Technology Accreditation Canada Uncovers Accreditation Efficiencies

June 29, 2017
A project commissioned by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) concludes that significant information generated during an educational institution’s internal five year review of their engineering technology or applied science program can be utilized for a TAC accreditation. 

Gary Closson, former Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, at Sheridan College in Oakville and Brampton, Ontario, examined the program review process at three educational institutions and charted the similarities between information gathered for a program review and required for TAC accreditation. With such overlap of information, the report recommended that educational institutions conduct their five year program review in conjunction with a TAC accreditation to create efficiencies. 

From the findings in the report and the experience of over 15 accreditations, the majority of information required for a TAC accreditation is available as a result of the program review process and through other institutional and program documents, much of which is posted online. 

“This project helped us better understand the similarities between an institution’s program review and our accreditation process and where our process can be more efficient”, comments Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “We understand the substantial time required by an institution to go through the accreditation process and we continue to find ways to streamline our service”.

The report also revealed fundamental differences between the College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP) required by Ontario institutions and TAC accreditation. The CQAAP is institutional in nature while a TAC accreditation is much more program focused, citing unique program features, providing a list of best practices and recommendations for improvement. 

“We recognize that our value proposition goes beyond granting accreditation to an institution. We are committed to identifying opportunities for program improvement for our customers through a comprehensive audit, with the extensive industry experience of our audit teams and from our best practices repository”, added Stamper.

An overview of the project, accreditation information tables for each national accreditation component and findings can be found here.

TAC accreditation involves a qualified, trained audit team evaluating an institution’s program against the profession’s national standards. Achieving accreditation provides students, parents and the institution’s administration confidence that the program has met the standards.