All DMACC students deserve a quality educational experience, whether that is face to face or online. Signature Courses promote best practices, faculty collaboration, and continuous improvement, all of which benefit students. They also support faculty with limited time and/or experience designing online courses, leading to consistency and quality.
Signature Courses have been in use by colleges across the U.S. for over a decade and have proven effective in delivering on quality and consistency in learning. Some departments at DMACC have followed this model since as far back as 2009, and others have made Signature Courses available for faculty who chose to use them, though they were not required.
However, in Spring of 2018, the Online Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) team was tasked with evaluating quality and consistency in online courses. The team's report showed that DMACC Online courses could make significant improvements in these areas. To benefit the greatest number of students, they therefore recommended that the top 25 enrollment courses become DMACC's first required Signature Courses.
Cabinet approved the CPI team's plans in Spring 2018. In Fall 2019, the first of these 25 courses were implemented, and the remaining are expected to be completed soon.