SAN ANTONIO, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/26/13 -- Software Secure, the recognized leader and pioneer in secure, computer-based testing solutions and the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) today announced at the 2013 Annual ICAI International Conference, the formal launch of The Trusted Seal program and has awarded its first Integrity Excellence Certification to the University of West Alabama (UWA). The Livingston, Alabama-based institution's distance learning program took the first step towards achieving institutional integrity excellence certification with two of its distance learning courses being successfully reviewed for academic integrity standards. The integrity excellence certification, or The Trusted Seal, is a set of standardized criteria with which the integrity practices of online courses can be evaluated. The Trusted Seal will be awarded to online courses that meet a set of core criteria to educate, promote and protect academic integrity in the online learning environment. While the seal cannot ensure the integrity of a course, it is evidence that the instructor has designed the course according to "best practices" as recognized by leaders in educational integrity.
As the first academic institution to gain this certification, the University of West Alabama is substantiating its focus on quality in its distance education program. "Through continuous expansion and improvement, UWA strives to become a quality leader in online education -- earning this certification is part of our strategic initiative to provide quality to our students and community," said Dr. Kathy Chandler -- Dean of the College of Education at UWA. "This certification is an affirmation of the stringent standards we hold to as an institution of higher learning, as well as the hard work and integrity of our faculty and students."
"One of the key benefits of the Trusted Seal Certification is that it assures all stakeholders that there are quality standards being applied to our online program that are being audited annually, and confirmed effective by an outside company," added Michael Pratt, UWA's Director of Information Technology. "This communicates to our audiences that we are using the best-in-class standards and technologies to ensure we're protecting the integrity of our distance education programs. UWA's gaining of this certification demonstrates that our commitment to integrity and quality doesn't end at UWA's campus, but extends worldwide."
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