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Accreditation Improvement Program updates


March 2019

Continual Improvement

After addressing a first round of suggestions for improvements provided to us by higher education institutions, this month we’ve begun moving the continual improvement process developed through AIP into our regular accreditation operations. The CEAB Secretariat records all feedback sent to Engineers Canada through accreditation stakeholders, and issues are subsequently prioritized for follow-up.


March 2019

Training

This month we sent out registration information for training on using Tandem for the 2019 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey cycle. These webinar sessions aim to provide users with the knowledge they need to use Tandem’s data collection tools and to enter their institution’s data. Once the training sessions have concluded, Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey data collection will begin on May 13, 2019. Throughout the data collection cycle, we will hold virtual drop-in sessions where users can ask questions they may have about the survey or about Tandem itself.


February 2019

Continual Improvement

As part of the AIP, we have identified accreditation improvements suggested by stakeholders that can be easily implemented with a sizable benefit. Based on this analysis, several such improvements have either been completed or are currently underway.


February 2019

Data Management System

We are working towards the launch of the 2019 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey using our new data management system.


February 2019

Communication

Building on the success of last year, on February 3, 2019 we once again hosted an accreditation meet-and-greet in Ottawa alongside the CEAB winter meeting.


February 2019

Data Management System

After consultations with HEIs and accreditation stakeholders, we’re pleased to announce that our new data management system will be called Tandem. With the name, we’ve also enlisted the creative services of a graphic designer to develop the system’s visual identity.


January 2019

Training, Continual Improvement

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

Data Management System, Training

We continue preparations to roll out the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey under the new data management system. This includes initial development of a training program, and beginning our acceptance testing to ensure the system meets our requirements.


January 2019

Data Management System

On January 15, 2019, the Accreditation Improvement Program (AIP) team hosted the AIP Data Management System Advisory Committee to provide a demonstration of the key features in the new Data Management System and to get their input on improvements and changes. The focus was on the 2019 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded survey and report, which will be the first use of the data management system. Training on the new system is anticipated to begin in Q2 2019.


January 2019

Continual Improvement

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?

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