Air Traffic Control Specialists in the Airway Science Curriculum Demonstration Project 1984-1990
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
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The objective of this summative evaluation of the Airway Science Curriculum Demonstration Project ASCDP was to compare the performance, job attitudes, retention rates, and perceived supervisory potential of graduates from recognized Airway Science programs with those of individuals recruited through traditional means in the Air Traffic Control Specialist ATCS occupation. Previous evaluations conducted by the Higher Education and Advanced Technology Staff 1990 and the University Aviation Association 1990 described institutional and organizational benefits that accrued to the agency, participating institutions, and industry from the Airway Science program. In this technical evaluation, differences between Airway Science hires N312 and random, stratified sample N312 of traditional ATCS hires on eight program objectives were evaluated 1 interest in an aviation-related career 2 attrition 3 technical competence 4 attitudes toward technological change 5 managerial potential 6 human relations skills 7 female and minority representation and 8 perceptions of the FAA. One one hand, controllers hired from the Airway Science register expressed significantly more interest in an aviation-related career Objective 1 than controllers hired by traditional means. On the other hand, there were no significant differences between traditional hires and Airway Science hires on the remaining criteria. Overall, the performance of Airway Science hires was about the same as that of traditionally hired controllers. These results are consistent with other evaluations Broach, 1990 Clough, 1988 conducted within the narrow framework defined by the Federal Register announcement of the demonstration project.
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