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When it comes to our business school, this past year has been nothing short of monumental. In September, we announced the school’s naming after former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Malcolm Baldrige. In May, we earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

And now, we’re proud to add that our Online MBA Degree Program offered through the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business has received a 2013 Gold CQIA Innovation Prize from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Partnership, Inc.

The CQIA annually awards the Innovation Prize to Connecticut organizations demonstrating “performance excellence and innovation” based upon the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence criteria. Since receiving a silver prize in 2009, we’ve had our sights on the top spot. And the gold is just as gratifying as we anticipated!

The gold prize is a crucial testimony to the online MBA program’s dedication to quality, innovation, and leadership – the same core principles embodied by our business school’s namesake. It pays homage to the inventive process the University has utilized to not only design the program, but also to continuously review and revise it.

Most of all, the award speaks volumes about the high quality of our MBA students and alumni, and the countless impacts they have made on their organizations as a result of their studies. This award is just as much all of yours as it is ours!

Thank you to the folks at CQIA for recognizing the online MBA program’s commitment to innovation, quality and improvement. And a special thanks to all our students, alumni, faculty and staff for your stellar work as we continue to build the program’s reputation as one of the best in the country. Let’s keep it up!