Malcom Baldrige Act

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was created by Public Law 100-107, signed into law on August 20, 1987. Public Law 100-107 led to the creation of a new public-private partnership. Principal support for the program comes from the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, established in 1988.

The Award is named for Malcolm Baldrige, who served as Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until his death in 1987. His managerial excellence contributed to long-term improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of government.

The Malcolm Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence Goals

The Criteria are designed to help organizations enhance their educational performance through focus on dual, results oriented goals:

  •  delivery of ever-improving value to students and other stakeholders, contributing to improved education quality
  •  improvement of overall organizational effectiveness and capabilities as educational organizations

 Education Criteria Purposes

The Malcolm Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence are the basis for organizational self assessments, for making Awards, and for giving feedback to applicants. In addition, the Education Criteria have four other important purposes:

  • to help improve organizational performance practices and capabilities
  • to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices information among education organizations and among organizations of all types
  • to foster the development of partnerships involving schools, businesses, human service agencies, and other organizations via related criteria
  • to serve as a working tool for understanding and improving organizational performance, and guiding planning and training