Preparing for our visit
Our preparations for the visit continue, with the same intensity but in a slightly different format. The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) granted one-time, one-year accreditation cycle extensions to all programs. Our deferred visit is now scheduled for fall 2021 (from October 31 to November 2, 2021). It will be the first virtual visit for the college.
To prepare for the visit, data was collected for every core and elective course in our eight engineering undergraduate programs during the snapshot year (2019-2020). Faculty across campus who teach core and elective courses submitted required documentation through the Course Material Box Submission Site.
Collected data will be used for the visit this fall. Following the locking of the Course Material Box site for the instructors, the collected data is now being analyzed and carefully drafted into the required questionnaires, exhibits and appendices.
We will continue to provide updates to university stakeholders.
Engineering schools must follow the CEAB's criteria and procedures and undergo periodic reviews and site visits, which occur every six years. Our programs have been accredited since 1965.
Benefits of accreditation
Program quality: Accreditation ensures that all programs are meeting the same high standards.
Continuous improvement: Regular accreditation fosters continual improvement of engineering education.
Licensure: Students who receive a degree from an accredited engineering program meet the academic requirements needed to become licensed with Canada's engineering requlators.
Interprovincial and international mobility: Degrees from accredited programs are accepted by engineering regulators nationwide and are recognized by international partners (signatory countries to the Washington Accord).
How schools maintain accreditation
Maintaining accreditation status requires ongoing monitoring and compliance with the CEAB Criteria and Procedures. These are the main components.Graduate Attributes: Institutions must demonstrate that their graduates have the following 12 attributes.
- Knowledge base for engineering
- Problem analysis
- Use of engineering tools
- Individual and teamwork
- Communication skills
- Impact of engineering on society and the environment
- Ethics and equity
- Economics and project management
Students: Accredited programs must have functional policies and procedures that deal with quality, admission, counselling, promotion and graduation of students.
Curriculum content and quality: The curriculum content and quality criteria are designed to assure a foundation in mathematics and natural sciences, a broad preparation in engineering sciences and engineering design, and an exposure to non-technical subjects that supplement the technical aspects of the curriculum.
Program environment: The accreditation board considers the overall environment in which an engineering program is delivered, including the quality of the educational experience.