Kent State College of Business Administration Only Online MBA with Quality Matters Program Design Certification in the Nation

KENT, Ohio – The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University's Online MBA program recently became the first and only Online MBA program in the nation to earn Quality Matters Program Design Certification.

Quality Matters™ (QM) is an international, faculty-centric, nonprofit organization focused on improving design and certifying the quality of online and hybrid courses. According to the Quality Matters website, the certification recognizes programs that are designed around measurable learning objectives or competencies. In addition to the College’s Online MBA program, the College’s Certified Business Advisor (CBA) Certificate also earned QM Online Program Design Certification.

“The Online Program Design certification highlights the College’s commitment to ensuring that quality is upheld by ensuring courses align to measurable program outcomes, are designed by QM-knowledgeable faculty and distance learning staff, and reviewed every few years to ensure they are meeting QM standards,” said Amy Grincewicz, Director of Instructional Design for the College of Business Administration.

According to Grincewicz, a QM certified course illustrates that the course is student-friendly, consistent, logical and easy to navigate. QM Online Program Design Certification recognizes online programs offering courses that are well aligned with program learning outcomes. Quality Matters standards guide course developers in creating the most effective learning experiences. All of Kent State’s Online MBA core courses are QM certified.

The Kent State Online MBA program has been recognized among the best programs in the nation by a number of rankings organizations. The Online MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics ranked No. 25 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2021. The Online MBA program ranked No. 26 by the Princeton Review in 2021 and No. 35 in the nation in Fortune’s Best Online MBA Programs 2021 ranking.

“Kent State University values its Students First approach to higher education. Obtaining QM Online Program Design Certification for our MBA and CBA programs reflects our commitment to quality and positive student experiences in learning,” said Cathy L.Z. DuBois, associate dean for graduate and online programs at the College of Business Administration.

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About the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University

Kent State University’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both business and accounting. The college boasts 11 undergraduate majors, 14 minors, three graduate certificates, an undergraduate Professional Sales Certificate program; master’s degrees in accounting, business administration (Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Business Administration), business analytics and economics; as well as a Ph.D. program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing. For more information about Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University visit


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POSTED: Friday, June 11, 2021 12:09 PM
Updated: Friday, July 7, 2023 12:52 PM
Joni Bowen