Self-assessment against iNACOL standards
All online courses must be assessed against iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses prior to their submission to UC for “a-g” review. For an online course to be considered for “a-g” approval, it must fulfill all 15 of the UC-identified “power standards” and satisfy at least 27 of the remaining standards.
Conducting a self-assessment
The online course self-assessment is embedded into the new course submission form used for “a-g” review via the A-G Course Management Portal (CMP). A paper version of the Online Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] is available to assist in completing the assessment process offline, but the results must be re-entered into the new course submission form.
Once the course self-assessment is completed, the A-G CMP will conduct an instantaneous review. If the course meets all 15 of the UC-identified "power standards" and at least 27 of the remaining iNACOL standards, the course author may proceed with their course submission.
Every three years, a self-assessment must be re-conducted against the iNACOL course standards before an online course is re-reviewed by UC for “a-g” approval. The A-G CMP will notify the institution when a course’s “a-g” approval will expire.