Academies substitute a “program” with only 180 days of supposed “seatime”, instead of the normally required 1080 days of seatime, for 3rd mate and 3ae.
No reason why the academies could not also get a “program” approved for Tankerman - PIC with reduced seatime, maybe 30 days instead of 90 days, because it part of an academy “program.” No reason why the academies could not build and operate small harbor tankers to provide seatime and loads and discharges.
If an academy can offer 3rd mate and 3rd ae, and degrees in business, marine biology, emergency management, power engineering, etc., it certainly ought to be able to offer a Tankerman-PIC program too.
As for DP, the practical limit of a program would probably be DP Induction, 30 days of DP seatime, and DP advanced. A significant advantage entering the job market.
If my tax dollars are going to be spent on academies, I expect them to produce the best practical product with versatile skills that serve the needs of the maritime job market. I don’t want the academies wasting my tax dollars training minimally qualified 3rd mates, so they can sail AB, or be landscapers or bartenders.
Academies compete for the best students. The best way to attract the best students is to offer the most value. Academies have an obligation to prepare their graduates for success. If an academy attracts the best students, and provides them with the best preparation, it will be the best academy.
Every academy wants to be the best, but the complacent fools that run the academies have no idea of how to accomplish that.