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141. MOOCs: Massive Opportunity or Mucky Mess?

by Schmidt, Megan

Distance learning and online classrooms are nothing new, but massive open online courses (MOOCs—which, by the way, is pronounced “mook”) have taken higher education by storm. What distinguishes MOOCs from their ancestors is that anyone can enroll, they’re free, all you need is an internet connection and they can accommodate hundreds of thousands of students at a time. In this issue of ASQ Higher Education Brief, we take a look at both sides of the MOOC debate.

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  • Publish date: 2013-03
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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142. Beware of MOOCs

by Schmidt, Megan

Gerry Canavan, an assistant professor in the English department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, shared his concerns about this new wave of e-learning with Higher Education Brief in this exclusive Q&A article. He said MOOCs are an ineffective medium for learning and that they de-skill and de-professionalize academia.

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  • Publish date: 2013-03
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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143. A MOOC with a Mission

by Schmidt, Megan

MOOCs have been recognized as a potential low-cost and effective way to prepare the large number of students that need remedial coursework before they can take college-level math and science. In this exclusive Q&A article, Robert Hoar, a math professor at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, discusses the role of MOOCs in academia and shares details about the successful math MOOC offered by the university.

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  • Publish date: 2013-03
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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144. Journal for Quality and Participation (JQP) to Explore 22nd Century Learning

by Di Pierro, Marianne

If you subscribe to ASQ's Journal for Quality and Participation, don’t miss Higher Education Brief associate editor Marianne Di Pierro’s article in the April 2013 issue that details how educators are employing innovative technology and are creating holistic learning environments that reflect the social and academic integration necessary for student success.

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  • Publish date: 2013-03
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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145. Aerospace-themed Camp Engages Girls in STEM

by Sara L. Maas, Charles R. Standridge, Paul D. Plotkowski

The Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Enrichment Program at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) near Grand Rapids, MI, exposes seventh-grade girls to STEM concepts and careers through week-long day camps.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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146. Where Are They Now?

by Hankel, Amanda

One year after Keller Independent School District in Keller TX, shared news that it received a commitment level award in the Texas Award for Excellence process, Primary and Secondary Education Brief followed up with the district to find out where it is in its continuing journey to performance excellence.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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147. From the Editor: Show and Tell

by Schmidt, Megan

Keller Independent School District (KISD), a K-12 public school district based in Keller, TX, is the focus of the February issue of the ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief. In this issue, you will find a series of articles published between 2010 and 2012 in the Journal of Quality and Participation (JQP) that detail KISD’s progress deploying the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the intensive feat of completing and submitting its application to Texas Award for Performance Excellence.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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148. Engineering Education Degree Gives Students Best of Both Worlds

by Reid, Kenneth

Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada, OH, introduced a new bachelor’s of science program in engineering education in 2011. This paper provides insight as to why students find multidisciplinary degrees, such as the engineering education degree at ONU, attractive. It also discusses the reasons and influences behind students’ selection of an engineering education degree.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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149. Collaborate for STEM Success

by Cindy P. Veenstra

In this guest editorial, ASQ's Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference co-chair Cindy P. Veenstra urges that stronger collaboration is needed to attract more students to STEM. Veenstra also shares what's in store for the 2013 conference, which will take place June 3-4 near Grand Rapids, MI.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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150. From the Editor: Filling the STEM Gap

by Schmidt, Megan

STEM impacts everyone and filling the gap requires a collaborative effort from educators, parents, government, communities and industry.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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151. Dream Your Future

This handout from the ASQ Education Division features a curated list of inspirational STEM resources for middle school and high school girls.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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152. Quality Approaches in Higher Education, Vol. 3 No. 2

by Fernando F. Padró

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 3 No. 2 (December 2012)
Editor Fernando F. Padró
Articles include:
Editorial: Giving the Body of Knowledge a Voice by Fernando F. Padró
Lyman Briggs College: an Innovative Living-Learning Community for STEM Education by Ryan D. Sweeder, Kathleen A. Jeffery, and Aaron M. McCright
Critical Event Narrative Inquiry in Higher Education Quality by Patricie Mertova and Len Webster

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  • Publish date: 2012-12
  • Quality Approaches in Higher Education; Vol. 3; Issue 2

153. Critical Event Narrative Inquiry in Higher Education Quality

by Webster, Len; Mertova, Patricia;

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 3 (2) Dec 2012 article by Patricie Mertova and Len Webster. The paper is another one of a series of works describing a research study concerning the academic voice in higher education quality in England and the Czech Republic (Mertova & Webster, 2009). To investigate the academic voice in higher education quality, a critical event narrative inquiry method was employed, and that is the focus of this paper. A significant feature of the method was eliciting critical events related to higher education quality in professional practice of academics and higher education leaders. The research uncovered a number of similar issues and concerns in higher education quality voiced by academics and higher education leaders in both countries. Some culture-specific issues related predominantly to Czech higher education quality were also uncovered.

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  • Publish date: 2012-12
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154. From the Editor: Keeping Students in School

by Amanda Hankel

In this issue of Higher Education Brief, we look at the issue of student retention. How do student retention efforts relate to quality efforts at an institution? Research has long supported the value of a college degree in the United States. Studies have shown that for most individuals, having a college education not only has economic and employment benefits, but also correlates to better health and increased civic engagement.

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  • Publish date: 2012-12
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief

155. A Report on the U.S. News STEM Solutions: A Leadership Summit

by Chavez,Belinda

Summary of the highlights of the US News STEM Solutions Conference held in Texas in July, 2012, article from QEDNews, Fall 2012 issue.

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  • Publish date: 2012-11
  • QED News
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156. Submission of Abstracts and Papers for the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference

by Cindy Veenstra;

This document describes how to submit an abstract and paper for the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda in Education, the Workplace and Society Conference. It includes a template for the paper and the review criteria for both the extended abstract (short paper) and full conference paper.

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  • Publish date: 2012-11
  • STEM Conference Proceedings
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157. From the Editor: A Framework for Excellence

by Amanda Hankel

In the November 2012 issue of Primary and Secondary Education Brief, we focus on the use of the Baldrige criteria in K-12 education. The issue features articles about two schools that presented on their Baldrige journey at the 2012 National Quality Education Conference in Louisville, KY.

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  • Publish date: 2012-11
  • ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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158. Culture Shift

by Amanda Hankel

When Ackerman School, an elementary school in Florissant, MO, began a continuous improvement push four years ago as part of a districtwide initiative, the effort required more than showing teachers how to use quality tools—it meant changing the culture. So, the district began implementing the Baldrige framework for continuous improvement. Since the beginning of this effort, Ackerman School has realized some remarkable achievements, including better student assessment scores, increased student and family engagement and improved attendance, not to mention a true shift toward a quality culture.

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  • Publish date: 2012-11
  • Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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159. A Journey Guided by Baldrige

by Amanda Hankel

But when the Pewaukee School District started using the Baldrige framework to guide its continuous improvement efforts, it wasn't looking to a solve any specific problem. But the application process has jumpstarted the district’s use of data in a more consistent and uniform way throughout all of its operations. The process also allowed the district to gauge its performance against other schools and assess its processes from an external point of view. HR director Susan Muenter presented at the 2012 National Quality Education Conference in Louisville about the use of the Baldrige framework to improve HR metrics and employee engagement, but she said the organization’s use of the quality approach stretches beyond that.

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  • Publish date: 2012-11
  • ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief

160. CSI: Continuous Strategic Improvement

by Dr. Lee Jenkins

Dr. Lee Jenkins, From L to J Consulting, Inc. presents the 25-minute webinar, CSI: Continuous Strategic Improvement on “What is the leadership mindset in order to strategically lead an organization with continuous improvement practices?” Anyone interested in improving their mindset on leadership both in education and other fields will be interested in viewing this webinar. Dr. Jenkins often presents at the ASQ National Quality Education Conference and is author of the book Permission to Forget.

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  • Publish date: 2012-11
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161. 2013 ASQ STEM Agenda Conference Call for Abstracts

by Cindy Veenstra;

Call for abstracts/papers for the 3rd annual Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference (2013) to be held June 3-4, 2013 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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  • Publish date: 2012-10
  • STEM Conference Proceedings
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162. Improving Student Activity in Quality

by Armen Ilikchyan and John W. Sinn

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

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  • Publish date: 2012-10
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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163. From the Editor: Beyond the Classroom

by Amanda Hankel

In this issue of the Higher Education Brief, we look at the value of student engagement in activities outside of the classroom. How do experiences gained in these activities contribute to a student success and enhance quality in higher education?

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  • Publish date: 2012-10
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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164. University of Wisconsin-Madison Reactivates Student Quality Section

by by Jennifer Leny, Dennis Verstegen and Tedd Snyder

The ASQ Madison Section is pleased to announce the reactivation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Quality Section (SQS) to promote the quality profession. The SQS is headed by faculty advisor Loren Kuzuhara, a professor in the UW-Madison School of Business. The Board of Directors includes Chair Anne Habschmidt, Vice Chair Carly Nelson, Treasurer Joseph Fink and Secretary Karl Kemnitz.

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  • Publish date: 2012-10
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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165. ASQ Mexico Student Branch Hosts Quality Day

by Leslie Cruz

On May 28, the student branch of Universidad de Monterrey hosted the XI Quality Day, attended by a record 420 students. During this event, five conferences were held concurrently. ASQ Chair James Rooney participated as a keynote speaker and presented on root cause analysis (RCA). To achieve good RCA, Rooney said, many factors and aspects must be addressed to help an organization improve and make a better world.

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  • Publish date: 2012-10
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief

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