07 April 2009

Ashford U: Quality Matters Implementation Plan

Quality Matters (QM) has announced a new recognition level for programs or institutions preparing to adopt the QM course review system across all their online and hybrid courses. The new recognition is the QM Implementation Plan. The first institution recognized with an approved plan is Ashford University, an on-ground and online university accredited by HLC/North Central.

Most institutions are more familiar with the original QM Rubric review system, through which individual courses are reviewed and recognized. QM publishes the names of courses and their faculty developers of the QM web site (click on years near bottom of page).

Institutions subscribe to the QM organization and then may either conduct subscriber-managed (internal) reviews or contract with QM for official reviews. A Peer Review team uses the research-based rubric to evaluate courses. Updated regularly, the rubric maintains its standard of at least "B+" performance for recognition.

QM will hold its first national conference June 7 - 9, 2009, in Baltimore. Registration fee is $345 for QM subscribers, $395 for non-subscribers. The QM conference web site includes information on low-cost lodging ($119 to $129/night).

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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