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


Subscriptions
Sponsored By

Software Reviews
Continuing Series
     RTN
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

machinecontrolonline 


lbszone.com

GISuser.com

GeoJobs.biz

GeoLearn

 

Spatial Media LLC properties

Associates

ASPRS

newsnow 

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
Editorial 
Thought Leader: Land is Too Important to Be Left to Land Specialists
A while back I was searching the Internet for an old treatise on land titles. A Google query yielded a book published in 1914. The author was Charles Claudius Kagey and the book was titled "Land Survey and Land Titles, a book for boys and girls, a reference volume for property owners, a text ....
Read the Article
Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Wacker vs. Price - Irony in Sevenfold
This month's case takes us to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950. The Arizona Supreme Court went all guns-a-blazin' in Wacker vs. Price (216 P.2d 707 (Ariz. 1950)). Maybe it's just me, but I'm sensing plenty of irony and have taken license to point it out along the way. I like what the Court did with this case ....
Read the Article
Allen E. Cheves 
Around the Bend - A Visit to Carlson Software
The Ohio River is one of America's greatest, running near 1,000 miles between Pittsburgh and the Mighty Mississippi. Much of the coal and other products that fueled our nation's industrial expansion flowed between the shores of this maritime ....
Read the Article
Lee Lovell, PS 
Surveying & Mapping Economics Part 3 - Customers & Services
This article continues an inquiry into the economic conditions of the Surveying and Mapping industry (NAICS 541370) using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This time we will look at customers and services. The data comes from the Economic Census conducted every 5 years on American ....
Read the Article
Jerry Penry, PS 
True Elevation: Black Elk Peak
Black Elk Peak, located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, is the state's highest natural point. It is frequently referred to as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Two other peaks, Guadalupe Peak in Texas and ....
Read the Article
Larry Trojak 
Bringing The Goods - Mobile Scanning an Integral Component
When Jim Smith, Jerrad Burns and Charlie Patton left the Memphis division of a major construction company in 2015, they took with them the knowledge of how to get even the most complex jobs done and what equipment could best serve them in making that happen. So when they joined West ....
Read the Article
 
Lee Lovell, PS 
Test Yourself 41: Integers, Integers, and Integers
ABF is a 5:12:13 triangle, ACF is a 48:55:73 triangle, ADF is a 3:4:5 triangle, and AEF is a 7:24:25 triangle, all with integer sides and inscribed in a semi-circle. What are the lengths of BC, CD, and DE? ....
Read the Article
Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Sunset or Sunrise?
While we often think of legislated government programs as static, they do change over time. Such evolution and opportunity for transformation are part of the dialogue in reauthorizing these programs. Every so many years there is a sunset on each government program, and this September is the ....
Read the Article
 

deliciousrssnewsletterlinkedinfacebooktwitter

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


Google
 
AMERISURV TOP NEWS

JAVAD Intros
Spoofer Buster

GOT NEWS? Send To
press [at] amerisurv.com
Online Internet Content

Sponsor


News Feeds

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

Need Help? See this RSS Tutorial

Historic Maps
Careers

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 

twitter

 




The American Surveyor © All rights reserved / Privacy Statement
Spatial Media LLC
905 W 7th St #331
Frederick MD 21701
301-620-0784
301-695-1538 - fax