Quality Matters Program

Quality Matters (QM) has been implemented to establish and ensure the quality of distance learning courses offered at CNM.

The Quality Matters Program is a nationally recognized peer-review process that focuses on the continuous improvement of online courses. QM was developed by Maryland Online and was designed by faculty, for faculty, and is focused on the improvement of student learning. The peer-review process is designed to certify the quality of online courses. Through the review, faculty use the QM rubric which provides a set of shared standards of best practice.

As part of Innovation and Instructional Support's Quality Statement, QM supports creating an environment of continuous quality improvement that supports and strengthens CNM’s mission, vision, values and goals.

The Official Quality Matters 6th Edition Rubric is the standard for design and continuous improvement of courses in Higher Education. This rubric is also available in checklist format online. Sign in with your CNM credentials to gain access. This rubric is provided to support the CNM Self-Review for Faculty Checklist, not as a substitute.  

Introduction to QM (INTRO2QM) 

This facilitated workshop introduces participants to the QM Quality Assurance System. A brief overview of QM is provided, followed by an exploration into the question, “Why QM?” QM Rubrics and the types of course reviews are introduced. Participants should plan on approximately 6 hours of classwork over the two-week period.   

Training Dates and Registration Information in can be found on the IIS Calendar

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) 

Learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course. Participants should plan for at least 10 to 15 hours of time per week to spend on achieving the learning objectives.  This is usually a 2-week workshop and has been expanded to 3 weeks to allow more time for completion. 

Training Dates and Registration Information in can be found on the IIS Calendar