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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.  

Course Learning Outcome: A statement found in course outlines (or alternatively in the documentation for assessments such as projects, tests or assignments) that describes significant and essential learning that students have achieved and can reliably demonstrate at the end of a course.

Discipline Learning Outcomes:  A set of learning outcome statements for each technician and  technologist discipline.

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

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

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 Options: A category of accreditation defined as  one program with one or two common years and two or more streams in with final year or a standard program with a co-op or fast track option.

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.