75% rate. The second year students must also complete 700 hours of work experience with a Professional Surveyor. The successful completion of the exam has shown prospective employers that our students have achieved an understanding of the practical knowledge and application of the knowledge to a variety of surveying disciplines. The exam also is a test experience for the graduates who will pursue the professional licensing exams (over 50% of our graduates become Professional Surveyors).

Since 2004 Vincennes University has become the host site for taking the CST electronically. Through the efforts of Art Haase, current Dean of College of Technology and President of the CST Board, VU administers the CST exam through our Center for Teaching and Learning under the guidance of director Debbie Stanczak. There has been over 2500 participate to date.

The CST exam has become an integral part of our assessment efforts. We are in the third decade of evaluating the teaching efforts of the VU Surveying faculty and the learning results of our students. We will continue to use and benefit from the exam.

For more information and tuition costs, go to http://vinu.edu/technology.

A 3.507Mb PDF of this article as it appeared in the magazine—complete with images—is available by clicking HERE

< Prev   Next >

 American Surveyor Recent Articles
Marc Cheves, PS 
Editorial: A Great Year to be a Surveyor
Some magazines have what are called "theme" issues. That is, most of the content is focused on one particular subject. In my 22+ years of survey magazine publishing, my philosophy has always been to have a little bit of everything in each issue, thereby eliminating the possibility that ....
Read the Article
Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Case Examinations: Halverson v. Deerwood Village
Whew! We really beat the snot out of Bryant v. Blevins and practical locations. Well this month we're back on new case that hit the Minnesota Supreme Court's docket in 1982. We've got the familiar gymnastics of jurisprudence featuring an extraordinary array of flying rope stretchers ...
Read the Article
Michel Philips 
Extreme Environment Surveying
A Franco-Chilean team of cave divers used the Nautiz X8 rugged handheld for marine cave surveying, gathering data to classify the inaccessible northern half of Madre de Dios for UNESCO World Heritage. The team of cave divers used the Nautiz X8 ....
Read the Article
Erik Dahlberg 
The Original Green Engineers
Sometimes, it's best just to leave things as you found them. That's the lesson shared by Dr. Richard Miksad and his students at the University of Virginia. As a result of studies covering nearly a decade, Miksad's teams have developed detailed ....
Read the Article
Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself 49: No Dimensions
In square A-C-D-B with side S, C-E is tangent to the semicircle Q1 with diameter B-D. Q2 is the inscribed circle of A-C-E. The tangent to Q1 and Q2 meets the sides of the square at F and H and intersects C-E at t G. Q3 is the inscribed circle of C-G-H. What is the ratio of the radii of circles ....
Read the Article
Jerry Penry, PS 
Discovery on Grizzly Peak
When First Lieutenant Montgomery M. Macomb arrived in Carson City, Nevada, from Washington D.C., on July 28, 1878, his assigned survey crew from the 4th Artillery was waiting and ready for the new field season. At age 25, Macomb was the leader ....
Read the Article
Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Fighting City Hall Over Land
Once upon a time (1989 to be exact) in a place not so far away from where I live, a man (Francis Galdo) bought a home across the street from a vacant parcel owned by the City of Philadelphia. That parcel, along with others, had been acquired by condemnation back in 1974 subsequent to a 1956 ....
Read the Article
Patrick C. Garner, PS 
Book Review: Boundary Retracement: Processes and Procedures
When I was in my mid-twenties and learning the honorable profession of land surveying, I was lucky to be guided by a mentor who would grab a book off his office shelf and say, "Every surveyor should have a copy of this!" The first example he waved at me was Davis, Foote and Kelly's Surveying ....
Read the Article


Amerisurv Exclusive Online-only Article ticker
Featured Amerisurv Events
List Your Event Here
contact Amerisurv


Topcon Releases

press [at] amerisurv.com
Online Internet Content


News Feeds

Subscribe to Amerisurv news & updates via RSS or get our Feedburn
xml feed

Need Help? See this RSS Tutorial

Historic Maps

post a job
Reach our audience of Professional land surveyors and Geo-Technology professionals with your GeoJobs career ad. Feel free to contact us if you need additional information.


Social Bookmarks

Amerisurv on Facebook 

Amerisurv LinkedIn Group 

Amerisurv Flickr Photos 

Amerisurv videos on YouTube 



The American Surveyor © All rights reserved / Privacy Statement
Spatial Media LLC
7820B Wormans Mill Road, #236
Frederick MD 21701
301-695-1538 - fax