How and when will I be affected?

Transitioning to a new accreditation system is complex. Rest assured, all schools and programs will have the time they need to prepare for the proposed changes. In the coming months we will roll out a detailed list of resources available to help you transition.

2017 Accreditation visits and beyond

The proposed changes will NOT affect schools and programs currently preparing for accreditation visits in 2016/17.

The accreditation process remains status quo, pending full endorsement of:

  • the guiding principles and components of the new system
  • the new general accreditation standards for both institutions and residency programs
  • implementation by the three Colleges’ accreditation committees

When will my university or program be affected?

Initial prototype testing began in the fall of 2015 and continues through 2019. The plan is for the new standards and processes to apply to all programs and schools being reviewed after July 1, 2019.

When will my university or program be affected? When will my university or program be affected?

What are the phases?

Prototype 1: (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017): The Development Prototype

What we’re evaluating:

  • Standards content
  • Proposed process concepts
  • Needs assessment to inform support and training for surveyors, schools and programs

How will we be evaluating:

It will be status quo for institutions and programs: the same schedule and current standards will apply to accreditation decision-making. There will be testing of new standards and process for data collection by a small number of three College staff and volunteers during the onsite surveys.

Prototype 2: (Summer 2017 - Spring 2018): The Surveyor Experience Prototype

What we’re evaluating:

  • The surveyor experience with the new Accreditation Management System (AMS), standards, and process, while maintaining the status quo for institutions and programs

How we will be evaluating:

  • Additional “shadow” surveyors to test surveyor AMS capability and usability during onsite survey
  • Testing how well the programs/institutions would perform against the newly approved standards to inform future decision-making
  • The impact of the testing/evaluating? will be high for College staff, medium for surveyors, and low for programs/institutions (the same schedule, and current standards apply to accreditation decision-making).

Prototype 3: (Summer 2018 - Spring 2019): The Institution/Program Prototype

What we’re evaluating:

  • The institution/program experience with the AMS, new standards, and new accreditation process

How we will be evaluating:

  • Enhanced onsite review process of the AMS
  • Accreditation status for institutions and programs will be awarded with decisions based on new standards
  • Appropriate leniency with respect to compliance with new standards
  • Testing of initial data monitoring tools
  • Higher impact on all stakeholders: risks have been identified and contingency plans are in place

Implementation Phase: (July 2019 onwards, anticipated): The New System

Our plan, which is dependent on prototype testing, is that the new standards and processes will apply to all programs and schools being reviewed after July 1, 2019. Full implementation depends on the successful completion of previous prototypes.

How we will be evaluating:

  • a new schedule
  • new standards for both institutions and programs
  • full and complete AMS available for use by institutions, programs, surveyors, Royal College Specialty Committees, and (is there a name for these on the other two colleges)