Congress is preparing to reauthorize the Higher Education Authorization (HEA), the Federal law that establishes policy and reauthorizes Federal programs in support of colleges and universities. MAPPS has long advocated for colleges and universities engage in preparing the next generation of professionals and technical leaders. This preparations should largely consisted of education, training, and basic research. However, all to often universities stray from education and basic research by engaging in commercial activities, including geospatial production work, in direct and unfair duplication and competition with private sector geospatial firms.
At the request of the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives, the MAPPS staff has been tasked with collecting examples from the MAPPS membership where the academic community successfully partners with the private sector for geospatial education and research, as well as examples of where the academic community performs clearly commercial geospatial work that is already available from or conducted by the private sector.
Please take a few minutes to contact MAPPS staff John "JB" Byrd and provide him with the following information. The deadline to respond is October 15, 2014.
For the benefits of successful education and basic research partnerships, please include the following:
Name of the college/university; Client/agency/source of revenue; dollar value of the program/project; Scope of the education and/or training provided to students; and any additional documentation or weblinks (including online promotion of the effort by the college/university, or media coverage).
For the problems with unfair university competition, please include the following:
Name of the college/university; Client/agency/source of revenue; dollar value of the program/project; Scope of work including location mapped; and any additional documentation or weblinks (including online promotion of the contract or project by the college/university, or media coverage). There are often incidents where the university fails and the project is suspended. If you are aware of such incidents, please provide details.
None of the details you provide will be attributed to you or your firm. This data call is your opportunity to provide MAPPS staff with recent and relevant examples of engagement by academic institutions that are both helpful and harmful to the private sector geospatial community, and will provide actionable information that Congress can use to write provisions in the Higher Education Act to help focus colleges and universities on their core mission, while reducing or eliminating unfair university competition with the private sector in our field.
Marvin Miller, Chair
MAPPS Forum on Unfair Government and University Competition