American Society for Quality
In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology and American Society for Quality agreed to collaborate on the development of an education program for members of ASQ.
RIT is internationally recognized as a world leader in career-oriented and professional education and is known for responding to the changing needs of industry, community, and the world. US News and World Report consistently ranks RIT as one of the nation's leading comprehensive universitites.
ASQ Seeks to create a variety of educational pathways for its members. Such pathways must give consideration to the prior learning of members and recognize their work experience as quality professionals. Our partnership, therefore, gives consideration to the role of ASQ certifications in the path to acheiving academic credentials.
The RIT-ASQ partnership includes three possible credentials:
- Diploma in Applied Arts and Science
- Associates Degree in Applied Arts and Science
- Bachelors Degree in Applied Arts and Science
ASQ and RIT Course Comparison Chart
Each ASQ Certification's "Body of Knowledge" (BOK) has been compared to the "Intended Learning Outcomes" (ILO) of each RIT course above. Note that no ASQ certification's BOK matches any ILO of an RIT quality course. To earn credit for an RIT course, an ASQ "credit by experience" portfolio must be prepared for each course you hope to earn credit for and consist of your current ASQ certification(s) and additional documentation from your professional experience that shows evidence of the ILO's not covered through the ASQ certification. To determine what additional portfolio evidence needs to be included in your CBE portfolio, contact the ASQ Advisor, Abby Cantwell.
ASQ members themselves benefit from this partnership in a number of ways. First, our faculty has compared the competencies and body of knowledge associated with various ASQ certifications against the learning outcomes and requirements of RIT courses to determine where there are any gaps. An ASQ member would then create a portfolio demonstrating an example from their professional experience that shows they have knowledge and application in each of the gap areas. A member who submits a successful portfolio and has current ASQ certification will be awarded prior learning experience, and receive academic credit for the applicable RIT course.
A second benefit is that RIT will waive the standard fee for this review process for ASQ members only.
Third, we have assigned a professional academic advisor for this partnership who will assist ASQ members throughout this process, and in the overall attainment of their educational goals.
Fourth, both the portfolio submittal and the courses that an ASQ member takes can be done completely online. There is never a need to travel to the RIT campus. ASQ members are, of course, welcome, and we would particularly enjoy having you participate in graduation.
For information regarding areas of study, concentrations, or courses, please contact Abby Cantwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-475-7297.