EMU administrator Nielsen named examiner for Baldrige Award

by Geoff Larcom, Published June 24, 2010

YPSILANTI - Sandi Nielsen, director of Eastern Michigan University’s Professional Education Center in the College of Business, has been appointed to the 2010 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  The Award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

Nielsen was selected for the fourth consecutive year, and has served as an examiner ten times. Nielsen notes that as an examiner you are involved in the comprehensive evaluation of an organization.

“I learn a significant amount from the award-winning practices in these organizations that I bring back to EMU and to our PEC clients, to help them achieve performance excellence,” Neilsen said. “It is a real privilege to have the access to public and confidential information and the best practices in companies applying for the award. And the networking and connections made with fellow team examiners from around the country is invaluable.”

As an examiner, Nielsen is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the prestigious national award.  The Board of Examiners is composed of approximately 500 leading experts individually selected for their expertise. The group represents industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations and government.

Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition.  All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award. Awards may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and non-profit.

Information also can be found on the Baldrige National Quality Program's Web site at http://www.nist.gov/baldrige

The award program is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in close cooperation with the private sector.  The American Society for Quality (ASQ) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, administers the program. 

For more information on Nielsen or the programs provided by the PEC www.cob.emich.edu/pec

Geoff Larcom



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