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The Official Baldrige Blog

See Updated Economic Impacts of Baldrige Excellence in Every State

Person pointing finger on the state of texas on U.S. map.
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Recent Data, Searchable by State

Did you know that you can easily access and download concise data about the economic benefits of Baldrige in all 50 states across the country, plus the District of Columbia, from the Baldrige Program’s website? As an example, let’s take a look at the latest data on the impacts of Baldrige in Texas (PDF).

Texas Participants in the Baldrige Award Process

The state of Texas is home to 19 organizations that have received Baldrige Awards. Those organizations represent nearly every sector of the U.S. economy. They include seven small businesses (with one two-time Baldrige Award recipient, Texas Nameplate Company, Inc. (PDF), five manufacturing businesses, a service business, three health care organizations, two education organizations, and one nonprofit (a municipal government).

What’s more, between 2005 and 2019, 91 organizations that participated in the annual Baldrige Award process have been based in Texas. Six Baldrige Award applicants from Texas in the past three years (2017 through 2019) alone represent 20,909 jobs, 178 work locations, over $868 million in revenues/budgets, and an estimated 3.9 billion customers served. 

Through the rigorous performance evaluations provided as part of the Baldrige Award process, all applicant organizations from Texas over the years have received comprehensive feedback reports to help them improve work processes and results. Of course, the Baldrige evaluation feedback ultimately promoted the Texas-based organizations’ long-term success and, in turn, the economy of the state—and ultimately, the nation’s economy.

Spotlight on Baldrige Award Winner: Alamo Colleges District

2018 Baldrige Award Recipient The Alamo Colleges District photo showing Alamo Colleges District instructor Richard Jewell teaching a turbine engine class at St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus.
Alamo Colleges District instructor Richard Jewell teaching a turbine engine class at St. Philip's College Southwest Campus.
Credit: The Alamo Colleges District

A recent Baldrige Award recipient from Texas is Alamo Colleges District, the largest provider of higher education in South Texas. Its five independent colleges provide two-year degrees that focus on preparing students to transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions and workforce development programs that help build new careers and meet the needs of businesses. The organization also encompasses ten education and training centers that offer a wide range of education and training for the community and military; and three district support operations centers.

A few achievements of Alamo Colleges District:

  • 150% increase in four-year graduation rate, the best in the state
  • Increase in scholarship awardees from 580 to 2,175, plus increase in amount awarded in scholarships from $500,000 to over $2 million
  • Doubling in number of degrees and certificates awarded over four years, three times the state norm
  • 88.4% student satisfaction with the overall educational experience, more than two points higher than the national norm  

Like most other Baldrige Award recipients, Alamo Colleges District first received a top-tier, state or regional award for its high performance in an evaluation based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence (part of the Baldrige Excellence Framework). In 2016, Alamo Colleges District earned the Governor’s Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) of the Quality Texas Foundation. The feedback report that the organization received through the TAPE evaluation helped it improve its work processes and results.

Quality Texas Foundation

As a partner program serving organizations in its home state, the Quality Texas Foundation (QTF) relies on the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program to develop and distribute the Baldrige Excellence Framework and related resources that help organizations in its region improve their performance. In this way, the federal Baldrige Program and its private-sector partner programs in the nonprofit Alliance for Performance Excellence (which counts QTF as a member) together help strengthen the entire U.S. economy. The journey to excellence of Alamo Colleges District, supported by evaluation services it received from both the national and state-level Baldrige programs, is just one example of how the Baldrige enterprise benefits America.

“Baldrige evaluation feedback ultimately promoted the Texas organizations’ long-term success and, in turn, the economy of the state—and ultimately, the nation’s economy.”

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program

Just as Alliance for Performance Excellence programs support business, nonprofit, health care, and education organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway toward performance excellence for organizations that provide long-term and post-acute care services.

The AHCA/NCAL program is based on the core values and award criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. It offers tiered awards at Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels that represent a progression toward full assessment (at the Gold level) of an organization’s performance in all seven categories of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

For 2019, AHCA/NCAL reported six skilled-nursing facilities in the state of Texas as Silver Award recipients, along with 20 Bronze Award recipients (including 19 skilled-nursing facilities and one assisted-living organization).

See how your state is now benefiting from the nationwide network of nonprofit programs that support continuous improvement, innovation, and excellent performance by organizations of every size and sector using the Baldrige Excellence Framework!

2019-2020 Baldrige Excellence Framework Business/Nonprofit cover artwork

Baldrige Excellence Framework

The Baldrige Excellence Framework has empowered organizations to accomplish their missions, improve results, and become more competitive. It includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence, core values and concepts, and guidelines for evaluating your processes and results.

Purchase your copy today!

Available versions: Business/Nonprofit, Education, and Health Care

About the author

Christine Schaefer

Christine Schaefer is a longtime staff member of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP). Her work has focused on producing BPEP publications and communications. She also has been highly involved in the Baldrige Award process, Baldrige examiner training, and other offerings of the program.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and a double major, receiving highest distinction for her thesis in the interdisciplinary Political & Social Thought Program. She also has a master's degree from Georgetown University, where her studies and thesis focused on social and public policy issues. 

When not working, she sits in traffic in one of the most congested regions of the country, receives consolation from her rescued beagles, writes poetry, practices hot yoga, and tries to cultivate a foundation for three kids to direct their own lifelong learning (and to PLEASE STOP YELLING at each other—after all, we'll never end wars if we can't even make peace at home!).

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Christine, thank you for updating this database. Over the years, I have found these data very useful to track the trajectories of the Baldrige state programs versus trends in state economic data in the FRBS database.


Good to hear from you again--hope you and your family, friends, and community in Texas are well!

The Baldrige program appreciates the Alliance for Performance Excellence for gathering these data that we post on our website. 


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