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2015 Changes and Reminders

2015 Due Dates

Make sure your materials are postmarked on or before these dates.

Eligibility certification package

February 23

Note: This deadline is approximately one month earlier than in past years and applies to all applicants whether or not they are including a nomination to the Board of Examiners. In addition, organizations applying under the alternative eligibility process referenced under the Key Eligibility Change #1 below must include the specified additional materials.




 Award application package


        on CD only

April 28

        as 25 paper copies + CD

May 12


Key Eligibility Changes in 2015

  1. Organizations that can show a high level of maturity and superior performance metrics now have an additional means to gain eligibility for the Baldrige Award: they can submit additional materials (a completed Organizational Profile and 2 results measures for each of the 5 Criteria results items) with their eligibility certification package so that the Baldrige Program can determine their eligibility in early 2015.

  2. Prior Baldrige Award recipients are automatically eligible to reapply for the award after five years, even if new or revised eligibility requirements (e.g., those for subunits) would otherwise screen them out.

  3. Organizational subunits (such as an individual business unit within a larger manufacturing company) are no longer restricted from award eligibility based on their workforce size relative to their parent organizations or the percentage of external customers served; however, such subunits must still be able to respond to all seven categories of the Criteria.

For more information about the 2015 eligibility changes, read these Frequently Asked Questions and Is Your Organization Eligible?

Submit a CD and 25 Paper Copies of Your Award Application Package

If you submit your award application package on paper, submit

If your organization receives a site visit, ASQ will use the CD to print additional copies of your organization’s application. The additional printing charge will be part of your site visit fee. This change may reduce your organization’s cost to print and ship applications, in addition to eliminating paper waste from unused applications.

If you submit your award application package on CD only, this change does not affect your organization.

Reminder: Submit Your Application via Overnight Delivery after May 5

We encourage you to submit your award application package as early as possible. If you submit your application on paper after May 5, please send the package via an overnight delivery service.

Reminder: Include Only Terms and Abbreviations in the Glossary

In the glossary, include only terms and abbreviations used in the application, with very brief definitions (see Application Content and Format). Do not include descriptions of processes, tools, methods, or techniques in the glossary, or your application will be returned to you to remove extra glossary content.  



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Award Process Hotline
1-877-237-9064, option 3