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Glossary of Terms

The following terms are used throughout the accreditation process.

Aligned Programs: A category of accreditation defined as 2 technician or 2  technology programs with at least 80% common courses overall and at least 67% common in the final year

Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC): The set of program general and discipline learning outcomes.  

Demonstrable Learning Outcome: A measure of how a program actually determines that students have achieved a learning outcome, as indicated in the course outlines.

Educational institution (EI):  A college or polytechnic institute or polytechnic university where students are enrolled in an engineering technology or applied science program.

Governance and Audit Council (GAC):  A group within Technology Accreditation Canada that is responsible, among other things, for the appeals stage of the accreditation process.   

Joint Programs: A category of accreditation defined as 1 technician and 1 technology program with at least 80% common courses overall and at least 67% common in the second year

Learning Outcome:  A statement that describes significant and essential learning that students have achieved and can reliably demonstrate at the end of a course or program. 

Learning Outcome Indicator (LOI): A measurable action a student must be able to perform to achieve a learning outcome. 

National Accreditation Components (NAC): The set of standards by which an engineering technology or applied science program is measured against for the purposes of national program accreditation.   

Provincial Professional Association (PPA):  A member based, not-for-profit, organization which certifies engineering technology and applied science technicians and technologists. 

Program General Learning Outcomes: A common set of learning outcome statements for each technicians and  technologists.

Program Discipline Learning Outcomes:  A set of learning outcome statements for each technician and  technologist discipline.
 
Program Options: A category of accreditation defined as have a standard program plus a co-op or fast track option.

Program Streams: A category of accreditation defined as 1 program with one or two common years and two or more streams in with final year with at least 67% of the courses common.

Standard: A category of accreditation defined as a technician or technology program.

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC):  An autonomous, not-for-profit, national accreditation body.

Technology Professionals Canada (TPC): An alliance of engineering technology professional associations (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Sakatchewan) which represent approximately 85% of engineering technology and applied science professionals in Canada.

Technology Report (TR):  A document which describes the process or results of engineering technology or applied science related research that students submit in the final year of their technologist program.