Sweetwater’s Sister School Wins National Award

Sweetwater’s Sister School Wins National Award

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Student singingUnited States Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has announced that The Charter School of San Diego is one of four recipients of the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. This is the first time that the award has been presented to a school – most importantly, a charter school – in its 28-year history. The award ceremony will take place on April 3, 2016, at the annual Quest for Excellence Conference.

This honor is a tribute to excellence across many sectors. It is awarded to organizations that demonstrate quality and performance excellence. Organizations are judged on their Leadership/ Governance, Strategic Planning, Customer Focus, Knowledge Management, Workforce Focus, Operations, and Results.

2015_Baldrige_Award_Recipient_LogoPrevious winners include Motorola, Inc., Westinghouse Electric Corporation Commercial Nuclear Fuel Division, Xerox Corporation, Business Products & Systems, FedEx, IBM, The Ritz-Carlton (now part of Marriott International), AT&T, Texas Instruments, Inc., Eastman Chemical Company, AT&T, Verizon, Armstrong Building Products Operations, Merrill Lynch, Boeing, Solar Turbines Inc., University of Wisconsin-Stout, Sharp HealthCare, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC, Nestlé Purina Pet Care Co., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector.

President Ronald Reagan established the Malcolm Baldrige criteria and its subsequent National Quality Award. This highly-coveted award is administered by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is based at and managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It was designed to support American business in being globally competitive.

To see a profile on The Charter School of San Diego’s Award, click on the following link: http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/award_recipients/charter-school-san-diego.cfm

California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE): 2015 Eureka Award, Gold Level

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The California Council for Excellence (CCE) today named five organizations as the 2015 recipients of the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Eureka Award. The honorees are recognized for their outstanding committment to sustainable excellence through innovation, continuous improvement, and visionary leadership. This year’s recipients represent three sectors: Education (represented by CSSD), Small Business, and Health Care. 

Overseen by CCE, the CAPE program manages the awards process which adheres to the Baldrige Excellence Framework. The Eureka applicants were evaluated by teams comprised of the 2015 CAPE Board of Examiners. The rigorous evaluation process takes more than three months, including a weeklong site visit, and covers the applicants’ performance in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Framework: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. The Eureka application evaluation is overseen by the CAPE Board of Judges to ensure the integrity of the process and to recommend recognition levels to CCE’s Board of Directors for ratification. The CAPE Eureka Award process is modeled after that of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. 

The 2015 Eureka Awards will be presented at a March 2016 ceremony during the CCE Best Practices and Awards Conference in San Diego, Calif. This one-day event features presentations from CAPE and Baldrige award recipients in which they share lessons learned and best practices identified through their journey to excellence.

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