Westminster College follows an open enrollment schedule so students
may apply for admission to the College (and the aviation programs)
throughout the calendar year. The Admissions Office evaluates all
prospective students based on a holistic view with a variety of factors
considered. Additional information about Admissions policies and
procedures are found at: Westminster College Admissions.
Detailed information about our latest class profile, including incoming average GPA, SAT scores, and ACT scores.
Program Assessment Measures Employed & Information Obtained
The Aviation Division utilizes a wide variety of program assessment measures in our efforts toward continuous improvement.
Course Evaluations are administered via our learning management
system to all students upon the completion of each course. Course
evaluations provide the instructor and the College with information
about how well courses covered learning objectives and offer feedback
about teaching effectiveness from the students' points of view.
Graduate, Alumni, Student, and Employer Surveys are administered on a
regular basis through the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business, the
Alumni Office, and the Aviation Division. Surveys supplement course
evaluations in that they allow more stakeholders to evaluate student
proficiency in relation to desired learning outcomes. They also collect
information related to student and employer satisfaction.
Classroom Observations are completed and documented on a regular
(once per semester, minimum, basis by the Division Chair or his
designee. The observation forms encourage productive dialogue between
the Division Chair and the professors who teach in the Division. Over
twenty considerations are evaluated and notes are included.
Comprehensive Academic Portfolio Assessments are completed for every
student in the AVIA 403 Aviation Capstone Course. This comprehensive
review ensures that all college-wide and program-specific learning goals
are met at the "achieved" level prior to graduation.
Program Assessment Plans are completed for both programs on an annual
basis that serve to measure and suggest improvements to courses and
instructional approaches. Up to six courses are measured each year in
terms of course content, the appropriateness of assessment tools, and
recommendations to instructional strategies. Suggested changes are
incorporated into subsequent classes.
A strong Safety Management System is in place at the Flight
Operations Center. The safety program encourages frequent safety
reporting and a formal safety committee regularly reviews all safety
reports and responds with their observations and recommendations.
Aviation Advisory Board Members assisted with the editing of all program-wide grading rubrics.
Actions Taken as a Result of This Assessment
When the above-described tools identify areas of needed improvement,
the Division Chair is ultimately responsible for ensuring appropriate
changes are implemented. Examples of actions that have been taken as a
result of the assessments include:
- Adjustments have been made to how we schedule flight blocks and academic classes as a result of student feedback.
- Numerous procedural changes have been made on the flight line as a result of safety reports.
- Improvements have been made by professors in terms of how they
deliver course content and evaluate student learning as a result of
course evaluations or feedback from peers or the Chair.
- Topics have been added to courses after students have identified
less-than-desired coverage in specific content areas (labor relations is
- Design and layout of our shared learning management course content
has been evaluated and changed as a result of student feedback.
Student Achievement Rates and Types of Employment of Graduates
The Aviation Division tracks student graduation rates and GPAs at graduation.
The most current graduation rates show that, of all students who
enroll in the beginning flight lab and intend to finish a Flight
Operations degree, do so at the following rates:
41% graduate with a Flight Operations degree, 12% change majors to
Aviation Management, 16% stay at Westminster but pursue a non-aviation
degree, and 32% leave the college entirely.
The average GPA at graduation for our most recent graduating class (December 2014, May 2015, and August 2015) was 3.34.
Since we started offering Flight Operations degrees in 2000, we have tracked our graduation rates.
On average, 41% of students who start out as Flight Operations majors
(meaning they want to follow the professional pilot career path),
graduate with a Flight Operations degree from Westminster College.
- 13% of those students decide to pursue an Aviation Management degree instead.
- 16% of those students decide to pursue a different degree option at Westminster College
- 32% withdraw from Westminster College due to a variety of
factors—most commonly, family or medical issues, a change in career
goals, the inability to afford college expenses, or as a result of the
inability to meet the college's academic requirements.
We have remained in contact with 76% of our graduates since 2008; and 88% are employed within their planned career field.
- 16% of these aviation alumni are actively serving and flying in the military
- 58% are employed with airlines or other aviation companies
- 14% are flight instructors
- 12% are employed with companies outside of their major field of study