Nicholls Geomatics program receives Surveying Education Award


THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s Geomatics program was awarded $15,000 by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Nicholls has received the NCEES Surveying Education Award, which began in 2016, for the second year in a row and is one of only five programs to have been honored both years. Schools are chosen based on their student outcomes, student involvement, outreach and recruitment.

“In 14 years, Nicholls Geomatics has become one of the most nationally recognized programs in the nation,” says Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, associate professor and department head of geomatics. “We are proud to be ranked up there with the big research schools across the country. Our program excellence can be attributed to the collective effort of the Geomatics faculty, students, alumni and industry partners.”

The award recognizes programs advancing licensure for surveyors to preserve public health, safety and welfare.

NCEES is a nonprofit that develops, administers and scores the surveying licensure tests in the U.S.

Nicholls’ Geomatics graduates are passing the Fundamentals of Surveying national exam at a 95 percent clip, compared to the national average of 54 percent.

The other winners are the University of Maine, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Florida, New Mexico State University, Santiago Canyon College and the University of Akron.


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