The Accountability in Accreditation Evaluation Strategy is a framework through which the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) can assess and inform the effectiveness, trustworthiness, transparency, and efficiency of the accreditation process. The development of the evaluation strategy included the creation of specific outcomes of the accreditation system, measures of those outcomes, data collection plans, timelines, analysis plans, and reporting plans.
The evaluation strategy development process consisted of six iterative discussions by the full Accountability in Accreditation Committee. These discussions were aided by example strategies provided by Higher Education and Beyond consultants and further supplemented by stakeholder engagement through surveys, interviews, and a presentation to the CEAB. Additionally, a steering group comprised of the committee chair, Manager, Accreditation, and Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Engineers Canada supported these iterations.
The seven key outcomes identified as defining of a well-functioning accreditation system are:
- The accreditation system identifies to engineering regulators the programs that prepare academically qualified individuals.
- The accreditation system confirms academic qualifications for licensure across Canada.
- The accreditation system promotes high quality and ensures a minimum program standard across Canada.
- The accreditation system facilitates graduates’ international mobility.
- The accreditation system is transparent.
- The accreditation system is trusted.
- The accreditation system is efficient.
Each of these outcomes has two to six associated indicators, which are specific elements that contribute to the outcome. Each indicator has one or more associated measures, each representing either a question on a data collection form for key stakeholders or a documentation status.