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Calhoun Community College Reviews All Online Courses with Quality Matters

April 8, 2016

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Student success, completion, and retention rates to be reported out for follow-up research project

Decatur, AL – In an effort to certify all of its online courses, Calhoun Community College announced today that it is having more than 200 courses reviewed using the Quality Matters (QM) Higher Education Rubric this year. 

“Reviewing what is essentially all of our online courses at Calhoun will give the institution a complete picture of the quality of our online program and where there may exist areas for improvement,” commented Calhoun President Dr. James Klauber.

Calhoun is also working with QM to have 18-20 faculty and staff from the college become certified QM Peer Reviewers.  This certification will allow these individuals from the college to conduct internal course reviews while maintaining the integrity of the QM Course Review process.     

“We wanted an outside organization to provide our course reviews, and Quality Matters has the expertise to certify online courses for quality,” said Chris Alexander, Digital Media & Distance Learning Manager, at Calhoun. 

“Our goal once the review process is complete is to begin tracking online student success, completion, and retention data for all online courses over the next 5 years, beginning with our 2016 Fall semester.  Any concerning trends that are discovered over the next 5 years will be addressed through potential course re-design and faculty professional development through Quality Matters,” Alexander added.

“Quality Matters is excited to play a role in this significant initiative. Our framework provides the tools, processes, and support for faculty and staff to review courses and to help support a culture of quality that Calhoun is creating,” said Deb Adair, Executive Director of Quality Matters.

“Building and revising courses based on a shared, consistent application of quality standards, and ensuring the involvement and training for faculty in the process, Calhoun will start to see the benefits for students and learn first-hand from their data on student success about the long term efficacy of the QM continuous improvement process.”

“Calhoun Community College is a great example of a commitment to quality student learning through peer review of courses and professional development for faculty.  We applaud the work the college is doing in this area,” Adair added.

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About Calhoun Community College

Calhoun Community College exemplifies the two-year college mission of commitment to excellence in teaching and service and is the region's leader in education and workforce development. The largest of the two-year institutions comprising the Alabama Community College System, Calhoun is an open-admission, community-based, state-supported, coeducational, comprehensive community college dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality and accessible education to individuals in its four-county service area. Offering 49 associate degree options and 52 career/certificate programs, Calhoun serves approximately 10,500 students at its 110-acre Decatur campus; its Huntsville/Cummings Research Park site; the Alabama Center for the Arts, and at the Limestone Correctional Facility. As an institution on the cutting edge of providing excellence in teaching and service, Calhoun has enjoyed local, state, regional, and national distinction. 

About Quality Matters 

Quality Matters (QM) is an international non-profit organization that provides the quality standards, professional development, course and program review, and certification for quality assurance in online education. QM’s 1000+ members include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, government agencies, corporations, and other education-related organizations. QM is best known for its design standards (Rubrics) for online and blended courses for higher education, continuing and professional education, K-12, and publisher provided courses. Visit qualitymatters.org or email info@qualitymatters.org