On August 17th to 18th, students, industry leaders, regulators, accreditors, and deans met to develop a shared vision for the future of engineering accreditation in Canada. It was integral for all stakeholders to collaborate, as altering accreditation to best benefit the engineering field has a great impact on everyone. Accreditation in Canada is unique, as it assesses both programs and individual students through inputs (such as Accreditation Units) and outputs (such as Graduate Attributes). Even though there were many different opinions in which direction accreditation should head in, it was clear that everyone was in consensus that the status quo is unacceptable. Adaptation is necessary, and as the labor market in engineering is changing, Canada wants to maintain its reputation for excellence. The goal of the conference was to operationalize a shared vision, improve inter-association mobility, and have all stakeholders heard. While there is still much work to be done in terms of implementing change for Canadian accreditation, the conference was an excellent way to start talks about accreditation in Canada.
Student representatives from CRÉIQ, ESSCO, CFES, and University of Toronto