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” from the iNACOL course 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 (A-G 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 entered online 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.