Quality Progress - February 2014 - 13

Mr. Pareto Head BY MIKE CROSSEN BYTHENUMBERS The number of K-12 and higher education institutions that received Education Team Excellence Recognition Awards at the 21st annual National Quality Education Conference. The recipients are: Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Buenos Aires, Argentina. The team was honored for its improvement project to reduce the time to return test records. Ingenium Charter Elementary School, Canoga Park, CA. The team used continuous improvement to establish, monitor and evaluate an innovative data analysis process to drive outstanding results in student outcomes. Kaneland School District, Maple Park, IL. The team implemented a panel process in which multiple candidates are interviewed in one session. Kaneland Harter Middle School, Sugar Grove, IL. The team used quality tools to help students and parents during middle school transition. University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI. The team applied virtual modeling and lesson study to improve teacher performance and enhance students' critical thinking and learning outcomes. Visit http://nqec.asq.org for more details. 5 SHORTRUNS THE COORDINATE METROLOGY Society (CMS) has issued a call for papers for its 30th annual CMS Conference July 21-25 in North Charleston, SC. Abstracts for technical papers and presentations for the event must be received by March 14. For more information about presenting a technical paper at the conference, contact Scott Sandwith at presentations@cmsc.org. THE FOUNDATION FOR the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is accepting applications for its executive director position. The executive director reports to the foundation's chair and will have overall fundraising, outreach, strategic and operational responsibility for the foundation in its efforts to support the sustainability and growth of Baldrige. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and experience in advancing the foundation's mission as a donor-centric organization. For more information, email the search committee at info@baldrigefoundation.org. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW being accepted for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Applicants must submit eligibility forms to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program by April 1 (Feb. 18 if also submitting a nomination to the Board of Examiners). Application forms are due May 13 (April 29 if submitting on CD only). Forms and guidance for the award are available at www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/how_to_ apply.cfm. RESEARCH EVENT SLATED The American Society for Nondestructive Testing will host its 23rd annual research symposium March 24-27 in Minneapolis. For more information, visit www.asnt.org. A BUSINESS PROCESS framework has been released to help U.S. healthcare insurance organizations facilitate improvement through process management and benchmarking. The American Productivity & Quality Center, along with KPMG, an audit, advisory and tax services firm, developed the process classification framework to help U.S. healthcare insurance organizations in their process definition, benchmarking and content management activities. A copy of the document can be downloaded at www.apqc.org/processclassification-framework. February 2014 * QP 13 http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/how_to_apply.cfm http://www.asnt.org http://www.apqc.org/process-classification-framework http://nqec.asq.org http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - February 2014

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Learning From Experience
Choose Wisely
A Pathway for Patients
Hoist Help
3.4 per Million
Quality in the First Person
Measure for Measure
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outlook
SPECIAL SECTION: Six Sigma Resource Guide
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
Back to Basics

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