Accreditations

Bayamón Campus

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Aircraft Systems Management Program

  • The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

  • FAA Part 141 Certification

Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

What is the Aviation Accreditation Board International?

The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) is a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) organization that meets twice a year and sets standards for all aerospace programs taught in colleges and universities around the United States and around the world.

Designed by educators, industry 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 AABI are educators, customers, employees, regulators, manufacturers, research firms, and advocates. Ultimately, they are the people who teach and hire aspiring aviation industry professionals. For more details visit www.aabi.aero

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT ACCREDITATION, DEGREE MILLS AND ACCREDITATION MILLS

In their quest for higher education and training, students and the public in the United States sometimes encounter “degree mills” – dubious providers of educational offerings or operations that offer certificates and degrees that may be considered bogus.  They may also encounter “accreditation mills” – dubious providers of accreditation and quality assurance that may offer a certification of quality of institutions without a proper basis.

For additional information on this issue and to learn more about CHEA, visit www.chea.org.

Accreditation organization public information requirements

ABBI accredited institutions MUST broadly and accurately publish the (1) objectives of each accredited program, (2) admission requirements, (3) program assessment measures employed, and (4) the information obtained through these assessment measures and report on actions taken as a result of this assessment, to include but not limited to: student achievement, the rate and types of employment of graduates, and any data supporting the qualitative claims made by the program.  The following information complies with AABI’s Section 3.4.2 of the Policies & Procedures Manual (Form 225):

(1) Objectives of each accredited program

The educational goals of the Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) Program represent and describe the expected accomplishments of the graduates within three to ten years after graduation. The Educational Goals are as follows:

  1. Professionalism: Exercise the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. Demonstrate an understanding of the current and ethical issues related to the analysis and execution aspects inherent to the Professional Pilot.
  2. Team Skills: Develop leadership skills, demonstrate proficiency in all forms of communication and perform well in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team environment.
  3. Life-long Learning: Recognize the need for continuing their education through graduate studies, continuous education opportunities, on the job training and/or self-education in the National and International Aviation environment.
(2) Admission Requirements

Besides meeting the University’s general admission requirements set forth on the General Catalog, candidates to this major must:

  1. Be a high school graduates or equivalent, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  2. Have obtained a minimum of a minimum result of 500 in Mathematics and 500 in English in the Academic Achievement Tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).

Note: All students must present a First Class Medical Certificate issued by a medical doctor recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAR Part 67) in order to take classes with a flight laboratory.

(3) Program assessment measures employed:

The process used to evaluate the level of achievement of the Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) Educational Goals include the following techniques:

  1. Alumni resume: A list of alumni having graduated from three to ten years prior to the accreditation audit is compiled. A resume is requested from the alumni either by mail or on-line. The resume is checked with a carefully designed rubric to verify the student’s achievement of the EGs and how well their academic experience at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon campus prepared them to succeed in their chosen field of Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot).
  2. Employer Survey: A survey is mailed directly to the alumni employer. Employers are asked a series of questions addressing the preparation of our graduates to succeed in the field of Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot)
  3. School of Aeronautics Advisory Board is asked to use their experience and that of others within their organization, to rate Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) graduates, co-ops, and interns against the Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) Program Objectives. The results are discussed at a meeting for understanding and to develop any required action by the Board and/or the faculty.
The Assessment Plan used the following tools:
  1. Exams (standardized/locally developed)
  2. Written Reports/essays
  3. Oral Presentation
  4. Performance (Stage) Checks
  5. Teamwork evaluation
  6. External Examiner
Assessment Plan Data Collection Cycle The assessment plan consists of the following steps for Assessment Plan Data Collection Cycle:
  1. For each of the Student Learning Outcomes, specific Performance Criteria (PCs) are identified that our students should achieve before graduation.
  2. Using assessment tools to collect and evaluate data about our students it is determined whether they are achieving the PC, therefore, meeting the Student Learning Outcomes, and ultimately the EGs.
  3. If the outcomes are not being met, then corrective changes must be made and subjected to a new cycle in the assessment process.
Each of the Student Learning Outcomes is achieved by planning and monitoring the curricular content from certain key and contributing courses. Key courses are those courses chosen, by the faculty, to assess each Student Learning Outcomes based on the data collection cycle plan

A criterion for success has been set for each direct and indirect means tools of assessment as follows:

Assessment Tools Direct or Indirect Measure Level of Achievement
Exams Direct 70%
Written Reports/essays Direct 70%
Oral Presentation Direct 70%
Performance Checks Direct 70%
Teamwork Evaluation Direct 70%
External Examiner Indirect 70%
(4) Information obtained through these assessment measures and report on actions taken as a result of this assessment:

Listed below is from our latest published Outcomes Assessment that includes: Learning Outcome, Data Collection and Analysis, Results of Evaluation, and Use of Evaluation Results (right-click on link to upload table):

  1. 2013-2014 Assessment Plan Layout Table
  2. 2014-2015 Assessment Plan Layout Table

In the last five years we have produced the following Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) graduates listed below:

Year 2010–2011 2011–2012 2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015
Graduates 3 4 0 2 3