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Accreditation Improvement Program updates


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?


January 2019

Continual Improvement

On December 6, 2018, Engineers Canada one again attended the Graduate Attribute Continual Improvement Process (GACIP) summit in Toronto. Overall the summit was a great opportunity for those directly involved with GA/CI processes in the HEIs to exchange information with each other and obtain the CEAB point of view and insights. CEAB vice-chair Bob Dony, as well as Mya Warken, Accreditation Program Specialist, and Lynn Villeneuve, Accreditation Manager, were pleased to present update information. 


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.

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