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Toward Structured Business GIS Credentials—Panel Discussion
Track: Business GIS
Author(s): Shelli Stockton, Monica Perry, Fred Miller, Grant Thrall, Tony Hernandez

As Business GIS technologies mature and emerge as mainstream tools of business decision making, institutions of higher education are seeking out ways to integrate them into their curricula. Beyond general orientation for managers, institutions are beginning to serve students and businesses by developing credentialed clusters of Business GIS skills that directly serve the needs of organizations embracing Business GIS technologies.

Their goal is to match the structure of Business GIS programs with the skill set sought by organizations pioneering this movement. This panel includes representatives of institutions who have created such programs, organizations who are seeking graduates with Business GIS skills and Esri representatives who are involved in this process. The session will cover current programs, other potential models, and opportunities for collaboration among participants in structuring and offering credential programs.

Shelli Stockton
380 New York
Redlands , California 92373
United States
Phone: 909-793-2853
E-mail: sstockton@Esri.com

Monica Perry
University of Redlands
PO Box 3080
Redlands , California 92373
United States
Phone: 909-793-2121
E-mail: monica_perry@redlands.edu

Fred Miller
Murray State University
113 Sparks Hall
Murray , Kentucky 42071
United States
Phone: (270) 809-6206
E-mail: fred.miller@murraystate.edu

Grant Thrall
University of Florida
P.O Box 117315
Gainesville , Florida 32611
United States
Phone: (352) 392-0494
E-mail: thrall@geog.ufl.edu

Tony Hernandez
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto , Ontario M5B 2K3
Phone: 416-979-5000
E-mail: thernand@research.ryerson.ca