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Quality performance and sound business practices have earned Tennessee Tech University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Extended Education a 2003 Commitment Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

The award recognizes the school’s excellence as an outreach and service unit of the university that partners with academic units and external groups to provide credit and non-credit courses, campus evening and weekend courses, distance learning offerings, special courses and events, service activities and interdisciplinary degrees.

“I am proud that a school whose mission is always evolving to meet the diverse needs of its audiences has been recognized for the excellence shown in fulfilling its goals,” said TTU President Bob Bell.

The Commitment Level is awarded to organizations that implement quality management principles and both document and implement solid plans and procedures. The board of examiners comprises more than 150 experts in business, education, healthcare and government who assess applicants on seven criteria.

Bell and the school’s dean, Susan Elkins, accepted the award at a recent banquet in Nashville. Awards were given out in three of four categories bestowed by the TNCPE: Quality Interest, Commitment and Achievement. TNCPE president Marie B. Williams assisted with the presentations.

“Excellence implies more than competence — it implies a striving for the highest possible standards,” said Williams. “The award winners represent the best and have done a great service by setting high standards for others to follow.”

The Tennessee Performance Excellence Awards are open to all businesses as well as public and private education institutions, health care organizations, government agencies and other non-profit groups. Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, formerly known as the Tennessee Quality Award, was established in 1993 to promote the understanding and use of the Criteria for Performance Excellence.

CUTLINE: TTU Receives Commitment Award for Excellence — Susan Elkins (front left), dean of TTU’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Extended Education, and TTU President Bob Bell accept a Commitment Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence from TNCPE President Marie B. Williams (back).