Overall, the Faculty is extremely pleased with the accreditation results. In particular, we are delighted with the many positive changes in the final findings compared to those initially identified in the exit report from the survey team on April 18. Of note, several of the perceived deficiencies were anticipated by the self-study sub-committees and Task Force, and we have already begun to work on these. For most of the findings, we will have almost two years to make revisions to satisfy the requirements of the elements. Below, is a summary of where we currently stand with regard to elements judged unsatisfactory and satisfactory with monitoring:
12.1 Unsatisfactory - Our students continue to report higher levels of debt at graduation than the national average. This is not surprising, since Ontario levels of tuition are higher than in most other provinces, particularly Quebec. Our recent introduction of a new financial aid and debt management curriculum will hopefully assist our students with consideration of, and dealing with, finances and debt.
1.1.1 - Unsatisfactory - One of the elements related to Social Accountability is new, as it was added after the 2014 change in the format of the standards. A UGME Social Accountability Committee has been established, and is introducing measures to meet the requirements of this new element. A particular observation is that we need to identify the health needs of the populations we serve.
10.2 - Unsatisfactory - A citation related to the authority of the Admissions Committee was related to a seldom, if ever, used procedure for review of difficult cases. It is our intention to revise or remove this procedure, to be able to satisfy this element.
1.1, 5.2 - SM* - The concerns with two of the elements cited are related to the presence of an interim dean at the time of the visit. Dr. Jasmin has now been appointed as Dean, and it should be relatively easy to satisfy the expectations of the CACMS with respect to these elements.
7.9 – SM - Another element relates to Interprofessional collaborative skills. We have already begun activities that will improve our adherence to the requirements associated with this element.
11.2 – SM - Questionnaires indicate that student satisfaction with career advising has been only moderate in the past, and the Faculty has adopted a revised process of career advising to address this. This is receiving favorable reception from students, but we will have to be able to demonstrate greater student satisfaction to the Accreditation Committee.
3.3 – SM - Diversity among faculty, and leaders, has not reached levels required to satisfy the CACMS, and progress will have to be achieved before 2020.
5.1 – SM - At the time of the visit, there was considerable uncertainty related to budget reductions to our Faculty by the uOttawa administration, and this has led to the citation of another element. We will have to address this in a report to CACMS by August 2019. It appears that this is of particular concern to the CACMS, since our actions to satisfy the other issues will be the subject of a second update report in 2020.
*SM = Satisfactory with Monitoring