General Information/Contacts - 2013 STEM Agenda Conference - ASQ

General Information/Contacts

Location: Grand Valley State University Pew Campus, Eberhard Conference Center, Grand Rapids Michigan

About Grand Valley State University’s
Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
An NAE Exemplar of Real World Engineering Education

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Teaching in the liberal tradition, whether in general arts and sciences or the professional degree programs, remains at the heart of Grand Valley’s educational mission. The university is also dedicated to educating students to become competent professionals, able scholars, and responsible citizens. GVSU is characterized by and known for its superior student-centered teaching and learning, as well as for its development and support of world-class scholars and artists, its investments in meaningful community service, and its actions in partnership with the West Michigan community.

The mission of The Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and computing to become accomplished professionals; to contribute to our professions through active scholarship in all of its forms; and to support the university and society with expertise, leadership, and service. Fulfilling this mission includes preparing students to compete in today’s global economy by emphasizing experiential learning in a contemporary technical environment. All degree programs require a co-operative education or internship experience.

The mission of the School of Engineering is to prepare students to assume engineering positions in industry with the potential to advance to leadership positions. Students develop technical competency through classroom/laboratory work and through the supervised on-site co-op work experience. The continual improvement of the curriculum is informed by close contact with current engineering practice and a commitment to a general education program required for a well-balanced education.

Due to this approach, in 2012, the National Academy of Engineering recognized the School of Engineering at GVSU as one of twenty nine Exemplars of Real World Engineering Education. View this video for GVSU’s perspective on collaboration with industry.

About the ASQ Education Division

The ASQ Education Division informs, inspires, and networks on developing knowledge, best practices, and research on quality in education in K-12, Higher Education and the workplace. The Division’s vision is to “Shape the Future through Quality in Education and Professional Development.”

This is the third consecutive year that the Education Division has sponsored the Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference in Education, the Workplace and Society with a university partner. It also supports the 2012 ASQ National Quality Education Conference (NQEC) and the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI).

The Education Division continues to grow with over 1200 members. The division publishes two periodicals: the online, peer-reviewed Quality Approaches in Higher Education and the Workforce Development Brief. It also publishes QED News, its bi-annual newsletter, which highlights the activities of the Advancing the STEM Agenda conferences. The Division celebrates engineers’ week with the co-sponsorship of the annual STEM joint issue of the ASQ Higher Education Brief/ ASQ Primary Secondary Education Brief.

In May 2012, the ASQ Education Division published its book on improving STEM education based on a selection of conference papers and workshops from its 2011 Advancing the STEM Agenda conference. Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality Improvement Supports STEM presents high impact ideas that improve STEM education. Throughout the book are examples of collaboration to improve STEM education.

In May 2013, in celebration of the upcoming conference, the ASQ Education Division published its Quality Approaches in Higher Education issue with a focus on STEM education and collaboration.

With this conference, its publications and events, the ASQ Education Division expects to continue to drive the conversation for collaborative stakeholder models of continuous improvement that will make a difference in the STEM education of our students.

Recertification Units

ASQ members may claim recertification units (RU) for the conference.


If you feel you need disability-related accommodations for this conference, please notify Joan Visser at Grand Valley State University by the early registration date.

Program Changes and Cancellations

The conference organizers reserve the right to make changes in programs and speakers or to cancel programs if enrollment criteria are not met, or when conditions beyond its control prevail. Every effort will be made to contact each enrollee if a program is not held for any reason. The divisions's and university’s liability is limited to the refund of the program fee.


A full refund will be granted upon notification on or before May 17, 2013. Refunds requested after that date will be assessed a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made after the start of the conference. Substitutions may be made at any time.


Conference Registration or Hotel/Transportation Questions:

Joan Visser
Grand Valley State University
Phone: 616-331-6260

Conference Abstract and Paper Questions

Cindy Veenstra, program chair

Conference Planning Committee

Don Brecken, Ferris State University
Marianne Di Pierro, Western Michigan University
Julie Furst-Bowe, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Jay J. Marino, Dunlap Community Unit School District 323
Paul Prunty, ASQ Grand Rapids Section
Terri T Showers, Anne Arundel Schools (MD)
Charlie Standridge, Grand Valley State University, Co-Chair
James Teeple, Ivy Tech Community College
Cindy Veenstra, University of Michigan, Co-Chair
Joan Visser, Grand Valley State University, conference administrator

Breakout Sessions General Information Conference Program
Advancing the STEM Agenda
June 3-4, 2013  |  Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids MI