Quality Matters at UTC!

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters (QM), an internationally recognized, standards-based program, offers faculty quality assurance in online and hybrid course design with a focus on continuous improvement. Originating from a FIPSE grant, QM is a non-profit organization offering institutional subscriptions and a range of fee-based services, including QM-managed course reviews and a variety of professional development opportunities. UTC is a subscriber of Quality Matters. 

The Quality Matters program is rubric-based. The 43 standards are specific to higher education, are backed by research, and are nationally recognized as a means to improve course design. Other institutions using QM include Texas A&MMichigan State University , and UMass Boston . 

The Quality Matters Rubric

The Quality Matters rubric is designed to help institutions review their own courses across eight broad standards. 

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Learning Activities and Learner Interactions
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility and Usability

To view the rubric, you will need to create a Quality Matters account to get access to the QM Standards Rubric (abbreviated).

How to Prepare your Course for a Quality Matters Review

WCTL staff can assist faculty in designing new online and hybrid courses and reviewing current online and hybrid courses for alignment with Quality Matters standards. For information on how to prepare and submit your course for a QM review, go to our Quality Matters Course Certification Process webpage