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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


July 2020

Data Management System

This year’s Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey data entry period has closed, and we want to offer a big thank you to everyone who participated. The data will now be aggregated and analyzed by Engineers Canada and subsequently be used to create the 2019 Canadian Engineering for Tomorrow report.


July 2020

Continual Improvement

In May, on the CEAB’s recommendation, the Engineers Canada Board approved a motion to change Criterion 3.4.6 to reduce the minimum required accreditation units (AUs) in a program from 1,950 to 1,850. The CEAB had also approved a motion to change Appendix 7, Interpretive statement on Accreditation Unit Categories, to account for the 100 AU reduction.


June 2020

Communication

At their June 6 and 7, 2020 meeting, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) approved the Accountability in Accreditation Evaluation Strategy for implementation starting this month. Through this strategy, the CEAB will assess the effectiveness, trustworthiness, transparency, and efficiency of the accreditation process.  In 2019, you may have responded to a survey or participated in an interview seeking your perspectives on how to assess the accreditation system.


June 2020

Communication

The Accreditation Board (CEAB) met virtually on June 6 and 7, 2020 to make accreditation decisions for 51 programs at 13 institutions. At the meeting, the CEAB also received presentations from the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) and Engineering Deans Canada (EDC), as well as an update from the Policies and Procedures Committee. Subsequent to the meeting, the CEAB also approved the Accountability in Accreditation Evaluation Strategy for implementation starting in June. The next meeting of the Accreditation Board will be held on September 19 and 20, 2020.


June 2020

Data Management System

All institutions have now received access to the 2020 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey in Tandem. Data entry is open until July 14, 2020. If you need assistance in completing the survey, our team is ready to help. Please email us at accreditation@engineerscanada.ca.

For more information

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