ASQ - Education Division

Improving Student Activity in Quality

Abstract: Founded in 1998, the ASQ student branch at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio is a student organization dedicated to uniting and educating students from different disciplines interested in the professional area of quality. In addition to BGSU, the branch also was designed to serve students from two neighboring community colleges—Owens Community College and Terre Community College—although it has long served many students who transferred from various other two-year community colleges throughout Ohio and beyond. Recently, an opportunity to improve the activity of the student branch was realized following the success of courses and programs offered related to the quality discipline. The newly implemented and rapidly growing quality systems (QS) undergraduate major and graduate certificate programs, with all courses online, offer potential for change. While not without challenges, online programs offer an expanding area of influence for the field of quality, and rapid advancement of the internet and web-based instructional technologies form an extremely fertile base for developing a web-based student organization in quality.

Keywords: Continuous Improvement - Higher Education Brief

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