REVIEW OF PHOTOGRAMMETRY, REMOTE SENSING, AND GEOSPATIAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENTS BY VARIOUS ACCREDITATION BODIES
Keywords: accreditation and licensure requirements, curricula development, curricula modernization
Abstract. Technological advancements in the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Sciences continuously alter the way we collect, process, and interpret datasets. Accreditation bodies and institutions often need to respond to those changes and make timely modifications to stay current with technology changes and industry needs. However, it can be generally stated that the industry can adapt and adopt technological changes faster than accreditation organizations and institutions, because the process of modernizing curricula can be time consuming and slow based on organization / university / college policies. In addition to industry demands, institutions must adhere to and follow accreditation requirements. This paper reviews several accreditation requirements related to Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Sciences. The accreditation bodies that are reviewed focus on organizations in Northern America and Europe due to ease of access to information. The review provides insights about their curricula criteria, their level of detail, if they can be considered current based on industry needs, and if they provide enough flexibility for modernizing curricula without violation of accreditation policies and criteria.