Milwaukee, Wisconsin (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
Six teams from K–12 and higher education institutions have been named finalists in the Education Team Excellence Recognition Awards. The awards, which showcase the nation’s most outstanding improvement efforts, will be presented at the 20th annual National Quality Education Conference sponsored by ASQ.
Live finalist presentations will take place during the conference from Sunday, Nov. 11 to Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Ky. The award ceremony is Monday, Nov. 12. This year’s finalists include:
•Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville, Ind. — Project: Improving Customer Satisfaction During the First Week of School in the Office of Transportation - Monday, Nov. 12, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. This project focused on improving service in the bus transportation office during the first week of school, while increasing customer satisfaction and adhering to the strategic plan. This involved streamlining the way students are enrolled and routed. This process has been the springboard for operational excellence in the Office of Transportation.
•Kaneland Schools, Maple Park and Sugar Grove, Ill. (3 teams) —
•Ramaiah Institute of Management Studies Bangalore, India — Project: Employability Sunday, Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Studies show that only about 25 percent of graduate students are employable after graduation. This project will demonstrate how quality methods can be instrumental in helping to close the achievement gap and help ensure these students are gaining skills that match industry expectations.
•Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. — Project: Using the Tools of Six Sigma to Teach Six Sigma—A Case Study of Applying DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) to a Heterogeneous Student Population - Sunday, November 11, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The project established a Six Sigma Green Belt course using tools, techniques and methods of Lean Six Sigma to help an academically and professionally diverse group pass the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt exam. It followed DMAIC as a roadmap through the material and a methodology to instruction by using the tools to improve the exam process.
The Education Team Excellence Recognition Process recognizes teams who are improving educational outcomes, stakeholder involvement and school quality. Past honorees have used the plan, do, study, act (PDSA) method and other tools to improve math scores, close the achievement gap between schools and lower employee healthcare costs by operating a highly efficient medical center within a school district. During the conference, the nine finalist teams will showcase their projects’ successes. It’s a great opportunity to learn from other educators’ best practices.
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at ASQ.org.