The Maricopa Community Colleges Director Steven Crawford Earns Quality Matters Award For Exceptional Service

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept 29, 2020 - The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Crawford, District Director of the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation, has been awarded Quality Matters’ (QM) Director’s Award for Exceptional Service representing Higher Education.

QM, a global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments, presents the Award for Exceptional Service to members of the QM community who have gone above and beyond common service to the organization. These individuals make extraordinary contributions to QM’s quality assurance efforts with online and/or blended education at institutions, and for learners.

“Dr. Crawford demonstrates his commitment to quality instruction and faculty support every day," said Dr. Karla Fisher, MCCCD Provost. “We are proud to have him and his service to the Maricopa Community Colleges recognized through this QM award."

Crawford will be recognized alongside other award recipients at this year’s QM Connect LX conference — an expanded, online version of its annual conference — October 22-23 and 26-28, 2020.

With the education landscape continuing to shift in response to COVID-19 — and the demand for online learning increasing — the annual conference was reimagined to support the changing needs of the education community and to provide access to as many educators as possible during these uncertain times.

This year’s theme — “Bring Quality Into Focus” — supports educators who want to build on this spring’s move to emergency remote instruction as well as online veterans who strive for continual improvement in their efforts to create engaging learning experiences that drive student success. Attendees will be able to choose from a variety of activities — including interactive workshops, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, Course Checkups, and networking events — to best meet their personal needs and goals.

“The QM Connect LX conference unites our community in a forum focused specifically on the quality of the student learning experience,” said QM’s Executive Director Dr. Deb Adair. “As educators rethink online learning and campus faculty lean into online tools and pedagogy for quality teaching and learning online, the conference provides the opportunity for us to face our challenges together, and, more importantly, to learn from each other in a fun, supportive environment that can help educators better understand the student perspectives."

While new elements such as Course Checkups — small group meetings focused on specific course challenges — have been added, the conference will still feature familiar elements, including a keynote address. This year’s keynote speaker, Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, will highlight the challenges of the digital divide and the need for it to be addressed nationally.

To learn more about QM Connect LX and to register, please visit


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About The Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.

About Quality Matters

Grounded in research. Driven by best practices. A community that puts learners first. 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.