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Accreditation Improvement Program updates


November 2018

Data Management System

How long have you been working on accreditation software? We started in 2000 as a custom software developer and actually came to accreditation by accident. We’d worked with local accreditors as clients in Washington DC, and we started to realize that we could address a lot of their overlapping needs with a single set of tools. Eventually we sold the customization aspect of our business and began to focus on our accreditation management products and enterprise quality management software, which is similar in many ways.


November 2018

Continual Improvement

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.


November 2018

Communication

On December 6, 2018, the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering will hold its annual Graduate Attribute Continual Improvement Process Summit. Registrants have the option to attend either online or in person. The summit provides an excellent opportunity for those who work most closely on accreditation matters to meet and discuss issues surrounding accreditation.


November 2018

Data Management System

In November, ARMATURE, visited Engineers Canada to initiate the work we will be embarking on in the coming months. Dave McTaggart, ARMATURE CEO, also took some time to share his thoughts on the company’s past work and its partnership with Engineers Canada.


November 2018

Data Management System

In November, AIP staff began exploring the new data management system through a series of workshops. These provided valuable knowledge about the system’s features and insight into the potential impacts of using it. The hands-on use of the system marked an exciting moment in the AIP timeline, and a significant first step towards the extensive configuration and testing to come in the following months.


October 2018

Training

Over the summer, Accreditation Improvement Program staff revised the template that visiting team chairs used to conduct accreditation preparation and visits. The revised presentation has now been rolled for the 2018/2019 visit season, and initial feedback from users is positive. In general, visiting teams report they are now able to prepare more effectively prior to visits, making better use of screen sharing and digital tools for pre-visit meetings than in the past. They also report that they have been better able to discover gaps in documentation and formulate questions for HEI representatives in advance of arriving on site.


October 2018

Communication

Engineering deans and engineering education stakeholders gathered at the University of Calgary campus on October 18 to 20 to discuss ways they can improve collaboration. After some thought-provoking inaugural remarks by the chair and vice-chair, participants heard updates and reports from six groups, including Engineers Canada and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.


October 2018

Data Management System

Engineers Canada is pleased to announce its partnership with ARMATURE in the delivery of a new data management system to support engineering education program accreditation and the annual Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. Our sincerest thanks goes to the System Advisory Committee and other stakeholders for their input and feedback throughout the requirements and selection process. We are looking forward to next steps, and will keep you informed as we progress. 


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.”

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