QM Involvement Supports Institution Accreditation Efforts

This is a guest post from one of our Master Reviewers.

Author: Deborah Allen, Anoka Technical College

If you are preparing for a Higher Learning Commission (“HLC”) visit having a Quality Matters’ Implementation Plan in place is a great idea! Our college (Anoka Technical College) recently had their HLC visit and we asked for 5% of our programs to be allowed to go online. Showing that the college takes online education seriously by having a QM Implementation Plan in place, QM trainings going on at our campus and having reviews started at our college impressed the HLC team and we were granted the right to have an unlimited amount of online programs offered at our college.

In the breakout session with the Anoka Technical College’s Online Committee the reviewer was asking what we were doing on our campus for online education and we were fully prepared for this visit. The reviewer even asked how to do something in her online course that she taught and the online committee was able to help the reviewer with her problem.

It really does not take a whole lot of time to complete the QM Implementation Plan, but it does take dedicated faculty and administration to make sure that you are able to follow through with what you put on the plan. Our college was quite conservative with numbers on the plan so that we are able to meet the commitment of the plan.

If you have an upcoming HLC visit, having a QM Implementation Plan in place is pronounced way to show the team that your college is serious about offering quality online courses.


Deborah Allen is an instructor at Anoka Technical College.  She is an experienced Certified QM Master Reviewer and has had two of her own courses go through the review process to become QM-certified courses.

Two Institutions have Implementation Plans Recognized by QM

Two MnSCU institutions have recently been recognized by Quality Matters for their institution-wide implementation plans.  Northland Community & Technical College and Anoka Technical College each submitted a three-year plan for institutional implementation of Quality Matters.  The plans were reviewed and approved by the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council.  Implementation plans include information about how an institution will support faculty by providing professional development related to QM as well as any plans for informal or formal course reviews.

There are currently a number of institutions in the United States with recognized implementation plans. A complete list can be viewed here. As part of a having a recognized implementation plan, institutions are expected to submit annual progress reports to Quality Matters. Institutions with approved implementation plans receive a special seal that can be used to publicize this recognition.

To learn more about how to get started with an implementation plan, please contact your campus Institution Representative or the statewide Institution Representatives.