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Higher Education News

March, 2023

A Benchmark for Excellence
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Congratulations to the University of Cincinnati Clermont College (UC Clermont) for achieving Exemplary Program Status! This special status is awarded to institutions who go above and beyond in their quality assurance efforts by earning QM Program Certifications in all four key areas — Online Program Design, Online Teaching Support, Online Learner Support, and Online Learner Success — in a period of three years.

"Achieving the QM Exemplary Program certification is an honor for the University of Cincinnati Clermont College and serves as a major milestone in our commitment to online course quality. The implementation of quality assurance practices has had an impact on our learners that we look forward to sustaining and improving upon as we move forward."
— Karen Lankisch, Professor & Program Director, University of Cincinnati Clermont College

If your institution is ready to take quality assurance to the next level like UC Clermont, learn more about Program Reviews, read an account of another university’s  journey toward Exemplary Program Status and start working toward your own achievement.


Your Primer on Accessibility
Guide to Digital Accessibility
Fact: Quality courses consider and address the needs of all learners. So how do you ensure accessibility in your course design and delivery efforts? In the new Guide to Digital Accessibility (co-published by Quality Matters and Stylus Publishing) Drs. Rae Mancilla and Barbara A. Frey have compiled a number of firsthand accounts from educators working toward this goal.

“I predict that this book will become part of the standard toolkit of every new and experienced college teacher who cares about equity, access and accessibility in their physical and digital classrooms.”
— Joshua Kim, Director of Online Programs and Strategy, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

The paperback edition is now available (e-book to be released this May), and QM members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off list price. Email research@qualitymatters.org to obtain your discount code for the paperback or e-book. Shipping on the paperback edition is free.
Amplify Your Expertise
QM Connect conference
Don’t miss your chance to present at QM Connect 2023! Proposals submitted by the early deadline — March 31 — will receive feedback you can use to strengthen your final submission. Make sure to submit your proposal soon — if your proposal is accepted, you’ll enjoy a discount on QM Connect registration, recognition by the community and a new bullet point for your resumé. Submit your proposal today.

Need some inspiration? Check out some of last year’s presentations.
Alignment is Key
Quick Tip
Do your assessments measure your learning objectives? Last month, we shared how to check for measurable learning objectives. Now it’s time to see if they align with and are effectively measured by your assessments.

Read through each learning objective, then check the corresponding assessment(s) to determine if the latter measures the former. For example, if your learning objective states that by the end of the course learners will be able to “explain the process of photosynthesis,” two examples of assessments that would measure learner achievement of this include creating a diagram or visual of the process of photosynthesis, or describing in writing what happens during photosynthesis.

Fresh Ideas You Can Use Now

Quality in Action Conference April 28, 2023
10:00 a.m. to
5:45 p.m. ET

Get ready for Quality in Action! QM’s virtual conference focused on actionable insights for higher ed is right around the corner. At this one-day event, you’ll glean new strategies you can put into practice in your work right away — boosting your confidence and helping you meet the needs of learners. Here are just a few sessions you can attend at Quality in Action 2023:
  • Ctrl+Engage: Practical and Fun Strategies to Spark Student Engagement in Synchronous Online Classes

  • Less Content, More Application: Rising to Meet the Challenge of ChatGPT

  • Beyond the Rubric: Social-Emotional Support Strategies for At-Risk Online Learners

Registration is open now — for $200 — and includes access to session recordings for 90 days following the event. Group discounts are also available. Contact us for details.
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Please join us in congratulating the following Higher Education, Publisher and Continuing & Professional Education members for having one or more courses recently QM-Certified.

View More QM-Certified Courses >>

  • Austin Community College District
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Cameron University
  • Clarkson University
  • Cleveland Community College
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Gaston College
  • Germanna Community College
  • Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Indiana University-South Bend
  • Instituto Profesional IACC
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Laredo College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
  • North Park University
  • Oregon State University
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • South Florida State College
  • Texas A & M International University
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Walsh University
  • EdCert, LLC dba ACUE
  • Region 4 Education Service Center
  • Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Education
  • Science Interactive
Welcome New Members
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  • American University of Beirut
  • Ashesi University
  • Digital Promise
  • EARTH University
  • Hilliard Public Schools
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Makerere University
  • Mastercard Foundation
  • University of Abomey-Calavi
  • University of Gondar
  • University of Rwanda
  • Valparaiso University

Learn More About QM Membership >>

Revising a course? New to online delivery? Check out the QM Live! 2023 Spring workshops for ideas that support student success.

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