What are the benefits of having my institution's co-operative education programs accredited by CAFCE?
Institutions should consider accreditation for a number of reasons:
Mount Saint Vincent University
Manager, Co-operative Education
"The Mount's co-op program has been accredited for twenty years and is committed to the process for many reasons. It provides an important opportunity to reflect on our practices and to evaluate our program's performance. Being accredited by an external body gives us creditability both internally with academic departments, senior leadership and students, and externally with employers and community stakeholders including government funding agencies. Accreditation demonstrates that we have met the quality standards set forth by CAFCE which instills confidence in our ability to deliver a strong, reputable program. In today's educational environment it's important to demonstrate a commitment to best practices and CAFCE's accreditation is a great way to do this."
University of Alberta
Assistant Director Engineering Co-op Department, Faculty of Engineering
"The Engineering Co-op Program at the University of Alberta has been accredited by CAFCE for twenty-four years. The process has efficiently allowed standardization across the many engineering disciplines offered within the Faculty of Engineering. The accreditation criteria provide a strong fundamental framework for establishing program policies. Following these criteria, we have achieved, and continue to provide, a very high quality program for students, employers and the Faculty."'
University of Guelph
Director, Co-operative Education & Career Services
"As the Director of Co-operative Education & Career Services at the University of Guelph I have found that being a CAFCE Accredited co-op program (since 2005) has assisted me in maintaining the integrity of co-operative education at the University of Guelph. Vice-Presidents, Deans, and Faculty respect the CAFCE Accreditation criteria and are extremely collaborative when we are reviewing existing programs or launching a new program."