AABI Criterion 3.2.4 Compliance- updated December 2023
South Dakota State University
College of Education & Human Sciences
Bachelor of Science - Aviation
Aviation Education Specialization
Aviation Education Program Mission
The Aviation Education Program at South Dakota State University is committed to preparing safe, innovative, professional aviation educators who enhance human potential through transdisciplinary, learner-centered education in South Dakota and beyond. We assure this by forming multi-engine commercial pilots and instructors who are able to apply their educational experience to the aviation profession.
Aviation Education Outcomes (including AABI General and Core Outcomes)
These Aviation Program Outcomes are what we expect all graduates of the aviation program to be able to exhibit upon graduation. They are reported as part of the assessment process.
- Apply the general education experience to the aviation profession.
- Demonstrate instructional knowledge in single- and multi-engine aircraft to the FAA commercial pilot standard.
- Demonstrate instructional knowledge by creating and teaching relevant aviation topics to colleagues.
- Apply mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines,
- Analyze and interpret data.
- Work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams.
- Make professional and ethical decisions.
- Communicate effectively, using written communication skills.
- Communicate effectively, using oral communication skills.
- Engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning.
- Assess contemporary issues.
- Use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice.
- Assess the national and international aviation environment.
- Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems.
- Apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues.
- Describe the professional attributes, requirements or certifications, and planning applicable to aviation careers.
- Describe the principles of aircraft design, performance and operating characteristics; and the regulations related to the maintenance of aircraft and associated systems.
- Evaluate aviation safety and the impact of human factors on safety.
- Discuss the impact of international aviation law, including applicable International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) or other international standards and practices, and applicable national aviation law, regulations and labor issues on aviation operations.
- Explain the integration of airports, airspace, and air traffic control in managing the National Airspace System.
- Discuss the impact of meteorology and environmental issues on aviation operations.
Program assessment measures employed
The assessment process is ongoing and data is collected and analyzed continuously throughout the aviation program and used to better foster student learning. The program uses the following techniques to gather both direct and indirect feedback on student learning:
- individual and group projects
- scholarly papers
- flight evaluations
- senior seminar assignments requiring cumulative knowledge and skills acquired throughout educational experience
This data is the same that is reported to Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Students that were coded in the first time full time bachelor’s degree seeking federal cohorts that started in the Aviation Education program their first fall semester (as of census freeze) at SDSU. For definitions of terms please see the IPEDS website.
Fall Cohorts / 6-Year Graduation Rates
Aviation Education - First-time, Full-time Fall Bachelors Seeking Cohort
The table reports the number of full-time, first-time, Bachelor's degree-seeking undergraduates who entered the Fall of their first year in the Aviation Education program and completed the program within 6-years (or 150% of normal time to completion).
(Terms Graduated Between)
Initial Cohort Headcount
Graduated Within 6 years
(Fall 2013-Summer 2019)
(Fall 2014-Summer 2020)
(Fall 2015-Summer 2021)
(Fall 2016-Summer 2022)
Full time students enrolled in Aviation Education
- Fall 2023 semester: 195 students
- Fall 2022 semester: 174 students
- Fall 2021 semester: 147 students
- Fall 2020 semester: 154 students
- Fall 2019 semester: 139 students
- 2022-2023 (Summer, Fall, Spring): 29 B.S. in Aviation- Aviation Education degrees awarded
- 2021-2022 (Summer, Fall, Spring): 25 B.S. in Aviation- Aviation Education degrees awarded
- 2020-2021 (Summer, Fall, Spring): 9 B.S. in Aviation- Aviation Education degrees awarded
- 2019-2020 (Summer, Fall, Spring): 7 B.S. in Aviation- Aviation Education degrees awarded
- 2018-2019 (Summer, Fall, Spring): 13 B.S. in Aviation- Aviation Education degrees awarded
Rates and types of employment of graduates- 96% employment
Ninety six percent (96%) of graduates from 2021-2022 are employed in aviation positions. Employers include: SkyWest Airlines, Charter First, Optic Air, other universities (CFI), SDSU CFI and Endeavor Airlines.