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Continual improvement

Refining the process for continual improvement will ensure that the accreditation system stays responsive to the evolving needs of Canada’s engineering profession. This work will systematize tools currently in use and create a baseline for the measure of future improvements to accreditation and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. Stakeholders will benefit from:

  • A more accessible, transparent, and reliable feedback process
  • More proactive processes for identifying, prioritizing, and responding to feedback
  • Improved communication when changes occur

News on continual improvement

January 2019

The volunteer experience survey we distributed following our autumn visit cycle has now closed. We are pleased to report a 35 per cent response rate. We have begun analyzing the responses.  These findings will help inform the next steps in refining our volunteer support process. For those respondents who completed the survey and provided an email, we will be sending out details of our analysis when it is complete.  

January 2019

Is there any sign regulators like PEO and Engineers & Geoscientists BC are becoming more receptive to outcome-based process review? We understand the question to be asking if the regulators are becoming more comfortable with outcomes only-based accreditation.  Emphasis on the minimum path is still going to remain an important part of the accreditation criteria. The regulators seem to be becoming more comfortable with criteria 3.1 and 3.2. When will the Exhibit 1 Update and Excel Workbook from the 2019 visit be ready?

January 2019

On December 6, 2018, Engineers Canada one again attended the Graduate Attribute Continual Improvement Process (GACIP) summit in Toronto. Overall the summit was a great opportunity for those directly involved with GA/CI processes in the HEIs to exchange information with each other and obtain the CEAB point of view and insights. CEAB vice-chair Bob Dony, as well as Mya Warken, Accreditation Program Specialist, and Lynn Villeneuve, Accreditation Manager, were pleased to present update information. 

November 2018

In November, the 2018 accreditation visit cycle got into full swing, with numerous team visits to HEIs across Canada. Now that the visits are complete, accreditation teams will finalize their reports of the on-site visits.  Once those reports are complete, they will go through a thorough review by Accreditation Board executive members to ensure that findings are consistent with the criteria, contain logical evidence-conclusion relationships and are based on evidence.  The review will also seek to ensure that all criteria have been properly evaluated.  Once those reviews are complete the secretariat will send the reports to the deans, many of which will begin receiving the reports in the new year. As always, deans will have the opportunity to respond to reports and correct any errors in fact.

September 2018

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.”

For more information

For more information contact Lynn Villeneuve, Manager, Accreditation at