Message from the Quality Management Division Chair

Quality Management Division continues to make significant improvements focused on member value.

At the most recent TCC Meeting the ASQ Board did not approve the Financial Models associated with the Open Access concept. This is great news since this had the potential of reducing our member dues and eliminating the hard copy of our Quality Forum. I am happy to report that this did not occur and Quality Management Division will continue to publish the Quality Forum for the foreseeable future. In addition we are planning to invite other Divisions to work with us to publish articles in our Quality Forum and our Newletter (e-blasts). Quality Management Division would like to cooperate and collaborate with all other Divisions and Interest groups for the benefit of all of our ASQ members and the community at large.

Quality Management Division have purchased a Webinar package so that we can start doing Webinars with other Divisions and private Industry groups. We are planning our first webinars with the Automotive Division later this month. This will be an exciting new deliverable for our members. We have purchased the capacity to do webinars with 500 attendees at a time. We can host as many webinars as we want throughout the next year. We will open the doors to any Division or group who wish to work with us providing content to their members.

Our growth in Student members continues to be amazing. We started last year with 286 student members and at the present time we have over 1400 student members and it is growing at an incredible rate. At our last strategic planning session we approved a budget that will continue to help and support our student members. It includes: Free conference admission to World Conference and TCC Conference for all student members, Scholarship programs for all student members, participation in our Newsletter (eblasts) and Quality Forum for student members and much closer communication with student members. Stephanie Thompson our Vice Chair Students is leading the way with our programs for students.

We had our first TCC conference and it was a great success with 11 Divisions working together and positive feedback from the conference participants. Planning has begun on next year's conference that will likely be held in Orlando again. In addition, this conference was a financial success and has eliminated the risk associated with Divisions doing conferences on their own. We plan to continue to cooperate and collaborate with other divisions and interest groups on this conference.

We continue to send out our Quality Forum to 22,000 members in hard copy and an additional 3,000 members electronically. We are on track to send our 8 e-blasts this year and next year we are changing this to call it our Newsletter. We expect to send out at least 8 newsletters during 2015.

Let me know if you have any concerns or suggestions for improvement. I look forward to hearing from many of you.

Sincerely,

Ken Sadler
Quality Management Division Chair
(sadler@ns.sympatico.ca)

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