Why Does Being A Non-Traditional Survey Student Matter ?
As a part of studying the breakdown of Survey Education between traditional and non traditional formats let us consider what might be occurring. The majority of Land Surveying Professional Boards are actually part of combined Engineering and Land Surveying Boards. Almost 100% of Professional Engineers, Architects and Geologists come through a traditional education process. They also become the majority of the members on the combined boards. Following is a list of 54 licensing jurisdictions in the USA per data on the NCEES website. I will list the various forms of combined boards first.
Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors – 26 Boards
District of Columbia
Professional Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors – 7 Boards
Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists – 2 Boards
Professional Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors and Geologists – 5 Boards
Separate Boards for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors – 14 Boards
Out of the 54 jurisdictions that issue Surveying Licenses in the USA, 40 have combined boards on which the majority of board members were traditional students. In only 14 jurisdictions is the Surveyor Board likely to have the mix of education of their applicants.
Does this create a bias or prejudgement before the survey applicant even fills out his application?
Paul in PA
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