Date of Award
Engineering and Technology Education
Students considering a college education have many different priorities in mind. When considering a career in aviation after graduation, it brings a whole new set of priorities into the picture. When I was searching for a university degree in aviation I had two major concerns: location and quality of the flight school. Cost was also on my list of concerns but more as a restriction than an option. In other words, I was willing to pay more for the schooling provided it did not get so excessive that I could no longer afford to go. Utah State was among three different Utah schools I considered in my search. I thought of going to Utah Valley State College (UVSC) and Westminster College as well as USU. Westminster quickly dropped out of the race when I saw what the cost of tuition would be in addition to flight fees. My choice was down to UVSC and USU. UVSC had the better quality airplanes and technology but I chose USU because of cost and reputation. A few years ago UVSC lost its part 141 status which does not speak well for its program.
McConnell, D. Jason, "A Nationwide Comparison of Aviation Programs" (2007). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 687.
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Richard A. Charles
Departmental Honors Advisor
Wynn R. Walker