Assistant chancellor named to Baldrige Board of Examiners
July 31, 2014
Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology has named
Meridith Drzakowski of University of Wisconsin-Stout to the Board of Examiners
for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Baldrige is the nation's highest honor for organizational innovation and
2001 UW-Stout was the first and still is the only four-year educational institution
to win the award. For more information, click here.
by the NIST director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating
applications submitted for the Baldrige, as well as other assessment-related
tasks. The examiner board is composed of more than 400 leading experts
competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health
care, nonprofit and government organizations across the country.
selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition,
demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics,
action orientation, team building and analytical skills.
members of the board must take part in a nationally ranked leadership
development course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence
and the scoring/evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.
Drzakowski is an assistant chancellor for Planning,
Assessment, Research and Quality at UW-Stout. The PARQ office is responsible
for strategic planning
and accountability, institutional research and assessment, university
accreditation, quality initiatives, university policies and the Applied
Research Center, which specializes in providing research and evaluation
services to other educational institutions.
She also serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning
Drzakowski has a doctorate from the University of Minnesota
in educational policy and administration. She has been involved extensively
with Baldrige efforts at UW-Stout, presenting on strategic planning, leadership
and performance measurement. This is her fourth year as a Baldrige examiner and
her first year as a senior examiner.
after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th secretary of Commerce, the award was
established by Congress in 1987.
may be given annually to organizations in each of six categories:
manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit.
The award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance,
recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations and publicizes
successful performance strategies.
1988, 95 organizations have received Baldrige awards, including the 2013
winners: Pewaukee School District, Pewaukee, and Sutter Davis Hospital, Davis, Calif.
the Baldrige Award in close conjunction with the private sector.
information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence
Program and the Baldrige Award application process, go to the website.