The Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA) formally granted accreditation of Memorial's physical education and kinesiology programs at their annual general meeting in Vancouver recently.
HKR's now joins about half of the physical education and kinesiology programs in Canada that meet the standards for accreditation. "We always knew our programs were outstanding but now it's official. It's recognition that we're meeting certain standards and that translates into a better education for our students," said Dr. Antony Card, dean of HKR. "Memorial can now tell the world that what we offer the same quality experience as much larger institutions such as the Universities of Toronto, Alberta and British Columbia."
Dr. Card noted that the process to achieve this is quite rigorous. "It's like an academic review in that outside reviewers and courses have to meet a very high standard."
This was HKR's first time applying for accreditation, which lasts for seven years, but as Dr. Card pointed out, preparations have been going on for quite some time. "We have been preparing for this goal since kinesiology started at the school 11 years ago. So, last year we went through a curriculum review and that really started us down the path to accreditation.
This is a really big step for us. We've done what it takes to achieve this and now our job is to follow through on the standards and there's no doubt in my mind we can do this and more," added Dr. Card. "And it means a lot for our students and for future students in HKR. The standards we have achieved will have a direct impact on the quality of their education, and possibly their future once they graduate."
The CCUPEKA Accreditation Council is the accrediting agency for undergraduate pre-educational and undergraduate integrated physical education/teacher preparation and kinesiology programs in Canada. To be accredited, a unit must satisfy the minimal standards set forth in the accreditation document such as the quality of labs, appropriate number of courses per instructor, faculty expertise, lab hours per student, and the diversity of courses offered. CCUPEKA represents nearly all of the universities that offer physical education and/or kinesiology programs in Canada.