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Benedict College Theatre Appreciation Course Receives Quality Matters Certification for Course Design

Linda Khoury

Columbia, SC – May 10, 2024 – Instructor Linda Khoury’s, (pictured left), THE 230 Theatre Appreciation course at Benedict College earned the Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark following a rigorous review process. The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of online and blended course design quality and represents Khoury’s ongoing commitment to creating learning environments that provide students with a clear pathway to success.

The certification is the result of Khoury’s dedication to continuous improvement, including the innovative work of instructional designer Scott Blanks. The course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses. “The Quality Matters Official Review provided the opportunity to reflect on the course and examine it from the student perspective,” said Linda Khoury, Instructor, Communications and Arts. “From accessibility to learner engagement and assessments, the review used internationally recognized standards and best practices to examine critical course components related to the learner experience and ultimately student success.”

Scott Blanks

Benedict College has devoted a great deal of resources and training to expand our online curriculum. We are committed to delivering the best possible online courses that are learner focused and active engagement centered,” said Scott Blanks, (pictured right), Director, Center for Teaching and Learning. “Certification through Quality Matters’ rigorous review process means that our course meets the highest standards in online education. Theatre Appreciation is our first, but our faculty are ready to produce many more.”


About Quality Matters

Grounded in research. Driven by best practices. A community that puts learners first. Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.                                             

About Benedict College (www.benedict.edu)

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution offering 26 competitive baccalaureate degree programs and two master’s degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. The College also has a diverse faculty deeply engaged in teaching, research, and service. 

Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications.   Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest. Benedict College was listed among the top half of ranked HBCUs in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges by US News and World Report.

Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Five of the College’s degree programs hold national accreditation: Social Work Program, Environmental Health Science Program, Environmental Engineering, Studio Art, and the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

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