This summer we sent out a feedback survey to gauge the experience users had using Tandem to complete the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. The survey went to the more than 60 people at 42 HEIs who used Tandem this year, with 33 responding. In general, responses to the system were positive. We also gained valuable feedback on what we can do to improve things going forward.
Our annual resource reports are on target for delivery to HEIs in the fall. These reports comprise one of the major outputs from the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey, providing institutions with a useful overview of programs in their region and nationally, which helps them with planning and resource allocation.
At our System Advisory Committee meeting in August, members confirmed that the calculations we’ve designed for the Tandem system back-end will meet the accreditation criteria for quantifying curriculum content. Our review with the committee also resulted in a requirement clarification, new ideas for the system help sections, and a confirmation that all the calculation options were reflective of the applicable accreditation criteria. All in all, this marks another significant step in the process of moving accreditation data entry to the Tandem system.
This month we continued our discovery conversations with Armature, which are focused on exploring the best configuration of the Tandem system so it will meet our accreditation needs. Areas of functionality currently being examined are the request for accreditation, accreditation questionnaire, and the visit team set/up selection process.
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.