The Quality Matters program is a faculty-centered, peer review process to certify the quality of online courses and online components. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its faculty-centered approach to continuous improvement in online education. West Virginia University became a member of Quality Matters in February 2012.
The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric (Fifth Edition) consists of 8 general standards and 43 specific criteria that describe best practices in online and blended course design. The QM process is designed to be continuous, centered, collegial and collaborative. The rubric is based on best practices that promote student learning and effective instructional design principles. The rubric is supported by a thorough review of the literature and is updated every three years to reflect new techniques and technologies that have become available.