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Volunteer

Benefits of Volunteer Service

CIPS program evaluators find the experience of serving on accreditation review and evaluation teams to be personally and professionally rewarding for a variety of reasons, including opportunities to:

·         Help assure that CIPS accreditation criteria reflect contemporary practice and the expectations of the technical professions and their key constituents;

·         Gain insight into "best practices" and trends in technical education and the particular characteristics of individual schools and programs; and

·         Benefit from interaction and networking with committed peers.

Volunteer! Become a CIPS Program Evaluator

CIPS could not perform its accreditation activities without its volunteers - professionals who are passionate about improving their professions through quality education. Volunteers evaluate program material and visit campuses, and actively participate in accreditation decisions. Volunteers play an essential role in assisting institutions to improve their academic programs.

Most CIPS volunteers begin their service as Accreditors in Training. Accreditors in Training first take the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada Basic Site Evaluator Course. Following the completion of this course, accreditors in training are added to an experienced accreditation team and have an observer role.

The Role of the Program Evaluator

Academic programs are evaluated against a set of specific criteria. These criteria outline the requirements for student support, quality and appropriateness of faculty and facilities, relevance of curriculum, continuous quality improvement processes, and other key program areas. It is the program evaluator’s job to determine if these criteria are met.

Learn more about the criteria

Review the Self-Study Report

The work of a program evaluator begins with a review of the self-study report, which is prepared by the program seeking accreditation. The self-study report contains information about the institution, as well as detailed information that illustrate how the academic program meets the evaluation criteria.

On-Site Visit

The program evaluator travels to the campus with one or more additional program evaluators and an evaluation team leader. The program e