FSU Receives NGA Grant to Pursue Accreditation

Fayetteville State University to Develop USGIF Certificate Program

Fayetteville State University announced it has received a five-year $443,000 research grant from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to support the development of a geospatial intelligence certificate to be offered to students pursuing undergraduate degrees in geography, computer science, and intelligence studies at the university.

The initiative will be led by Dr. Rakesh Malhotra, a member of the USGIF Academic Advisory Board. If accredited, FSU will become the first HBCU (historically black college or university) program to achieve USGIF accreditation. 

Developing an accredited program at FSU will serve two purposes, according to Max Baber, USGIF director of academic programs: helping NGA with workforce development among underrepresented populations; and providing GEOINT professional development opportunities for military personnel at Fort Bragg who are preparing for transition to the civilian workforce. 

The full FSU press release can be read here. To learn more about USGIF academic accreditation, click here