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Data management system

Selecting and implementing an improved data management system will ensure that the technical side of accreditation and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey run optimally. Stakeholders for each of these will benefit from reduced administrative workload and a system that can more effectively accommodate changes to accreditation criteria and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. This system will benefit multiple stakeholder groups: 

  • Higher education institutions (HEIs) and volunteers will enjoy an easier means to input data and perform other tasks
  • Engineers Canada will have a more robust, flexible, scalable, and sustainable capability to conduct the accreditation of engineering programs at HEIs
  • All stakeholders will benefit from reduced operational risk associated with existing systems, databases, and spreadsheets, as well as a reduction in duplicate data entry.

News on the data management system

March 2020

Preparation is well under way for the 2020 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey, and we are continuing to work with Engineering Deans Canada to incorporate improvements based on the feedback we received after the last survey cycle. Please note: if you have not yet sent us the contact information for people who will be entering data for the survey, this is your final call. Please email us the contact information at

February 2020

It is time to start planning for the 2020 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey (which captures data from 2019). Like last year, we will be using our new data management system, Tandem, to collect data from participating institutions. We heard from institutions that the timelines we used in 2019 were preferred over previous years and therefore, below you will find the preliminary milestones for the 2020 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded survey:

January 2020

In the coming weeks, deans will receive an email asking for contact information for all individual users who will be accessing Tandem to complete the 2020 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey (which collects 2019 data).  By providing this critical contact information, you will ensure that the right individuals at your institution receive all further information about the survey (i.e. updates, information, survey-opening date, etc.) in a timely manner.

October 2019

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.

September 2019

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.