Piedmont Community College (PCC) is dedicated to providing a high-quality education for less in Person and Caswell counties. The College recently earned the Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark following a rigorous review process for two courses: College Transfer Success ( ACA 122 ) and General Biology I ( BIO 111 ).

The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of online and blended course design quality and represents PCC’s ongoing commitment to creating learning environments that provide learners with a clear pathway to success.

The certification is the result of PCC’s dedication to continuous improvement, including the innovative work of Katie Hester, Biology Instructor and Nancy Rouse, Instructor Psychology. Due to their foresight and dedication, PCC’s ACA 122 and BIO 111 courses are now listed on the  QM directory of certified courses.

“The Quality Matters Official Review provided the opportunity to reflect on this course and examine it from the learner perspective,” said Don Miller, Dean, Distance Learning & Learning Commons. “From accessibility to learner engagement to assessments, the review used internationally-recognized Standards and best practices to examine critical course components related to the learner experience and ultimately learner success.”  

The QM Official Review provided independent validation of the quality, learner-focused course design found in both College Transfer Success ( ACA 122 ) and General Biology I ( BIO 111 ). Reviews are conducted by QM-Certified Reviewers and use the Quality Matters Rubric and associated Standards, which are based on research and best practices. A course earns the QM Certification Mark once it meets QM Rubric Standards at the 85% threshold or better and meets all Essential Standards. 

About Piedmont Community College

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, Piedmont Community College is a welcoming environment for all students. In fact, alumni and current students alike value the individual attention received by faculty and staff, often sharing that PCC’s atmosphere offers the opportunity for growth in and out of the classroom.


Considered the Hometown College of residents in Person and Caswell counties, PCC’s Team encourages students to participate in student and community events and organizations to broaden their collegiate experience, as well as to strengthen their leadership skills. Learn more at  www.piedmontcc.edu.

About Quality Matters

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.

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