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New Directions for QM
Targeting Program Design Certification: Leveraging Quality Matters Standards for Program Continuous Improvement
Andria Schwegler, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Central Texas
With an institutional goal of demonstrating academic excellence through program-level accreditation/certification, but without an accrediting body for the MS in Educational Psychology - Experimental Psychology Program, we are looking to QM to help us ensure the quality of this online degree. We are implementing multiple program-level revisions and building evidence to support an application for QM Program Design Certification. This QM-driven initiative extends QM Standards "upward" to program-level continuous improvement processes.
Review examples of QM Standards that have been restated as program-level standards (e.g., Standard 5.1 "Program activities contribute to the achievement of the stated program learning objectives" and 5.4 "The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated").
Discuss QM-based revisions to course-level objectives and evaluate the impact of changes in course- level objectives on program- level objectives (i.e.g., review of alignment within the program).
discuss revisions to institutional processes and evaluate the impact of changes at the institution level on program- level activities (e.g., review of alignment in assessment after changes to course evaluation procedures).