Friday, December 14, 2012

Rio Salado College Named 2012 Performance Excellence Award Winner

PHOENIX, AZ (December 12, 2012). The Arizona Quality Alliance recently named Rio Salado College a 2012 Showcase in Excellence Award winner for the college’s Course Lifecycle Process.

According to Karen Shepard, Executive Director of the Arizona Quality Alliance, the Showcase in Excellence Award program is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Award criteria and encourages excellence in quality, performance and outcomes.

“AQA is proud to continue empowering organizations to pursue performance excellence, improve outcomes and contribute to the economic strength of their community and state,” Shepard said.

Rio Salado College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dana Offerman said receiving the award reinforces the college’s culture of innovation and its commitment to relentless improvement.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our Course Lifecycle Process,” said Offerman. “This data-driven system allows us to analyze and evaluate our courses while being responsive to the changing needs in higher education.”

The Course Lifecycle Process is a custom built product.  It works with Rio Salado’s existing systems to track each course from proposal until retirement. By providing empirical data for review, the process allows decision makers to respond intelligently to changes in the higher education environment.


Awards will be presented at a banquet to be held from 11:30am-1:00pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.

About Rio Salado College:
Rio Salado College was established in 1978 by the Maricopa Community College District to provide the next step in education for non-traditional students. The college, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, is one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation serving more than 67,000 students annually. In addition to providing high-quality instruction for 100+ degree and certificate pathways, Rio Salado is dedicated to providing flexible, affordable access through;  adult basic education, collaborative partnerships, early college initiatives and online learning.

About Arizona Quality Alliance
The Arizona Quality Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The AQA is administered by a professional staff under the leadership and guidance of its members and elected Board of Directors. The AQA is also a member of the Alliance for Performance Excellence, a national network of state programs that advance improvement in organizations by using the Baldrige Criteria.
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