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Aviation Flight Program Mission Statement:

SIUC's Aviation Flight Program provides comprehensive flight education to prepare professional pilots to meet the current and future demands of the aviation industry.

The SIU Aviation Flight program has two goals:

  1. To produce graduates who are prepared to acquire entry-level pilot positions within the aviation industry.
  2. To provide graduates the opportunity to pursue the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

Outcomes:

The SIUC Aviation Flight program will produce graduates who will

  1. Be able to apply relevant aeronautical knowledge and skills in planning and conducting safe flights as an instrument-rated Commercial pilot.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly.
  3. Exercise effective aeronautical decision making while planning and conducting single pilot flight operations.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage in team-based work activities involving multi-disciplinary and diverse groups.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of contemporary aviation issues to professional practice.
  6. Recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning.
  7. Possess either the Multi-Engine rating or the Flight Instructor Certificate.

Data on AY2014, AY2015, and AY2016 graduates of the Aviation Flight program show that of 79 graduates, 53 (67%) went on to flying positions shortly after graduation while an additional 9 (11%) were employed in the aviation industry in non-flying positions. Four (5%) were pursuing further education or employed outside of the aviation field. Data on the remaining 13 (16%) were unavailable.

Aviation Flight Program Graduates’ Next Steps

Data presented here are obtained from the Banner system and updates from formal and informal graduate surveys. This table will be periodically revised as new information is received.

 

 

Year

 

 

Enrollment1

 

 

 

Graduates

 AF Graduates’ Next Steps 

Continue with BA/BS degree

Full-time employment

Pursue MA/MS

Both2

Other3

2015-2016

198

31

1

24

0

0

6

2014-2015

200

35

0

27

2

0

4

2013-20144

192

13

0

10

0

0

3

2012-2013

190

24

5

14

0

2

3

2011-2012

187

16

7

7

1

0

1

1Enrollment figures are based on Fall Semester 10-day count.

2Represents AF graduates who completed Associate and Bachelor degrees concurrently, and went to work full-time while pursuing a Master’s degree.

3Represents AF graduates who graduated with the AF Associate degree and a Bachelor degree concurrently, but whose work status following graduation is unconfirmed at this time.

4Program Assessment cycle changed. Numbers reflect Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 graduates only.

 
Update 1/4/2017