Quality Endeavors Issue No. 151

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September 2012

The recipients of the 2012 Leveraging Excellence Award are the Business Higher Education Forum and Rutgers University. The University of Central Florida received honorable mention recognition.

The purpose of the Leveraging Excellence Award is to recognize examples of innovation and improvement that have been implemented (‘leveraged’) beyond one department, campus, or institution. Key to the initiatives recognized by this award is their scalability. The Leveraging Excellence Award is based with the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI) and sponsored by the Follett Higher Education Group.

The Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) was recognized for its work to increase the number of U.S. students graduating in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). BHEF is comprised of leadership from Fortune 500 companies and prominent colleges and universities, collaborating to address issues of global competitiveness. Their work focuses on two programs: the College Readiness and Success Initiative and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics initiative.

Rutgers University was recognized for its Excellence in Higher Education (EHE) model, which expands on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award model to adapt it specifically to higher education. Also recognized with the award were seven institutions - American University, the California State University System, Loras College, Marist College, Rogue Community College, the University of Georgia, and the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center - that participated in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Challenge Project sponsored by the Lumina Foundation to implement the EHE/Baldrige model and document its impact.

The University of Central Florida received an honorable mention for its TLE TeachLIVE blended learning environment. The program allows teachers to develop their skills in a risk-free environment of classrooms populated with virtual children. TeachLIVE partners include the University of Kansas, Utah State University, West Virginia University, and Western Michigan University.

NCCI was formed in 1999 to advance academic and administrative excellence by sharing effective organizational practices. Currently NCCI has approximately 60 member institutions of higher education in 27 states and five additional countries. Penn State is a founding member of NCCI.