May 13, 2022

As you prepare for your upcoming accreditation visit, the CEAB wishes to inform you about two important factors that will influence your preparations.

Optional Addendum to the 2022/2023 Questionnaire

To better understand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on undergraduate engineering education programs in Canada, HEIs hosting visits in the 2022/2023 cycle may wish to respond to the following questions. These questions will give the visiting team and the CEAB itself a greater appreciation for how programs across Canada have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Which courses, if any, were delivered online, in class or in combination, and how were Accreditation Units (AUs) calculated?
  2. For courses that were held in-class, what measures were taken to ensure the safety of students and faculty?
  3. How were classes with either a lab component or field exercises handled?
  4. Were there any significant changes to the delivery of capstone design projects? If so, please describe.
  5. How were your plans for the final year of the program changed due to measures taken in response to the pandemic? What were you planning to do vs. what was implemented?
  6. What, if any, attrition do you expect?
  7. How have course and lab instructions been changed to address pandemic concerns, and what impact have these changes had on GA/CI processes?

Answers should only speak to the snapshot year used to collect data for your accreditation visit, be succinct, and not exceed five pages.

If you chose to complete the addendum, it should be submitted with your Questionnaire submission.  Your accreditation visit is not dependent on completing this addendum, but you are encouraged to do so if you feel the additional information will help visiting team members understand the context of your program during the snapshot year.

CEAB Accreditation Visit Modality for the 2022/2023 visit cycle

At their February 5-6 meeting, the CEAB discussed the format of the 2022/2023 visits given the current pandemic situation. It was decided that the CEAB is currently planning for all visits during the 2022/2023 visit cycle to be conducted in-person; however, visits may be required to transition to a virtual modality due to health directives.

All programs hosting visits in the 2022/2023 visit cycle are to make the following ‘onsite materials’ (per the 2022/2023 Questionnaire) available to the visiting team electronically four to six weeks prior to the visit date, the final date to be decided on by the visit chair in consultation with the HEI:

  • A. Course Materials (including A1 and A2)
  • B. Graduate Attribute and Continual Improvement onsite documentation
  • D. Safety Manuals and Procedures

Should current local health directives preclude you from hosting your accreditation visit in person, or should they change in the lead-up to your visit, please inform your visiting team chair and accreditation coordinator as soon as possible so that contingency plans can be made.

The CEAB remains committed to ensuring the highest quality of engineering education is delivered via accredited programs and to prioritizing open and ongoing communication with all stakeholders. HEIs, regulators, and the public are invited to monitor Engineers Canada’s website for further information on Engineers Canada’s and the CEAB’s response to the situation resulting from the pandemic. Anyone with questions, concerns, or suggestions about any aspect of accreditation is encouraged to reach out to Mya Warken, Manager, Accreditation and CEAB Secretary (mya.warken@engineerscanada.ca) at any time.