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Accreditation Improvement Program

The Accreditation Improvement Program (AIP) is a coordinated effort to improve the delivery of accreditation for engineering programs and of the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey.

The education of world-class engineers requires a world-class accreditation system. To have that, you need systematic training for the people involved, strong lines of communication among stakeholders, a strategy for continual improvement, and a sound technical platform. Achieving these results will allow both institutions and accreditation visitors to put their focus where it should be: on maintaining reputable programs that meet the highest standards.

Accreditation is a demanding task for all involved. Higher education institutions (HEIs) having their programs accredited want information that’s transparent, readily available, and easy to find. Data they enter should be useable for either accreditation or the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey as needed. Likewise, for accreditation visitors, Accreditation Board members, and Engineers Canada staff, accreditation should be a barrier-free process in terms of training and the technical platform. Accrediting a program will always take time, but the AIP will make changes that will increase the value of how that time is spent.

The four program elements

Improving the management of the existing accreditation system and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey requires us to move on four interrelated fronts:

  • Improving our stakeholder communication and consultation process will ensure that the accreditation system is transparent and open to the input of those to whom it matters most.
  • Developing a training program will improve consistency across accreditation visits by providing volunteers and educators the information they need in a timely and repeatable way.
  • Selecting and implementing an improved data management system will ensure that the technical side of accreditation optimizes everyone’s use of time throughout the accreditation cycle. The system will also reduce duplication between entries for accreditation reporting and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded survey.
  • Introducing a process for continual improvement will ensure that the accreditation system stays responsive to the evolving needs of Canada’s engineering profession.

What we envision

The Accreditation Improvement Program is a multi-year undertaking that will roll out as programs come up for accreditation. We envision a system where programs seeking accreditation benefit from streamlined data entry. People will be able to reuse the information they enter for accreditation reporting and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. They will be provided with straightforward training. There will be inclusive, transparent processes for communication and continual improvement. In this same system, accreditation visitors and Accreditation Board members are empowered to focus their efforts on providing meaningful, rigorous evaluation because they are equipped with a clear picture of how the accreditation process works and have reliable technical tools to support their work. Ultimately, we see a collaborative system that continually improves the rigour and reputation of Canadian engineering education programs and the engineering profession at large.

Program objectives

The Accreditation Improvement Program is intended to deliver:

  • Improved performance of the Accreditation Management Process.
  • Improved performance of the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey Process.
  • Improved stakeholder consultation process associated with Accreditation Management and Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey.
  • Improved user experience(s) associated with accreditation management and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. This includes both operationally and for those stakeholders directly involved in these processes.
  • Improved technical reliability of accreditation and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey.
  • Faster adoption by users when there are changes to the Accreditation Management and Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey Processes.
  • Sustainable methods to ensure operational continual improvement.

Latest AIP news


August 2019

Engineers Canada currently has a permanent, full-time opening for an experienced Manager, Accreditation who directs the operations of the Accreditation Board and manages a team of five.  The Manager will establish and maintain effective working relationships with Accreditation Board members and other stakeholders and will act as a resource for matters related to accreditation and substantial equivalency.  In addition, the Manager will oversee research and facilitates and the development and updating of accreditation policies and procedures.


August 2019

General

A big thank you is in order for those who completed the 2019 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey, and for providing their feedback while using Tandem. The Engineers Canada team is now analyzing the results and creating the 2018 Resources Survey reports. We’ve also begun work on the Canadian Engineers for Tomorrow report.


August 2019

Data Management System

On Tuesday, August 20, Engineers Canada facilitated a session between the AIP Data Management System Advisory Committee and Armature (our data management system vendor). The purpose of the session was to confirm that Armature’s description of Engineers Canada’s accreditation calculation requirements was reflective of the accreditation criteria and accurately quantifies curriculum content for engineering programs. This is an important early step in preparing Tandem to be used for the accreditation process.


July 2019

General

In August, we will bid a fond farewell to Lynn Villeneuve, Accreditation Manager. After more than twenty years at Engineers Canada, Lynn has taken an exciting new position as Deputy Director, National Committee on Accreditation at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Lynn has done a tremendous amount to champion the AIP, and her openness to process improvements has been instrumental in the program’s success. Following Lynn’s departure, the program’s deployment will continue under the supervision of Stephanie Price, Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs.


July 2019

Communication

Individuals involved with accredited engineering education programs can anticipate an upcoming check-in survey on the current perception and progress of the Accreditation Improvement Program. This will be similar to the survey AIP stakeholders received in December 2018 and will provide us with an understanding of overall program effectiveness and user satisfaction.

For more information

For more information contact Mya Warken, Accreditation Program Specialist at mya.warken@engineerscanada.ca