SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

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SOSU aviation programs affirm elite status with accreditation
from international board

The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) has granted accreditation to three of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s aviation programs. Those programs include the Bachelor of Science in aviation: flight operations, the Bachelor of Science in aviation management: business option, and the Bachelor of Science in aviation management: safety option.

The AABI accreditation team toured the SOSU campus March 13 as part of a site visit. Prior to the campus visit, SOSU submitted an accreditation application and also conducted an in-depth self-study. The entire process took about two years.

“Our aviation sciences program is one of the best in the country,’’ said SOSU Interim President Jesse Snowden. “The AABI accreditation comes as a result of the hard work of Dr. David Conway (Director of SOSU Aviation Sciences Institute) and his entire staff. They are to be commended for this achievement.’’

Southeastern first offered an aviation degree in 1966 and at that time was one of only two institutions offering such a degree. SOSU Aviation degree programs are offered at the Durant campus, at Oklahoma City Community College, and at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City. In addition, SOSU is the only school in the country to have accredited aviation programs offered at three locations, and the only AABI accredited school in Oklahoma with a graduate program in aviation.

“Of the approximately 200 flight schools in the country, we are one of about 25 to earn AABI accreditation,’’ Dr. Conway said. “This certainly validates our program as far as being in an elite class. The accreditation process looked at the whole gamut of our operation – curriculum, faculty, salaries, etc. AABI accreditation ensures that our curriculum meets the needs of the industry. Our aviation programs were already accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration certified our flight training program, but we felt that AABI accreditation would be the final validation of the quality of our programs.”

The Aviation Accreditation Board International is a nonprofit 501 © (3) organization that meets twice a year and sets standards for all aerospace programs taught in colleges and schools around the United States. Designed by aerospace educators and the FAA, it judges the quality of aviation education courses. Programs that meet AABI standards are accredited for a five-year period.

Members of the AABI are educators, customers, employees, regulators, manufacturers, research firms and advocates. Ultimately, they are the people who teach and hire aerospace industry professionals.

Contact: Alan Burton, SOSU, (580) 745-2731