Quality Matters

Quality Matters Standards 


As part of the continuous effort to improve the quality of online courses, Madison College subscribed to the Quality Matters program in fall of 2013. Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.

QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, and other academic institutions across the world have adopted the Quality Matters process.  Read more about the Underlying Principles of Quality Matters.

The Quality Matters Rubric is centered on relevant research and was initially developed based on a review of the literature, the expertise of experienced practitioners and existing standard sets. Each of the specific rubric standards is supported by literature from the field. A literature review is conducted for each new rubric edition that builds upon this core matrix. 

Quality Matters processes benefit both individual faculty and Madison College in the following ways:

  1. Improved student learning outcomes and retention
  2. Adoption of a systematic and comprehensive continuous quality assurance process that includes faculty training, course development and course revisions that are aligned with accreditation standards
  3. Incorporation of new technologies and research findings
  4. Opportunity to engage in benchmarking activities with peer institutions
  5. Ongoing faculty professional development
  6. Increased flexibility, creativity and divergent thinking
  7. Increased efficiency in using institutional resources

Interested in learning more or becoming involved in the QM process?  Contact Tina Rettler-Pagel (link sends e-mail) or Nancy Woodward (link sends e-mail) in CETL.

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