“The accreditation means we are among a relatively few collegiate aviation programs in the world that have been evaluated according to very stringent criteria and found to be worthy of the AABI seal of approval,” said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head. “Receiving this accreditation means that our students are receiving the highest quality flight education possible.”
“Being AABI accredited reinforces the fact that we have a top five aviation program,” said Dennis Kuhlman, CEO and dean of K-State Salina. “Because we are continually working to exceed accreditation standards, our program is continually one of the best in the country.”
The Aviation Accreditation Board International is the only professional, specialized accrediting organization approved by the Council on Higher Education to accredit aviation professional programs at universities in the United States and around the world. Only 26 of the more than 100 universities and colleges with aviation programs in the nation have earned the board’s accreditation, according to university officials.
Located on the Salina campus adjacent to a 12,000-foot runway, K-State’s aviation program has a fleet of more than 40 aircraft and more Master Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or university in the country, officials said. K-State Salina offers bachelor’s degrees in aircraft maintenance, avionics, air traffic control, airport management, professional pilot, and unmanned aircraft systems.