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Au Aviation Students Take Measures to Save Program

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By Dorothy Sherman

AUBURN, AL - Auburn aviation management is taking measures to save their program, they could possibly lose.

"We're losing professors and they're not being replenished.  So, at the end of this semester we're actually going zero tenure professors for our program.  And we've been told by the accreditation board that if it doesn't get fixed by early next year, then we're gonna have our accreditation pulled from the aviation program", said Aviation Management student at Auburn University, Michael Pheiffer.

Friday morning aviation management students gathered outside the Auburn University Board of Trustees agenda meeting to pass out flyers and hold signs, and raising awareness of the potential accreditation loss.
"I don't think they are quite aware of what's going on here, and I believe if they were aware of it, they would help", said Aviation Management student at Auburn University, Blake Schuette.

In a recent statement, Auburn University said no decision has been made regarding the long term viability of the program, and the aviation management program has declined over time to about 1/3 the size it was ten years ago.

"There is a huge short fall in managers, pilots, and mechanics in aviation.  And all those people will need managers and we educate aviation managers at auburn university", said Vice Chair of the Aviation Management advisory Board at Auburn University, Allen Thames.  Thames disagrees with the university's statement.
"Student enrollment has remained relatively stable. We are slightly down over the last couple of years, but that's primarily because there has been a pall over this program", said Thames.

The university also said, "We have some near-term issues to address due to the recent loss of two faculty - primarily, to ensure we have a sufficient number of qualified faculty in the classroom this fall.  Our immediate and top priority is to help the students currently in the program."

As for, the aviation students, they hope their continuing campaign will only grow a program that is in treat of being lost.

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