Accountability and evaluation

Accountability at WatPD

WatPD's operation is overseen by the Co-operative Education Council (CEC). The Council has a wide mandate regarding co-operative and experiential education at the University and is chaired by Peggy Jarvie, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education.

WatPD also reports to the Engineering Curriculum Committee (ECC) regarding the program's Engineering-specific course development and operation. The ECC is chaired by Dan Davison, Acting Academic Director, WatPD-Engineering.

How we improve

Continuous improvement is one of WatPD’s foundational principles. We evaluate our courses and the support we offer on a regular basis so students have access to relevant, engaging material and help when they need it.

Delivering that kind of quality and breadth is a significant challenge when thousands of students across dozens of programs enroll in PD courses every term. Our approach to program evaluation and improvement includes both term-by-term refinements — small tweaks made to courses every four months — and routine, comprehensive redevelopment projects. These refinements and redevelopments are informed by student feedback, internal reviews, and consultations with the professors and professionals who bring PD courses to life.

If you’re interested in learning more about our program evaluation plan or feedback collection, please contact Erin Smith, WatPD’s Associate Director, Program Improvement, at elsmith@uwaterloo.ca.