I have heard the term and loosely placed a meaning to it but did not fully comprehend it’s meaning and the importance. After some research online I had to find a definition and then I tried to see if there was a national council in Canada. I did find a Website that offered this:
Use of the Term “Accredited”
Canada does not have a national or regional accreditation system for post-secondary institutions and therefore educational jurisdictions, except in some limited circumstances, do not normally employ the term “accredited” to denote provincially authorized or recognized institutions. In Canada, since post-secondary education falls under provincial, rather than national, jurisdiction, each province uses its own quality assurance processes to ensure the legitimacy of institutions.
I also discovered there are organizations that can help you become accredited such as the Canadian Accreditation Council which is based out of Edmonton.
Then I researched Canadian schools that lost accreditation – there were a couple of programs mention but what drew my attention was the wikipedia site that lists all the schools that have lost accreditation. Of course there would be a wikipedia site for that (its international).
The most popular topic seemed to be the Medical Program at McGill. This is an exert from the National Post site:
“The Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools advised McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier on Monday that the medical school was being placed on probation after it failed to comply with 24 of the 132 standards measured. Shortcomings were identified for another eight standards.
“The breadth and the depth of these findings have seriously compromised the quality of the medical education program,” the committee wrote to Fortier.”
Interesting information – I guess I will be checking the doctor’s office from now on to see if they Graduated from McGill. It’s also surprising giving McGill’s reputation.
I have not paid attention to these articles in the past because unless it had something to do with my current role, then I didn’t have time for it. However, of course, now that I am seeing this from a different role, it’s very interesting.
As I want to start up my own workshop / training session I am now going to have to look into what it means to be accredited and is it applicable to what my end goals are. I originally thought that by taking the PIDP course it would help to give me accreditation for employers to hire me which is as I described my use of the term “loosely”. I need to make sure I know what it is I am saying and understanding the meaning behind it.
Thank you for the topic !
Accreditation . (n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.canadianaccreditation.ca/accreditation-process/
(n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.bccat.ca/
Hamilton, G. (2015, June 18). McGill medical degree hasn’t lost value despite school’s probation: former student leader. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/mcgill-medical-degree-hasnt-lost-value-despite-schools-probation-former-student-leader/wcm/5de5f93b-9eea-4380-aa26-493390e152ee
List of unaccredited institutions of higher education. (2017, July 16). Retrieved July 17, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unaccredited_institutions_of_higher_education