Theme and Focus Areas - Quality Education Conference & Workshop (QECW) - ASQ

Theme and Focus Areas

Theme: Enhancing Performance in Education through Continuous Improvement and Innovation

Education is relevant in all walks of life, throughout all phases of our lives, no matter what we do, no matter who we are, and no matter where we are in the world. A strong educational foundation is of the utmost importance in our early years beginning with pre-Kindergarten and continuing through secondary school. As we pursue our lives through continuous learning, we collaborate with each other joining forces to improve the education of students, instructors, scholars, employees and everyone with whom we have contact in our daily lives. Through these partnerships, we share ideas, learn through the experiences of others, and form strategies using basic quality tools and principles to improve our lives and strengthen our economy. Our innovative ideas intertwined with continuous learning promote continuous improvement, successful professions and quality of life. Maintaining quality in our education processes and developing educated people toward high levels of performance will help guarantee growth and success in our schools, our communities, our businesses, and our world.

Focus Areas:

K-12: Using Quality principles to enhance the fundamentals of learning and performance in K-12.

  • How to Use Basic Quality Tools
  • Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma – practical applications and lessons learned
  • Quality techniques and methodologies – tried and proven
  • Engaging Students in the Learning Process
  • Using the PDSA process to improve learning results
  • Applying the Baldrige Criteria to improve performance and transform systems
  • Using Professional Learning Communities as a tool for supporting continuous improvement

Higher Education: Further exploring quality issues and global trends toward improvements in education

  • Implementing and sustaining advanced approaches to Quality in Higher Education
  • Applying software and technology to improve and enhance education processes
  • The Role of Distance Learning in addressing concerns in Higher Education
  • Using quality approaches to change thinking in academic and non-academic areas

Work Force Development: Strengthening the Workforce through Leadership Development: Creating new leaders for a new age

  • Defining leadership development and soft skill building to support business acumen
  • Thinking globally beyond graduation; connecting the K-22 knowledge for potential career opportunities
  • Supporting learning organizations through continuous skill building models, methods or processes
  • Developing a Culture of Quality
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM): Intertwined and united with K-12, HE, WFD

  • Advancing the STEM agenda in all areas of education
  • Introduce, excite and encourage K-12 students and teachers
  • Maintain relevance and curiosity in Higher Education
  • Prepare for continued success in the workforce


Enhancing Performance in Education through Innovation and Continuous Improvement
Quality Education Conference & Workshop (QECW)  November 14 – 16, 2015  |  Houston, TX