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September 23, 2014


Quality Matters and Cowley Online


Having been a subscriber to Quality Matters (QM) for several years, Cowley College recently made the decision to become fully committed to the entire QM process.

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty. The QM Process for continuous improvement is the framework for quality assurance efforts in online and distance learning.

“As in all things Cowley College does, we want to be at the very top of the game,” Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch said.

In February 2014, the Cowley Online Department began an initiative to train all 200+ full and part-time faculty teaching online, face-to-face and hybrid courses in Quality Matters to promote continuous improvement and development of high-quality online courses and programs.

“Our impressive level of participation has been recognized by Quality Matters and we are poised to provide continuous improvement in online education and student learning,” associate vice president for Mulvane and online operations Stephani Johns-Hines said.

Professional Development opportunities, specifically Quality Matters’ Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop, were offered earlier this year to all faculty prior to the launch of a major migration to Blackboard Learn, a new Learning Management System (LMS). Currently, more than 225 Cowley faculty have participated in exploring the basics of applying the Quality Matters Rubric to online course design. In addition, Cowley has nine certified Peer Reviewers, one certified Master Reviewer, one certified Face-to-Face Facilitator and one certified Online Facilitator. The certified peer reviewers have served on eight official course reviews at a national level.

“Quality Matters is the recognized standard for quality and consistency in online and hybrid education, and I am proud of all our faculty members for their time and dedication to our students and to the concepts of Quality Matters,” Crouch said. “It is a clear signal of Cowley College’s determination to remain at the forefront of higher education.”