Quality Matters

The Quality Matters program has been implemented to establish and ensure the quality of distance learning courses offered at CNM. As part of the Distance Learning Departments Quality Statement, Quality Matters supports creating an environment of continuous quality improvement that supports and strengthens CNM’s mission, vision, values and goals.

What is Quality Matters?

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 with 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.


  • Improvement of student learning in online courses
  • Increase student retention in online courses
  • Continuous improvement of online courses
  • Ongoing professional development opportunity for faculty
  • College service

Quality Matters Resources

Quality Matters Self-Assessment Checklist- This checklist can assist you in reviewing your course and identifying and determining that all course components are present and meet QM standards.

Quality Matters Rubric 2011-2013