The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) distance education initiatives in program management
The United States Department of Defense's Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) was mandated by law to maximize the professional development and mission capabilities of DOD's acquisition work force. In response to the tremendous demand for the AFIT's middle-level program management course, it was redesigned and expanded into a DOD course, and the AFIT developed four Distance Education Initiatives to help alleviate the student backlog. The test-out option allows advanced students to pass a qualifications test. The Satellite test program uses an analog satellite link-up to transmit audio and video to remote locations with a trained facilitator on-site. The remote adjunct faculty coordinates and pools resources, and includes acquisition professionals and other experts. Eventually it is envisioned that the fourth initiative, the transportable course, will replace the Satellite and Remote Adjunct Faculty classes.