I thought it would be fitting to begin 2016 with a reminder about why the work we're doing to bring the Baldrige Framework to communities is so important to our country's future. Simply put, the issues Secretary Duncan describes in his farewell speech with regard to the needs of our children can only be resolved...in communities... by leaders/people, from all sectors, working together within a quality framework that can actually help them deal with these very complex and difficult issues.
We have our work cut out for us, but I'm very confident the work we're just starting in our Pilot communities will give us the experience and create the momentum we envision to assure the spread of our Communities of Excellence Framework throughout the country. Happy New Year.
Chair, Communities of Excellence 2026