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CLC course is quality certified

Central Lakes College instructor Julie Austin's World Literature class was recognized as Quality Matters-certified by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative.

Central Lakes College instructor Julie Austin's World Literature class was recognized as Quality Matters-certified by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative.

Austin's course is one of 243 higher education courses nationwide to be given the honor this year by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative, an organization using peer review of online or blended courses for Quality Matters recognition.

Each of the recognized courses has been formally reviewed in a peer review process and meets Quality Matters standards. Each faculty member has received a certificate and a QM seal to display on their course materials.

This is Austin's second course to receive the QM certification. Her first was Composition II in 2014.

"The QM review is rigorous and stressful, but it is worth the time and effort," Austin said in a release. "Having a QM-certified class lets me know that my course is designed with the students in mind, is user friendly, and addresses the different learning styles and needs of the students enrolled in the course. Also, QM certification is a great way to increase student retention, a college-wide goal."

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Since 2013, CLC has had eight courses receive the QM certification.

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