Aviation Program Accreditation


Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) Accreditation

Westminster is among a select group of other colleges and universities from around the world who have attained AABI Accreditation. Program accreditation assures students that they are attending a high-quality, professional program that is well-respected in the industry and is continually reviewed by external auditors who are experts in their respective educational and professional fields.

What is the purpose of AABI Accreditation?

Accreditation assures students and prospective employers that an educational degree program has met stringent industry standards of quality. It ensures that graduates have received quality training and education and are capable of performing a broad range of professional responsibilities.

Accreditation has three fundamental purposes:

  1. To ensure the quality of the institution or programs
  2. To assist in the improvement of the institution or program
  3. To maintain relevance of education with the industry it serves

Source: AAB International

What is the AABI Accreditation Process?

Specialized program accreditation (in addition to the college-wide accreditation and the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business accreditation) is a rigorous, multi-year process. We began formal accreditation efforts by submitting an application for candidacy in Apr. 2010, followed by a 300-page self-study report, which was submitted in Apr. 2011. A campus visit by members of the accrediting team that took place in Oct. 2011. The accreditation team submitted a report of their findings to the AABI Executive Board, which reviewed the report and granted accreditation to Westminster's aviation programs in Feb. 2012.

Once approved for accreditation, institutions are continuously reviewed on a 5-year cycle that includes additional self-study reports, accreditation team visits, and reports submitted to the AABI Executive Board for review and an accreditation decision.

The accreditation process gives institutions the opportunity to completely review their program and demonstrate to outside evaluators how well the program meets the needs of students who want to work in the aviation industry, and the needs of aviation industry professionals who want to hire highly-qualified pilots and administrators.

AABI Section 3.4.2

The information on this page is provided in compliance with AABI Section 3.4.2

Institutions must broadly and accurately publish the objectives of each accredited program, admission requirements, program assessment measures employed and 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.

Student Achievement Data

    pdf AABI Compliance (189 KB)

    Objectives of Each Accredited Program

    Aviation Management Program

    Aviation Flight Operations Program

    Rates and Types of Employment of Graduates (Previous 5 Years)

    Rates reflected are as of Oct. 2019.

    Aviation Management Graduates

    • 55% are employed with airlines or other aviation companies
    • 20% are serving in the military
    • 10% are employed with companies or organizations outside of aviation
    • 5% unknown
    • 10% are attending graduate school

    Flight Operations Graduates

    • 85% are employed with airlines or other aviation companies
    • 7% are serving in the military
    • 3% are employed with companies or organizations outside of aviation
    • 4% unknown
    • 1% are attending graduate school