Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research






With colleges and universities continuing to face challenges around student retention and degree completion, collegiate aviation program are attempting to find ways to improve the success rate of students enrolled in their programs. This is more important than ever as the demand for pilots in the commercial aviation industry continues to grow (Boeing, 2022). Research has shown that there is a connection between effort and success in higher education. Astin (1993) identified and measured student effort by the amount of time spent on tasks studying. He indicated a positive correlation with almost every academic outcome he tested, including grades, persistence, and cognitive and social growth. This study utilizes Astin’s IEO model to look at the impact of intensity on student success in collegiate flight programs. While research on this area exists for higher education in general, there is little research that includes the unique aspects that are part of these aviation specific programs.



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