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Baldrige by Sector: Education

Why do so many education organizations around the country use the Education Criteria for Performance Excellence? The Baldrige Criteria provide a comprehensive way to achieve and sustain high performance across the entire organization. Education organizations such as business schools; community colleges; centuries-old universities; and K-12 school districts in Chicago, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma—as well as one covering 22,000 square miles in Alaska—use the Baldrige Criteria to improve their schools and their students’ education. Your education organization can do the same.

How Baldrige Relates

The Baldrige Criteria address all key areas of a running a successful education organization and are compatible with other performance improvement initiatives, such as School Improvement Planning, ISO 9000, Lean, and Six Sigma.  Using the Baldrige framework, you can organize and integrate these approaches, improve productivity and effectiveness, and pursue performance excellence.

Improve Your Results

Whether your organization is a K-12 school or system, a community college, a university, or another type of education organization, the Baldrige Criteria are a valuable framework for measuring performance and planning in an uncertain environment. The Criteria help education organizations achieve and sustain the highest national levels of

  • student learning outcomes
  • customer satisfaction and engagement
  • product and service outcomes, and process efficiency
  • workforce satisfaction and engagement
  • budgetary, financial, and market results
  • social responsibility


See what the Baldrige Criteria can do for your organization and learn the value of the Baldrige process.