The future of Auburn's aviation program is no longer up in the air. The program is safe after the university's recommendation to eliminate the program has been grounded.
The Auburn aviation program has two tracks, the flight management degree program and the aviation management program. In May, the university announced a recommendation to eliminate the professional flight management degree program to focus more on aviation management.
After the recommendation, students and alumni launched a campaign to try and sway the university's decision. Now, the flight management degree program is safe and both aviation tracks have the university's full support, according to an announcement by Provost Timothy Boosinger.
"During the past few months, we conducted an evaluation process that examined several options," Boosinger says in the letter. "The decision to keep both degree programs allows us to develop exciting future plans for Auburn aviation. We appreciate your enthusiastic support of these programs and we count on your continued support in the future."
Michael Pfeiffer graduated in May from Auburn with a degree from the aviation program. As he looks back at his four years with the aviation program, he can't imagine what his college experience would be like without it.
"It was the entire reason I came here," says Pfeiffer. "I've spent countless hours out here at the airport and it means a lot to me that it's going to stick around and other college students will be able to have the same experience that I had."
Pfeiffer will become a flight instructor for the aviation program next month and he'll have the opportunity to help in the program's continuation.
"Now we want to show people we're growing and improving and we want people to come out here and learn to fly," says Pfeiffer.
Auburn has the only four-year aviation program in the state of Alabama.
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