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Accreditation Improvement Program updates


September 2019

Communication

The CEAB met in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on September 14, 2019. The agenda included the election of a new vice-chair, whose term begins July 1, 2020. Members also discussed upcoming visiting team chair assignments and approved visiting team documentation and tools for the 2019-2020 visit cycle. Finally, the group watched presentations from stakeholder groups, including the NCDEAS, the CFES, the CEQB. Also included was a special presentation on diversity and inclusion.


September 2019

Data Management System

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.


September 2019

Communication

We’re now analyzing the follow-up survey that we sent to those who completed the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey using Tandem. Thank you again to those who responded—the information we collect from such feedback surveys directly feeds into improvements to the system and enables us to better serve users’ needs.


September 2019

Data Management System

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.


September 2019

Data Management 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.


August 2019

Engineers Canada currently has a permanent, full-time opening for an experienced Manager, Accreditation who directs the operations of the Accreditation Board and manages a team of five.  The Manager will establish and maintain effective working relationships with Accreditation Board members and other stakeholders and will act as a resource for matters related to accreditation and substantial equivalency.  In addition, the Manager will oversee research and facilitates and the development and updating of accreditation policies and procedures.


August 2019

General

A big thank you is in order for those who completed the 2019 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey, and for providing their feedback while using Tandem. The Engineers Canada team is now analyzing the results and creating the 2018 Resources Survey reports. We’ve also begun work on the Canadian Engineers for Tomorrow report.


August 2019

Data Management System

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.


July 2019

General

In August, we will bid a fond farewell to Lynn Villeneuve, Accreditation Manager. After more than twenty years at Engineers Canada, Lynn has taken an exciting new position as Deputy Director, National Committee on Accreditation at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Lynn has done a tremendous amount to champion the AIP, and her openness to process improvements has been instrumental in the program’s success. Following Lynn’s departure, the program’s deployment will continue under the supervision of Stephanie Price, Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs.


July 2019

Communication

Individuals involved with accredited engineering education programs can anticipate an upcoming check-in survey on the current perception and progress of the Accreditation Improvement Program. This will be similar to the survey AIP stakeholders received in December 2018 and will provide us with an understanding of overall program effectiveness and user satisfaction.

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