Don't just take it from us. Here's what leaders say:
“America’s economic future—the health of our children and our grandchildren, the defense of those American values that we support—is dependent upon all kids in every neighborhood, urban or rural. We are committed to that, and Baldrige has helped us on our journey.”
—Mary Searcy Bixby, Founder, President, and CEO, Charter School of San Diego, 2015 Baldrige Award Recipient
"For Missouri to compete in today's global economy, our students need to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers. To accomplish that goal we need a comprehensive approach that includes not just more resources, but also higher expectations, greater accountability, and a commitment to excellence at every level. . . . With a proven record of improving performance and outcomes, the Baldrige program is an important tool to help . . . deliver real results for our students and our economy."
—Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
"We have dedicated ourselves to being systematic in the use of the Baldrige continuous improvement process, and . . . we've seen student achievement go up in ways that we never thought imaginable. We've become more efficient and more effective. And these successes aren't just figures and statistics; they do change lives. And in the process, we've become an innovative force in education."
—JoAnn Sternke, superintendent, Pewaukee School District, 2013 Baldrige Award recipient
"Baldrige [offers] the only Education Criteria that actually [enable a school system] to compare itself against other organizations ... that show you what world-class looks like. . . . When we improve, children are successful."
—Dr. Terry Holliday, Former Superintendent, Iredell-Statesville Schools, 2008 Baldrige Award Recipient
"This presidential recognition honors Richland College's serious commitment to and passion for student learning success and our vital mission of teaching, learning, and building a sustainable local and world community."
—Dr. Stephen K. Mittelstet, President, Richland College, 2005 Baldrige Award Recipient
"It is a privilege to accept [the Baldrige Award] on behalf of Monfort College's faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. We are here because of their continued commitment to performance excellence and investment in the approach of viewing yesterday's performance as an opportunity for a better tomorrow."
—Joe F. Alexander, Dean, Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business, 2004 Baldrige Award Recipient
"Baldrige really gave us a framework to measure our entire system rather than just look at student test results on a couple of content areas."
—Bob Crumley, Superintendent, Chugach School District, 2001 Baldrige Award Recipient