Quality and Variation in Education
Abstract: Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 2 No. 1 (June 2011) article by John Dew, senior vice chancellor of Troy University and past Education Division chair. Although there are many voices for improving quality in America’s educational system, few of these perspectives are constructed on an understanding of the meaning of quality and the body of knowledge concerning quality related to repeatable processes. Over the past five decades, quality practitioners have identified several fundamental principles that led to the effective redesign of the automotive, aerospace, and service industries—and that are now systematically applied to begin curtailing errors and preventing adverse events in healthcare settings. It is time for those in the field of education—particularly those involved in preparing leaders in education systems—to come to terms with the fundamentals of quality and begin applying quality improvement methods to education. It is time for administrators in education to stop making the same mistakes that managers in industry were making before they discovered the meaning of quality.
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