Dr. Susan Seal’s business management course recognized as high quality


STARKVILLE, Miss.—Dr. Susan Seal’s Leadership Skills course (MGT 8113) has earned the Quality Matters (QM) certification mark following a rigorous review process.

The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of quality in online and blended course design and represents Dr. Seal’s ongoing commitment to creating learning environments that provide learners with a clear path to success.

The certification is the result of Dr. Seal’s dedication to continuous improvement, including the innovative work of Kiley Forsythe, Kenna Vowell, Taylor Yarbrough. The course is now listed in the QM directory of certified courses.

“This is our first-ever official Quality Matters exam, so it’s really exciting,” said Kiley Forsythe, instructional designer for the Center for Distance Education at Mississippi State University. “This process helped complete an online course that was excellent to outstanding. I’m very proud of our team and look forward to working towards more QM certified courses in the future.

The official QM exam has provided independent validation of the learner-focused quality course design found in MGT 8113. The exams are conducted by certified QM examiners and use the QM rubric and associated standards, which are based on research and best practices. A course earns the QM certification mark once it meets the QM rubric standards at 85% or better and meets all essential standards.

About Quality Matters at MSU

Mississippi State University uses the Quality Matters rubric as a guideline in the development and review of all courses. The QM rubric and process fits perfectly into our mission to provide quality online courses to students.

The Center for Distance Education (CDE) is a service unit of the University and extends educational opportunities to individuals through a variety of learning options in non-traditional program formats. The CDE provides leadership, coordination, and assistance in implementing the distance education programs offered by Mississippi State University. CDE’s mission is to engage people in achieving their lifelong educational goals through dynamic partnerships, purposeful programming, innovative technology, and quality customer service.

About Quality Matters

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Research-based. Guided by best practices. A community that puts learners first. Quality Matters (QM) is the leading global organization for quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM certification marks on courses or programs, it means they have passed QM course design standards or QM program review criteria through a rigorous review process.

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