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Group Accredits FAA Academy

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Group Accredits FAA Academy

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By Bill May The FAA Academy at Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center at Will Rogers World Airport has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, it was announced Tuesday.

Accreditation means that the academy, which trains employees of the Federal Aviation Administration, meets high standards and could lead to the academy awarding degrees, according to the superintendent, Dr. Robert S. Bartanowicz.

"This is pretty important to us," he said. "This is the government's first non-military training institution which has received accreditation of this sort.

"It puts us in the same category with some of the more prestigious universities and colleges in the country.

"Naturally, we're delighted with it. It means that we have gone to an independent agency, we've been examined and found to pass their high standards.

"We're already recognized by the American Council of Education, which recommends that our courses be awarded college credit. Our plan is to one day, in five or six years at least, to maybe work for some type of degree-awarding program. Right now our graduates do receive diplomas and credit within the Civil Service, and some colleges do give cedit for our work."

Students and faculty both will become more motivated with the accreditation because it sets higher standards all must meet to keep it, Bartanowicz said.

"Continued accreditation requires an effort by the FAA Academy people and helps insure quality training," he said. "Our NCA (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) tells the public that our school is meeting standards which good colleges, universities and schools consider imperative for effective training to take place. …

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