North Carolina Awards for Excellence

The North Carolina Award for Excellence Program

Based upon the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the North Carolina Award for Excellence (NCAfE) is the top state-level recognition presented to an organization that has demonstrated, through its practices and achievements, the highest level of performance excellence by applying the principles of the Baldrige Excellence Framework.

Baldrige Criteria Crafts the Framework

The Baldrige Excellence Framework provides the tools to examine and improve each aspect of your organization’s performance while keeping the whole organization in mind. The management framework enables leaders at businesses, hospitals, factories, schools and government bodies to examine every layer of the organization and devise strategies to reach goals, improve results and become more competitive by aligning people, plans and processes.

The framework consists of the Criteria for Performance Excellence and offers a recognized way to achieve the following benefits:

    • Innovation
    • World-class results
    • Integrated processes that enhance effectiveness and efficiency
    • Organizational learning
    • Sustainable success

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is the key to accessing if your organization is doing as well as it could. Organizations receive extraordinary learning associated with applying the Baldrige Excellence Framework through the award application process. Receiving the NCAfE Award is recognition of being among the best performing organizations in North Carolina. The NCAfE award also satisfies a preliminary requirement for an organization that is interested in seeking recognition from the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The awards process begins in January and continues throughout the calendar year.

 

Intent to Apply deadline Postmarked by June 15
Application deadline Postmarked by July 15
Examiner team conducts application assessment and scoring August 1 to 31
Site visit schedule September 15-October 10
Panel of judges convenes Mid-November
Feedback Reports distributed December
Awards are distributed TBD

What is the NCAfE Program?

The NCAfE program is the top state level recognition presented to an organization that has demonstrated, through its practices and achievements, the highest level of performance excellence by applying the principles of the Baldrige Excellence Framework – the Criteria for Performance Excellence.

 

Why participate?

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is the key to assessing if your organization is doing as well as it could.  The management framework enables leaders at businesses, hospitals, factories, schools and government bodies to examine every layer of the organization and devise strategies to reach goals, improve results, and become more competitive by aligning people, plans and processes.

Recipients of the NCAfE state level recognition are outstanding examples of high-performance organizations. They exhibit role model processes, with some being at or near “best-in-class.”

The NCAfE award also satisfies a preliminary requirement for an organization that is interested in seeking recognition from the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

 

How To Apply

Interested organizations must adhere to the NCAfE awards cycle requirements, which begins with the Intent to Apply/Eligibility Form, followed by an Organizational Profile and Application.

Program Fees

In addition to the $250 Intent to Apply fee, there is also an application fee and site visit fees. These are based on the applicant’s number of employees, and range from a total fee of $5,450 for organizations with less 100 employees to $17,450 with organizations of more than 1,500 employees.

 

For more details and frequently asked questions, download the full NCAfE Award Program FAQs PDF or review these links:

Who do I speak with if I have additional questions about the Program or the awards process?

 

Contact Beth Gargan at bagargan@ncsu.edu, (919) 515-8524.

Start your performance excellence journey today!

A great way to begin your performance excellence journey is by ordering a copy of the Baldrige Excellence Framework criteria booklet. This booklet provides an overview of the program and provides details regarding application and eligibility requirements, as well as the Criteria for Performance Excellence on which to base your self-assessment. To order your copy of the framework booklet contact Beth Gargan at bagargan@ncsu.edu, (919) 515-8524.

Order A Criteria Booklet