Spatial Analysis Research Center (SARC) was established
July 1, 1996 within the Social Science Research Institute, College
of Social Sciences. SARC builds upon initial work in computer cartography
which dates to the early 1970's in the Geography Department at St.
Cloud State University (SCSU). Classes in computer cartographic
applications have been offered in the Geography Department since
at least 1975. Beginning with mainframe computers and punch cards,
computer cartography at SCSU has advanced with each technological
change. The first PC-based GIS software was utilized in class in
1983, the date of the first graphic capable personal computers.
Geography Department staff incorporate these technologies directly
into classroom use. Today, SARC has over
40 workstations in several labs that support academics. The Center
cooperates with the Department of Geography and other academic departments
and campuses to provide degree programs for both undergraduates
and graduates. In addition, the Center works closely with Sponsored
Programs to provide employment and educational opportunities for
Computers and GIS Related Hardware
The Spatial Analysis
Research Center has the following GIS Labs and Peripherals
available for student and classroom use.
The SARC Board consists of a combination of faculty and
staff at St. Cloud State University. The board is the decision-making
authority for the Research Center.