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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


September 2018

Communication

Having completed revisions to priority accreditation web pages in July, we have conducted a follow-up audit involving evaluations from the Engineers Canada communications and accreditation teams, as well as external volunteers. Measured against the baseline we established in June using the same methodology, the revisions show marked improvements. Out of a maximum possible score of 90, the Accreditation Resources page, which is used regularly by volunteers and HEIs, jumped from 61 to 87.


September 2018

Continual Improvement

On September 15, 2018, the Accreditation Board (CEAB) hosted two workshops: “Toward a greater focus on Graduate Attribute/Continual Improvement process” and “The Definition and Interpretation of “Engineering Design” in the CEAB context.”


September 2018

Training

As the 2018/2019 visiting teams meet to prepare for their upcoming visits, the new and improved visiting team chair presentation is being used to support training. The CEAB Secretariat will circulate a short, three-question survey to all team members who use the new presentation in their preparatory meetings. The survey will serve as an evaluation tool to inform future improvements to the presentation as well as future training needs of visiting teams. Once finalized, the updated visiting teach chair presentation will be made available on the Accreditation Resources web site.


August 2018

Continual Improvement

On September 15, 2018 the Accreditation Board will participate in two workshops. The workshops are open to all current members of the Accreditation Board, past members of the Accreditation Board who will chair a 2018/2019 visit, and HEI representatives who have an interest in the topics.


August 2018

Training

Over the summer months, the AIP team has been analyzing the current state of accreditation volunteer management and working to identify key areas for improvement.

For more information

For more information contact Lynn Villeneuve, Manager, Accreditation at lynn.villeneuve@engineerscanada.ca