Stevenson’s Graduate Forensic Studies Courses Garner “Quality Matters” Certification

May 16, 2014 7 AM

Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional and Studies announced this week that two of its Master’s of Science in Forensic Studies courses have earned certification by the Quality Matters Program (QM) on their first review.

The courses receiving the certification are FSCOR 604 – Evidence and FSCOR 606 – Forensic Journal Research and Review.

“This certification is an important step in the evolution of the online programs here at Stevenson,” said Joyce Becker, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “Associate Professor Maria Howell and Professor Carolyn Johnson worked with Nadine Edwards, Coordinator for Distance Learning, and each should be commended for their hard work with the development of these online courses.”

Quality Matters provides a national benchmark for online course design and utilizes a continuous improvement model for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review.

QM certification involves a faculty-centered review of courses using a nationally standardized rubric. The points from the 21 specific standards are totaled and the final score must reach the 85% or greater percentage mark (81/95 points). Courses also must meet all 21 essential standards to become QM recognized. Both FSCOR courses received 95 points or 100 percent of the points necessary to be certified.

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