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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

CTAC:  Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria, the set of outcome-based standards for technician and technologist programs used in the audit of a program for the purposes of national program accreditation. 

Demonstrable Learning Outcome: A measure of how a program actually determines that students have achieved the Discipline or General Learning Outcome as indicated in the course outlines.

EI:  Educational institution whose program is undergoing accreditation.

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

General Learning Outcomes: The core competencies that are general to all technician and technologist programs.

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 Indicator: A measure of how a program could determine that students have achieved the Discipline or General Learning Outcome as indicated in the course outlines.

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

PPA:  Provincial Professional Association, one of the provincial organizations that comprise Technology Accreditation Canada.

Program Discipline Learning Outcomes:  The core competencies that comprise a technician or a technologist program.

Program Learning Outcomes:  Program Learning Outcomes are divided into two categories:  Discipline Learning Outcomes and General Learning Outcomes.  

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.

TAC:  Technology Accreditation Canada.

TPC:  Technology Professionals Canada.

TR:  Technology Report, a project that students in the final year of their technologist program must complete.