The Quality Matters Program
Texas A&M University-Texarkana is committed to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of web and/or web-enhanced courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. More information regarding Quality Matters may be found at www.qmprogram.org.
Quality Matters Subscribers
Quality Matters subscribers include an array of community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, and other academic institutions. Over 400 institutions nationwide use QM to certify the quality of their online courses, including: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University - Central Texas, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural Health, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
For a full list of current subscribers with Quality Matters, click here.
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Benefits for A&M-Texarkana
The Quality Matters Program benefits both individual faculty members and our institution in the following ways:
- Improved student learning outcomes and retention
- 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
- Incorporation of new technologies and research findings
- Ongoing faculty professional development
- Increased flexibility, creativity, and divergent thinking
- Increased efficiency in using institutional resources
A course that meets QM standards provides the faculty member with a course whose principal components are in “alignment” with each other (objectives, activities, resources, and assessments) and which is supported by best practices as identified in the literature. Faculty members will have an opportunity to participate in professional development workshops on how to apply the QM rubric and build or improve their online course. The course developer will be an integral part of the internal review process with shared responsibility and ownership. QM influence to hybrid and blended courses is also likely to occur.
A course that meets QM standards provides the online student with assurance that the course has been planned, developed, and designed with all components to make his or her learning experience a success. As more courses meet QM standards, the student will become more confident and will become motivated to enroll in more online courses.