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Background

Aviation Science Program
 
The Aviation Science Program is the academic unit of Elizabeth City State University that educates and trains students for careers and opportunities in aviation. The University's proximity to many large and small businesses, manufacturers, military installations, and government agencies that are integrally involved with aviation and aerospace makes Elizabeth City State University ideally located for students interested in aviation and aerospace careers.  For students interested in careers as professional pilots, the weather and temperatures of northeastern North Carolina are near perfect for maximizing the number of days available for flight training activities.
 
The aviation program at Elizabeth City State University offers students a comprehensive education in their chosen aviation area of study. Moreover, the curriculum offers general education and liberal arts courses that are intended to help students broaden their perspectives about themselves and their careers while, at the same time, giving them the knowledge and confidence to be successful in the competitive fields of aviation and aerospace.
Aviation students have a range of aviation program options from which to choose. An experienced and dedicated aviation faculty helps each student on an individual basis to choose the aviation program that best meets his/her career interests. This high quality, unique program is attractive to a broad range of potential students, from traditional-aged college students through community college transfer students, members of the Coast Guard or other branches of the military, and other adults in the area who have completed some college-level work but have not yet earned a four-year degree.
 
ECSU’s Aviation Science program is among only a few aviation education programs offered at HBCUs across the nation. The program will continue to offer the most relevant curriculum to meet the general education and aviation education needs of the students, the community and the industries it serves. The aviation degree program and the specializations are designed to prepare students for the rigorous employment demands of the highly competitive aviation and aerospace industries.
 
Mission
To provide quality aviation education to a diverse student body by offering specializations in areas relevant to the highly competitive aerospace/aviation industry.
 
Vision
The Aviation Science Program, the only of its kind in the state of North Carolina, seeks to become a model aviation education program for others in the state and nation. The program will be a significant provider of aviation and aerospace educated workforce for the state of North Carolina, specifically the northeast region.

Aviation Science Program Educational Goals
 
Program Educational Objectives (coded as PEO1 to PEO4):
The B.S. in Aviation Science will produce graduates who will:
PEO1:  Demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to obtain an entry level position in the aviation/aerospace industry or pursue an advanced education in graduate studies.
PEO2:  Exhibit adherence to professional standards with a consistent level of safety and ethical behavior.
PEO3:  Apply new ideas and technology as the aviation industry continues to evolve; supporting lifelong learning.

For Graduates of the Aviation Management Concentration, in addition to the three initial PEOs above will:
PEO4:  Evaluate the expanding role of aviation as it relates to and interacts within a global business environment.

For Graduates of the Flight Education Concentration, in addition to the three initial PEOs above will:
PEO4:  Evaluate the expanding role of aviation as it relates to professional pilot progression within either commercial or corporate flight services.

Student Learning Outcomes
The Aviation Science Program adopted the SLOs defined in AABI 201 3.3.1 and coded below as SLO1 to SLO11:
SLO1:  Apply mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines
SLO2:  Analyze and interpret data
SLO3:  Work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams
SLO4:  Make professional and ethical decisions
SLO5:  Communicate effectively, using both written and oral communication skills
SLO6:  Engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning
SLO7:  Assess contemporary issues
SLO8:  Use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice
SLO9:  Assess the national and international aviation environment
SLO10:  Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems
SLO11:  Apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues

Aviation Management Concentration (AVMN) Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of course material in the concentration; specifically, those focused on corporate, airline, and airport management.

Students will describe and detail all aspects of how the aviation industry and its governing agencies are organized and communicate.

Flight Education Concentration (FLED) Outcomes:
Students will complete the certification requirements to become a commercial, instrument rated pilot.

Students will acquire a practical working knowledge of aviation flight technology, including aircraft operation and management, Federal Aviation Regulations that apply to flight operations, and issues that affect the flight environment.