Quality Matters (QM) at Framingham State University is an initiative, sponsored by CELTSS and the Offices of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, to provide faculty support to re-design online and blended courses according to QM national standards. These standards promote learning and engagement through a student focused, faculty managed, continuous quality improvement process.

There are two ways that you can become a part of the Quality Matters community:

Fall 2014 Cohort — The cohort is comprised of a Power Day (Thursday, August 21, 2014) and four meeting times throughout the fall semester.  Throughout the Power Day you will join other online faculty in discussing the eight General Standards of the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric and how to apply it to your online or blended courses. The four meetings provide an opportunity for collegial discussion about applying the standards to your online or blended course. It is an excellent opportunity to build a community with fellow online learning faculty. (More details are below)

Self-paced Online Workshop — If you have taught a specific online or blended course for a minimum of four semesters over a two year period, this self-paced workshop is for you! More details coming soon. (Launching Fall 2014)

Quality Matters Approved

To learn more about each faculty member’s Quality Matters experience, hover over each image.

Dr. Cynthia Bechtel
Advanced Technology
and Nursing

EdBurke150x150Edward Burke
Health Care
Seminar in Health
Care Administration

KimCochrane_120x120Kim Cochrane
Curriculum and
Children’s Literature

SusanC_150Dr. Susan Conrad
Professional Nursing

mcrosier_150Dr. Michael Crosier
Sports Nutrition

Dr. Aline Davis

Dr. Irene FosterDr. Irene Foster
Fashion Design
and Retailing
Global Market:
Dynamics of Retailing

Dr. Don LangenhorstDr. Don Langenhorst
Continuing Education
Internet for 21st
and Learning

Dr. Zhe LiDr. Zhe Li
Economics and

Dr. Pamela Ludemann
Child Psychology


Dr. Susan Mullaney
Tertiary Prevention

CindyPrehar150x150Dr. Cynthia Prehar
Social Psychology

whitbeck150x150Margaret Whitbeck,

Nutrition in the
School Environment



Quality Matters Program

Each spring, faculty members meet regularly to review the QM standards in advance of re-designing their course for an internal QM review. Conversations are led by Dr. Pat Luoto, Consumer Sciences Department and Robin Robinson, Education Technology Office.

If you are interested in participating in the Spring 2014 Cohort or want to become a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, contact rrobinson@framingham.edu.

QM Participants 2011-14

Sarah Adelman
John Ambacher
Cynthia Bechtel*
Rupal Bhatt
Lori Bihler
Pamela Bretschneider
Conny Breuning
Edward Burke*
Mary Burke
Brian Cacchiotti
Margaret Carroll
Kim Cochrane*
Marian Cohen
Kristin Comment
Susan Conrad*
Michael Crosier*
Susan Dargan
Aline Davis*
William Deane
Peter Dittami
Karen Druffel
Catherine Elder
Robert Ferrari
Irene Foster*
Bridgett Galvin
Evgenija Garbolevsky
Zhenguang Gao
Andrea Gorman
Patricia Hamblett
Michael Harrison
Denise Hobby
Lorretta Holloway
Ann Johnson
Francis Kemegue
Suban Krishnamoorthy
Don Langenhorst*
Zhe Li*
Pamela Ludemann*
Sarah Mabrouk
Halcyon Mancuso
Paulette Melanson
Deborah Merriam
Susan Mullaney*
Susan Mullins
Virginia Noon
Judith Otto
Lynn Parker
Cynthia Prehar*
Ruth Remington
Lorna Rinear
Nicole Rossi
Pamela Sebor-Cable
Janet Schwartz
Beverly Soriano
Patricia Thomas
Coleen Toronto
Margaret Whitbeck*
Julia Zoino-Jeannetti

*Course meets Quality Matters Standards

Spring Cohort

  1. The program begins with a Power Day in January, with a day-long Quality Matters Standards workshop session.
  2. Throughout the spring semester, faculty meet four times for a collegial discussion about how to apply the standards to their online or blended course.
  3. As the standards are discussed, faculty create or re-design online/blended courses.
  4. At the end of the program, faculty request a course review by an internal FSU QM Peer Review team.
  5. Faculty who have a course recognized as meeting QM standards will be recognized at the Day in May and have a Quality Matters certification added to their course.

To learn more contact rrobinson@framingham.edu.