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What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters is a non-profit organization that is the culmination of efforts initiated in 2003 by Maryland Online Inc. with the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant. After the completion of the grant, Maryland Online Inc. determined that the generated rubric and peer review process would serve as a viable option for the evaluation and certification of online courses due to their foundation in online educational research and best practices in online instruction. Therefore, Quality Matters was created as its own program in which institutions were able to apply for subscriptions and participate in professional development opportunities. These subscriptions allow faculty to participate in the course review process.

North Carolina Central University began its affiliation with Quality Matters as a participant in the statewide subscription through the University of North Carolina System in 2009. As a result of this relationship, more than 80 faculty and staff have participated in more than 130 trainings in best practices in online instruction, learning, and course design through Quality Matters professional development workshops and advanced certifications. To date, NCCU houses five Certified Peer Reviewers who trained and qualified to serve on official Quality Matters peer review committees. Additionally, NCCU is one of two institutions recognized for having the most online courses within the University of North Carolina System to receive Quality Matters Certification and bear the seal of the Quality Matters Program.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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