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QM & Accreditation

While QM is not the complete answer to all of your accreditation and reporting needs, it can be supportive in a variety of areas if you understand how QM activities align with accreditation and reporting requirements.  With regards to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) Accreditation Process QM benefits UNA in the following ways:

Within the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement document, Section 3.3 refers to Institutional Effectiveness                                               

3.3  Institutional Effectiveness

3.3.1  The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas:

3.3.1.1 educational programs, to include student learning outcomes

 3.4 All Educational Programs

3.4.10  The institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of the curriculum with its faculty. (Responsibility for curriculum)

 3.4.12 The institution’s use of technology enhances student learning and is appropriate for meeting the objectives of its programs. Students have access to and training in the use of technology. (Technology use)

QM can also assists your accreditation process with the following:

  1. Accountability for the delivery and quality of online courses.  QM provides a framework to ensure consistent quality of online and blended courses.
  2. Institutional effectiveness. QM ensures the preeminence of student learning outcomes, assessment and measurement as the foundation of curriculum content integrity.
  3. Curriculum and instruction. QM ensures the appropriateness of the curriculum design for online and blended teaching and learning.
  4. Faculty involvement in curricula development. QM is an instrument that facilitates faculty involvement and understanding of online content and syllabus development.
  5. Technological delivery modes. QM ensures the appropriateness of the technology used for content delivery in supporting usability and attainment of learning outcomes and competencies.
  6. Training. QM provides a variety of opportunities for professional development.
  7. Interaction. QM establishes and adds to the delivery of online courses through a clear understanding and standards for ensuring adequate, quality interaction occurs in the virtual learning environment.
  8. Academic resources. QM ensures that course development includes information and links to resources that support online learners.
  9. Accessibility.  QM ensures that course development is inclusive of all learners, regardless of any accessibility issues.
  10. Course evaluation. QM can be provided to accrediting committees as an example of evaluating the quality of online courses.