USC Partners with Embanet to Support Online Masters in Geographic Information Science and Technology

Embanet, a leading global online learning services provider to the country’s top institutions, announced today that it has been selected by the University of Southern California (USC) to support the University’s online program expansion, including its renowned Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST).

A pioneer in online learning, Embanet has been partnering with prominent public and private institutions for nearly a decade, including among others Vanderbilt University, Boston University, George Washington University, and now USC. Embanet provides universities with capital, program and course development, marketing and enrollment services, online faculty training, student services, and technology hosting and support. Embanet has customized its services for USC, and will provide a suite of student services as well as marketing and enrollment support for the existing online GIST program.

“We are extremely pleased to begin our partnership with the University in support of its initiative to expand the availability of its online graduate programs,” said Stephen Fireng, president and CEO of Embanet. “Our goal is to assist USC in growing the numbers of highly capable graduates of the GIST program while ensuring that the services we provide and the pace of growth continue to reflect the quality and selectivity of the program and the institution.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, geotechnology is one of the most important emerging fields of study in the country.

“Increasingly sophisticated technology and the availability of geo-referenced data has vastly expanded the applications for the field—from public health and safety to urban planning and environmental science,” said Dr. John P. Wilson, professor of geography and director of the GIST graduate programs and GIS Research Laboratory.

Wilson helped develop and design the online Masters program to provide the sophisticated level of training needed to fill the currently unmet demand for these skills in government and industry.

“USC is committed to providing Distance Learning programs that reflect the academic quality one expects from a world class research university,” said Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. “Embanet understands the academic and administrative rigors of an elite private university, and this exciting partnership will enable us to provide an outstanding experience for ambitious, talented, and highly motivated students.”

[Source: Embanet press release]