Oklahoma State University's aviation and aerospace programs are taking new flight with their recent accreditation from the Aviation Accreditation Board International.
The AABI is a unique accreditation program that goes above the federal expectations for the field of aviation. The process of accreditation has taken almost two years to complete. There are more than 110 universities that offer aviation programs but OSU is now one of only 32 accredited programs.
"Our AABI accreditation is a victory for outcomes-based education and a win for OSU, as we endeavor to prepare our professional pilot students for flight jobs and our aviation management students for jobs in the aerospace industry in the great state of Oklahoma and across the nation," Todd Hubbard, program coordinator for aviation and space, said in a press release.
Heather Rivera, the president of Women in Aviation and one of Hubbard's students, said the accredidation can only make the aviation program better.
"Hopefully, the new accreditation will help attract people with an interest in aviation to the great program we have here at Oklahoma State," Rivera said.
C. Robert Davis, college of education interim dean, said this new accreditation will give aviation students real world experience that will be respected nationally as well as internationally.
"We are very pleased these two programs are recognized at the international level for accreditation," Davis said. "The recognition is a reaffirmation of OSU's commitment to preparing students for the aerospace industry."
Students and staff are hoping this accreditation will help the Aviation and Space program prosper.
"Our aviation department is great," Rivera said. "The staff and instructors are extremely supportive and do everything they can to see us excel. They definitely have our best interests at heart."
For more information about the Aviation and Space programs, contact the Watson Family Student Success Center at (405) 744-6350.