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Building a Quality Assurance Regime for Post-SARA Online Education: A State Regulator's Perspective
Tim Gallimore, Associate Vice President, University of North Carolina
Associate vice president for academic planning and state authorization at the University of North Carolina--General Administration. Served Higher Learning Commission as Vice President for Accreditation Relations. Served as Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs at Missouri Department of Higher Education. Was Spokesperson for Prosecutor of UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Robust quality assurance will be needed under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). Quality assurance is difficult in the authorization process. Regulators rely on accreditors to review and assure quality in the distance/online education space. Major changes will be needed in accreditation practices for vetting the online capability of institutions to ensure the equivalence of online education with on-ground courses. QM Peer Reviewers are in a unique position to contribute to a robust regional accreditation review and certification of online providers.
Identify current practices for reviewing online education programs.
Assist faculty peer reviewers, accreditors, and state policy makers to develop and implement better practices for assuring quality in online education.
Understand the need for state regulators to ensure education quality.