“What we’ve launched has been a long time coming,” says Daniel DeMarte, vice president for student learning and chief academic officer. “Our pilot peer group has set the standard for others to follow. And it’s our goal to have more Quality Matters courses than any other community college in the Commonwealth by the end of the year.”
Pilot peer reviewed faculty were Patricia Heft, CST 126; Diane Ryan, CST 100; Jeannie Taylor, MTH 121; and Carole Whitener, CHD 120.
“Initially, I wasn’t sure I wanted to open my course for criticism from anyone other than my students,” Whitener says. “But for more years than I am prepared to admit, I have tweaked this course, never fully satisfied that it met my standards. The reviewers’ comments and recommendations were spot on and will yield further improvements.”
Adds Heft, “The whole Quality Matters process is very good and I believe all faculty would benefit from this type of training.”
“It’s all about student success,” Ryan says. “It’s really important that students understand how the course works and what they are supposed to learn from the onset.”
“I knew I had a good course, but now I have the QM seal to prove it,” Taylor says. “Even though I met all of the standards, there were some really good suggestions from the reviewers on ways I can improve specific items to make the course even better.”