Thursday, 10 March 2016

PSB News - March 2016

Accreditation Program Committee

In the interests of greater transparency for our colleagues at ACUPP, the Accreditation Program Committee (APC) has been posting updates on Committee activity.  These posts are roughly semi-annual, and are posted on the "University Accreditation" page (http://www.psb-planningcanada.ca/UNIVERSTYACCREDITATION/index.php).  If you are interested in APC's activities or in the accreditation of university planning degree programs in general, we encourage you to take a look at this page.  In addition to APC updates, we have also posted information relating to the accreditation process.

Thanks to Tracey Ehl (OPPI member of APC) for developing these posts!

As of this writing, two re-accreditation site visits - Queen's University and University of Saskatchewan - have been completed, and the final visit of the 2015-16 academic year - Simon Fraser University - is on track to start March 21. Our thanks to the Site Visit Teams for being so giving of their time to support this important function.

Professional Examination - March 2016 Sitting

After a serious software issue prevented us from allowing Candidates to write the September 2015 sitting on their computers, we are pleased to announce that we have arranged for a new software provider for the March 21, 2016 sitting.  Feedback from Candidates who have downloaded the software and completed the practice exam (a test to ensure the software works correctly on their computers) has been positive so far.  If you are registered for this sitting, you will have received information on the software already; new registrants will be sent the information upon registration.

New Professional Examination Format

The Professional Examination Sub-committee has been working hard on development of a multiple-choice Examination.  Since our last update, the Sub-committee has met three times and is working on the question bank.  They will be reporting to PSB's Board of Directors on their progress at the March 18 Board meeting.  On behalf of PSB, we extend our deepest appreciation to the members of the Sub-committee:
  • Bruce Singbush, Chair (OPPI)
  •  Janice Harper (API)
  • Autumn Dawson (SPPI)
  • Wayne Caldwell (OPPI, University of Guelph)
  • Ron Keeble (OPPI, Ryerson University)
  • Chris Leach (MPPI, PEEC Chair (ex-officio)
  • Brian Brophey (OPPI Registrar - Committee Resource)
PSB's Interim Executive Director also provides support to the Sub-committee.
 

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