Retired surveying leader honored
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Recently-retired Professor of Geography Kenneth Wong was recognized for his accomplishments as leader of the University’s Land Surveying and Mapping Program with the Earl J. Fennell Award.
The annual award from the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) is given to one leader across the United States and Canada in recognition of educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession. He accepted the award at the annual ACSM convention in Salt Lake City in February.
Wong, who retired in December after 8½ years at St. Cloud State, more than doubled the number of surveying majors and raised the amount of scholarship money available to students from a few thousand dollars to $28,000. He also developed the “2+2.5” model that allows students to complete two years of preparatory work at partner vocational technical colleges, then complete their four-year degree at St. Cloud State.
As a result of the steps Wong took to enhance the academic rigor of the program, St. Cloud State graduates have one of the highest passing rates on the Fundamentals of Surveying Examination of any university in the country.