October 2, 2009
The College of Engineering continues to be among relatively few schools in Canada that can claim its programs have received accreditation every year since the oversight process was initiated in 1965.
The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) recently granted eight of the college’s nine programs three more years of accreditation, a designation that ensures graduates have all the necessary academic qualifications to be licensed as professional engineers both in Canada and in many international jurisdictions. The environmental engineering program was exempt from the October accreditation visit because it is too new to have graduated any students, explained Malcolm Reeves, the college’s former acting associate dean of student affairs now on administrative leave and a CEAB member. That program will receive an accreditation visit next year.
The accreditation process is a long one, he said, requiring about 18 months of preparation. Most of that is in compiling the course information, examination papers, laboratory instruction sheets, project reports, student transcripts – “absolutely any material used for the instruction of students” – that is reviewed by the accreditation team. Reese added that transcripts are reviewed “to check that the institution is following its own rules, that students complete the program as advertised.”
After reviewing the team’s reports on the various programs, which Reeves described as “very clean,” the board awarded the accreditation in June.
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