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K-State Today

March 17, 2017



K-State Polytechnic program and alumni featured in Airport Cooperative Research Program

By Heather Wagoner

Tara Harl, associate professor in K-State Polytechnic's College of Technology and Aviation, is leading a groundbreaking Airport Management program that encompasses real-world experiences by using cutting-edge reports or bringing industry professionals into labs.

The program integrates research reports and webinars from the Airport Cooperative Research Program, or ACRP.

Harl's curriculum, noted in a recent article by the Airport Cooperative Research Program, describes how ACRP research has helped students in the airport management program grow both academically and professionally.

"Our instructors do not rely on traditional textbooks; they rely on ACRP research reports to serve the role of the textbook," Harl said in the publication.

Interviews with Elizabeth Nelson and Michael Parker, 2015 graduates of the program, highlight how K-State Polytechnic's integration within the curriculum of ACRP has contributed to their own personal and professional success.