It is the Accountability Council for Co-operative Education (ACCE) – BC. It is an independent council of the Association for Co-operative Education (BC/Yukon). The Council is comprised of one member from each public, post-secondary co-operative education institution in BC/Yukon as appointed by the President of the institution. The Council is accountable to key co-operative education stakeholders (such as students, employers, government, and educational institutions). 

The ACCE – BC exists to provide and encourage the adoption of consistent program guidelines and standards for quality Co-operative Education in BC, to gather and disseminate relevant data, and to work as a collective voice to discuss accountability and institutional issues related to co-operative education.

Each institution has one co-operative education delegate to represent them at the ACCE – BC. This representative is usually a Co-op Director. Other members include the current President of ACE and a representative from the provincial ministry responsible for post-secondary education and skills training.

The ACCE – BC meets at least semi-annually to discuss issues and initiatives related to its purpose and role. Each institution is represented and contributes to these discussions.  Also there are a number of sub-committees working on a variety of issues throughout the year.

The ACCE council members were also instrumental in working with the provincial government to develop the Co-op Tech grant, improve co-operative Education’s profile on WorkBC website, and made recommendations for the receiving of $1.3 million provided to BC Co-op Institutions within BC.  Also ACCE liaison with a number of organizations, associations and other government departments at the provincial, national and international level to further the cause of co-operative education and work-integrated learning.

ACE members can access other information such as the Advocacy Process, Definitions & Guidelines, Mandate, and Operational Plan by going to the Members Only Area of the website (log in, navigate to the Documents section, view the ACCE folder). View the Comparative Matrix of Work-Integrated Education and Learning here.

If you would like further information, you can also contact the current ACCE Chair, Cynthia Maclean, at Cynthia_maclean@bcit.ca.

Recently, the ACCE – BC worked on a comprehensive matrix of work-integrated education and learning. The objective of this matrix is to develop clarity, common understanding and shared language around these forms of work-integrated experiences across institutions in BC.

For more information about the comparative matrix, contact the Chair, Norah McRae, at nmcrae@uvic.ca.

View the Comparative Matrix of Work-Integrated Education and Learning