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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


November 2019

Communication

In keeping with the direction of the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, earlier this year the CEAB struck an Accountability Committee to work towards the creation of a documented, annual performance measurement process of the accreditation system. Just as the CEAB accreditation process serves to ensure that Canadian engineering degree programs review and continually improve their ability to academically prepare graduates, a structured evaluation framework will help ensure that the CEAB continually improves the accreditation system itself.


November 2019

Communication

We’re pleased to announce that Mya Warken has been named as our new Manager, Accreditation and CEAB Secretary. Mya was previously the Accreditation Program Specialist, a position that she held since joining Engineers Canada in 2017. Mya can be reached by email at mya.warken@engineerscanada.ca or by telephone at 1-877-408-9273 ext. 206.


November 2019

Communication

In November we contacted deans indicating that there had been an error in this year’s Resource Report calculations. To correct this, we are updating the 2018 Resources Reports and HEIs will receive a new copy before the end of the year. The Canadian Engineering for Tomorrow Report also relies on these numbers and its publication may be delayed until Jan 2020.


November 2019

Communication

Engineers Canada is hosting a bi-annual CEAB update webinar on Thursday, November 28, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern. The webinar will be facilitated by Bob Dony, FEC, P.Eng., Vice-Chair of the CEAB. The objective of this webinar is to provide all interested individuals with an update on recent and upcoming CEAB activities. The material covered in the presentation will be identical to the content covered by CEAB representatives during the NCDEAS meeting on November 8th.


November 2019

Communication

On November 6-8, 2019 we participated in the fall meeting of the the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS). End-user feedback on the 2019 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey was summarized at a high level and a plan forward on how to respond to the feedback for the next survey cycle was discussed. An update on recent accreditation matters was also provided to the group.

For more information

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