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Application for Course to be QM Certified (formerly Category A)

(Learn about Category B-C here.)

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Maximize the number of QM certified online and hybrid courses offered by CSU.


  1. All full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty at CSU are eligible to apply for an online course improvement grant.
  2. Faculty must successfully complete the initial Quality Matters (QM) course Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) and maintain this training inline with future QM APPQMR updates. 
  3. Course must have been taught (either face-to-face or online) at least 2 times in the past 36 months.
  4. The proposer does NOT need to have taught the course previously, but preference may be given to those who have.
  5. Grants are limited to course improvements.

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The criteria for an Internal Review Course Improvement Grant is that the course has not been QM certified, but meets all 23 QM Essential Standards.

It is the responsibility of the Course Developer to ensure that all 23 QM Essential Standards are met and that the course requires minimal updates when the review is begun.  A grant subcommittee will verify these standards are met before awarding the grant. If deemed “not met” the course will be returned for revision.

This course will then undergo an internal peer-based QM course review resulting in receipt of the QM Certification Mark. The Mark recognizes that the course meets 100% of the 23 QM Essential Standards AND at least 85% of all Specific Review Standards (receives at least 85 of 100 possible points).

The award for this category is a $750 stipend.

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Recipients must agree to present, if selected, at a CSU faculty forum during the next regular academic year (fall or spring) following the one in which the work was done, provided they successfully completed the course improvement grant process.

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Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis year round. While it is expected that most will be granted, grants are not automatic and will depend on review of the proposal materials, chair approval, as well as the availability of funding. A six to eight week turnaround for the QM review is the goal. The course improvement deadline will be determined by your review team.

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Application Requirements

  1. A QM Self-Review of the course as it exists at the time of the proposal must be produced using the online tool available through MyQM. This should be attached to your online submission form in PDF format. For instructions on how to access this tool view the video .
  2. The Self-review will be submitted with the Banner application (see Submission Steps that follow).
  3. An MOU will be completed and e-mailed to the QM Coordinator as part of the application.
  4. Proposal restrictions:
    1. Grantees may only have one grant award active at the same time.
    2. Only one instance of a course (e.g., ENGL 1101) may have an active grant award at the same time.

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Submission Steps

  1. Complete the QM Course Review Application (will be forwarded to chair for approval):
    1. Log into MyCSU
    2. Select the "Faculty" tab (left side menu)
    3. Log into Banner SIS
    4. Select the Faculty Services Tab
    5. Select Online Course Improvement Grant Application
    6. Fill out and submit
  2. Attach the QM self-review of your course.

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