Accreditation of Collegiate Aviation’s Distance Education Programs: Now and in the Future
AbstractThe purpose of this research endeavor is to benchmark and evaluate the accreditation status of aviation distance education programs in the United States. This study examines both the expanding role of distance education as a delivery method for aviation courses as well as the need for establishing standards. The research methods provide data collection through content analysis, literature review, and a survey tool mailed to aviation professionals nationwide. The findings reveal that, in general, most disciplines are either just beginning to approach the subject of distance education accreditation of programs or do not deal with the issue at all. The results of the research reveal a positive interest in distance education and the accreditation process. Further research is recommended to ensure that the accreditation standards and program guidelines fit the needs of distance education and its students.