The mission of the Jacksonville University Davis Aviation Center is to produce professional aviators and aviation managers possessing the leadership and professional skills necessary to sustain safety and profitability in global aviation. The Davis Aviation Center achieves this mission with a world-class curriculum that sufficiently equips students to thrive professionally and financially as global aviation evolves.
Our vision is to be the world leader in innovative collegiate aviation programs producing graduates who increase the safety and profitability of global aviation.
- Professional Competency: Graduates will possess the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to make an immediate positive impact for their employer as well as act with the highest standards of professionalism evidenced by their ethical character and integrity.
- Regulatory Compliance: Graduates will be able to assess the role and impact of regulatory compliance in the conduct of global aviation commerce.
- Triple Bottom Line: Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge that sustained profitability in global aviation commerce results from the involvement of innovative and engaged people who develop optimal use of resources.
- Critical Thinking: Graduates will demonstrate the planning, decision making, workload management, and communication skills necessary to engage in effective critical thinking.
The process by which the university publishes standards for the selection and admission of students which are related to the educational mission and purposes of the institution is set forth by the Admissions office and listed in the current Catalog.
Admission to Jacksonville University is competitive. JU seeks students from a variety of backgrounds with strong academic preparation who can contribute to and benefit from the University's many academic and co-curricular programs.
Our Program Assessment Plan encompasses not only the assessment of program educational goals and student learning outcomes but also goals related to all functional areas of the program including: students, curriculum, faculty and staff, facilities and resources, institutional support, safety, and relations with industry.
Examples of Recent Outcomes and Actions Taken
- Outcome: Decline in total enrollment from 212 students in the Fall 2006 down to 122 students in the Fall 2010
Action: Hired a full-time associate director in 2010 to assist the program in our recruiting and retention efforts. As a result, new enrollment almost doubled in the Fall 2011 compared to that in the previous year.
- Outcome: The JU Flight Team won the 2008 Loening Trophy given to the team representing the top collegiate aviation program in the USA at National NIFA SAFECON
Action: Secured funding from a donor for the purchase of an airplane for the JU Flight Team
- Outcome: The JU Woman Air Race Team Placed 1st in the nation in the 2011 Air Race Classic
Action: Added a second woman Air Race Team to compete in the 2012 Air Race Classic
- Outcome: Lack of direct hiring agreements with the airlines
Action: Signed an agreement with ExpressJet and Delta Air Lines, establishing the "Airline Pilot Pathway Program", a one-of-a-kind program that will allow successful JU graduates to progress through a direct path from college all the way to a final career destination aat a major airline