ASQ and Rochester Institute of Technology Partnership Provides Credit Hours for Certification

Christel Henke

ASQ @ RIT Program Adds Member Value

Milwaukee, Wis., May 7, 2009 – ASQ (American Society for Quality), the world’s leading authority on quality, and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a leader in customized, professional academic programs, have developed a unique partnership to advance the education and career development of ASQ members and the greater business community.

Through the program, available this fall (, RIT will offer credit hours to individuals who hold certain ASQ certifications. In addition, ASQ certifications will replace the RIT work experience qualification and fulfill up to half of the professional requirements for the RIT Bachelor of Science Program.

In the partnership designed for online learners worldwide, ASQ is opening the opportunity to ASQ Full members. ASQ member value and benefits within the partnership include:

  • The opportunity to save time and complete a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as Master’s Degree, early via online courses
  • Tuition savings for ASQ members
  • ASQ Enterprise member savings for multiple employees
  • Waiving of program application fee
  • Academic degrees and certification credentials from legendary institutions critical to increase employee value and career options in all industries and economies.

"RIT’s academic leadership, and the quality expertise of ASQ’s certified members, make for a fitting partnership," said Paul Borawski, ASQ executive director and chief strategic officer. "This new program offers a natural way for us to join together to advance professional education and provide valuable career opportunities for our members."

The ASQ and RIT agreement is based on a longstanding relationship that includes previous co-sponsored courses and influential leadership with ties to both organizations.

"We are proud to continue our long history of partnership with ASQ by creating a new and innovative quality-related degree program. The RIT/ASQ partnership is another exciting opportunity for both organizations," says H. Fred Walker, Ph.D., dean of RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. "The program brings together the power of ASQ certifications with the global recognition of RIT’s quality engineering and quality management programs, to create exceptional educational opportunities for ASQ certified professionals. We look forward to collaborating with ASQ to extend these opportunities to ASQ partner companies and members around the world."

The partners are developing additional programs to benefit RIT students, ASQ members and the entire quality community, including RIT Master’s Degree program opportunities.

For more information and to take part in the new program, visit or contact RIT’s Director of Outreach Education and Training, Kitren A. VanStrander, at 585-475-7054 or

The American Society for Quality,, has been the world’s leading authority on quality for more than 60 years. With more than 90,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange to improve business results and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. As champion of the quality movement, ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners and everyday consumers, encouraging all to Make Good Great®. ASQ has been the sole administrator of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1991. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., ASQ is a founding partner of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a prominent quarterly economic indicator, and also produces the Quarterly Quality Report.

About RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology, located in Rochester, New York, is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. Nearly 16,500 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

 For two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of The Best 368 Colleges and in Barron’s Best Buys in Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT as a "Great College to Work For."

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