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Developing measures for performance excellence: is the Baldrige criteria sufficient for performance excellence in higher education?

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  • Muhammad Asif

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  • Abdul Raouf

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  • Cory Searcy

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The implementation of the education criteria for performance excellence (ECPE)—the education version of the Baldrige criteria—is driven by the growing need for performance excellence in higher education. Ironically the criteria meant for performance excellence have no theoretical underpinning and are based on normative performance improvement requirements. The lack of content and internal validity is reflected in some critical weaknesses in the criteria. Based on a critical review, this paper highlights potential improvements in the areas of aligning processes with the organisational mission, operations focus, customer focus, workforce focus, and performance measurement. To help enhance the ECPE, the paper develops performance measures for systematic implementation of the criteria. This is discussed in terms of defining desired outcomes, developing key measures, identifying specific indicators to track performance, and choosing methods to assess performance. The discussions provide a basis for future revisions to the ECPE. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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  • Muhammad Asif & Abdul Raouf & Cory Searcy, 2013. "Developing measures for performance excellence: is the Baldrige criteria sufficient for performance excellence in higher education?," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 47(6), pages 3095-3111, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:47:y:2013:i:6:p:3095-3111
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-012-9706-3
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