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Trusted Seal of Integrity Program

Software Secure, Inc. and the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) have partnered to offer the Trusted Seal Program™, a set of standardized criteria with which the integrity practices of online courses can be evaluated. An industry first, the program is endorsed by leaders in online academic integrity solutions and best practices.

The Trusted Seal Program

Software Secure, Inc. and the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) have partnered to develop the Trusted Seal Program, endorsed by leaders in online academic integrity solutions and best practices, to evaluate the integrity practices of online courses. The Trusted Seal Program has at its core a set of essential criteria that an online course must meet in order to be “Integrity Excellence Certified”. These criteria, founded in academic integrity research, are measured with an ICAI-endorsed rubric that focuses on two standard practices; to educate and inform, and to promote and protect academic integrity in the online learning environment. The ultimate goal of the Trusted Seal Program is to provide a resource to the greater academic community by which online course integrity can be standardized across institutions.

The Trusted Seal Rubric

The foundation of the Trusted Seal Program is a set of standards of best practices in academic integrity that have been selected from the recommendations published in the academic literature and vetted by the ICAI. The Trusted Seal Rubric is a summary of these best practices, when applied via a peer-review process, assesses the level at which integrity best practices are implemented in online and hybrid courses.

How Does it Work?

The Trusted Seal Program evaluates, with a peer-reviewed, ICAI-vetted rubric, hybrid and online courses for best practices in academic integrity. Individual online or hybrid courses receive a rubric “score” based upon the recommendations of three reviewers trained in the implementation of the rubric and endorsed by ICAI to be knowledgeable in the subject of academic integrity. Those courses that pass peer review by ICAI subject matter experts will be vested with the ‘Trusted Seal of Integrity’, a symbol of excellence in those practices that safeguard academic integrity in the online environment. The ultimate goal is to provide a tool, endorsed by leaders in online academic integrity solutions and best practices, to the greater academic community by which online course integrity can be standardized across institutions.

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