University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Commercial aviation, ATC programs re-accredited

The commercial aviation and air traffic control divisions, both part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, have been reaffirmed for accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

UND’s commercial aviation program and the air traffic control program were first accredited in 1992. At the time, UND was one of only four pioneering schools who applied for accreditation, according to Kent Lovelace, professor and chair of Aviation. UND has maintained its high quality and standards and has been reaffirmed every five years since.

The Air Traffic Control program, established in 1991, is one of 33 members of the Federal Aviation Administration - Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative and one of 13 original schools to be accredited.

The program was at first accredited under Aviation Sciences, but for the first time, is now accredited under Air Traffic Control due to increased standards by ABBI. Paul Drechsel, associate professor of Aviation, said ABBI has become more stringent with accreditation guidelines.

The John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences is a world-renowned center for aerospace learning and nationally acclaimed for achievements in collegiate aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies, and computer science applications. UND Aerospace has more than 500 faculty and staff members, about 1,500 students from around the world and the world’s largest nonmilitary fleet of aircraft.

For more information, read a brief history of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.