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Ensuring objectivity in assessment of academic credentials

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

College of CHIROPODISTS of Ontario

College of CHIROPODISTS of Ontario


This practice may be useful to regulators who rely on their own systems for assessing academic credentials and who seek strategies to ensure valid and reliable assessment outcomes.

The College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO) assesses academic credentials in the following way: all approved academic institutions and programs are recorded on a list. If an applicant applies from a school or program that is on the COCOO's list of approved schools, the COCOO assumes that the applicant meets its education requirement.

This approach minimizes subjectivity because the credential assessment result can be obtained by answering a straight-forward yes-no question.

If an applicant is a graduate of a school or program not on the list, the COCOO's education committee conducts a thorough review of the program. Then council decides whether or not to include it on the list.

The College may seek help from a consultant to get an outside opinion about a program.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to ensure quality of qualifications assessment decisions. Assessment tools and processes measure what they intend to measure and yield consistent results.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.
  • Provides applicants with valid and reliable assessments

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Assessment of Qualifications
  • Objectivity

Profession's Membership Size

Small (fewer than 2,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 13, 2013