News ShortsAnnouncements and accomplishments.
Coastal Carolina University becomes a Quality Matters institution
Coastal Carolina University recently became a Quality Matters institution. "Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses" according to the website at http://www.qmprogram.org/.
In the fall of 2003, MarylandOnline Inc. began a three-year grant funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) entitled "Quality Matters: Inter-Institutional Quality Assurance in Online Education." QM has become a nonprofit organization that provides tools and training to ensure quality in online education. QM provides a set of standards (The QM Rubric) to help guide the design of online courses and provides a peer review process between faculty to gauge online and blended courses based upon these standards. The development of the QM standards was based upon an extensive literature review.
To inform the CCU community about the benefits of Quality Matters, the TEAL Center in Kimbel Library is hosting a series of face-to-face trainings as well as online orientations to the program. To learn more about Quality Matters, visit Coastal's Quality Matters website (http://libguides.coastal.edu/qualitymatters), contact Jacob Bane in TEAL Center or sign-up for training on the TEAL Center's website at http://www.coastal.edu/teal/training.
Martin has a new book out
Pamela Martin, associate professor of politics, has a new book, Oil in the Soil: The Politics of Paying to Preserve the Amazon, published irecently by Rowman & Littlefield.
In this work, Martin analyzes the campaign to save the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) block of Yasuní National Park in Ecuador's Amazon and the global networks that have resulted in one of the world's most innovative plans to save the Amazon and other biodiverse places on our planet.
In a cover blurb, Elizabeth DeSombre from Wellsley College praises Martin for presenting "a fascinating case study" that is "dramatic" and "important for those trying to envision a new way forward in preventing climate change and conserving biodiversity."
ITS staffers win major award
Justin Essary from the Office of ITS and Holly Legg from the Office of Institutional Research won the inaugural 2011 Grand Strand Leadership and Innovation Award for Technology Advancement for their key roles in the development, implementation and maintenance of the TEAL Online system for the University.
Essary is a web applications programmer in Information Technology Services, and Legg is assessment coordinator in Institutional Research, Assessment & Analysis.
TEAL Online is a comprehensive repository system for collecting assessment data, establishing information autoflow and generating reflective reports. This complex web-based enterprise-class application was designed through the collaborative efforts among several Coastal Carolina University departments, Institutional Research and ITS. The award is sponsored by the Grand Strand Technology Council.
Women's leadership training seminar at CCU in January
For the second straight year, Coastal Carolina University will host the Elect Her – Campus Women Win training program. This year's event is set for Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Kline Hospitality Suite at Brooks Stadium.
Elect Her – Campus Women Win is a program that encourages and trains young women to run for student government on their campuses and, ultimately, for elected and leadership positions following graduation. This 4-year-old program is a collaborative effort between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the nonprofit organization Running Start.
According to the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, South Carolina ranks last in the nation for the percentage (8.8 percent) of women elected to serve in the state legislature (Colorado leads the nation with 41 percent). In the current S.C. legislature, there are no women senators and only 16 women serving in the House of Representatives. The Elect Her – Campus Women Win initiative aims to close the long-standing political leadership gender gap by empowering and training women to run for office at all levels, including leadership positions at colleges and universities.
Registration is free and open to CCU students, but space is only available for the first 50 students who sign up. Registration is coordinated through the Office of University Activities and Leadership. For more information, contact the office at 843-349-2301.