Improvement project in higher education institutions: A BPEP-based model

Autoři: Marco Maciel-Monteon aff001;  Jorge Limon-Romero aff001;  Carlos Gastelum-Acosta aff001;  Yolanda Baez-Lopez aff001;  Diego Tlapa aff001;  Manuel Iván Rodríguez Borbón aff002
Působiště autorů: Facultad de Ingeniería, Arquitectura y Diseño, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada, Baja California, México aff001;  Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial y Manufactura, Instituto de Ingeniería y Tecnología, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article


Improvement projects (IPs) are a fundamental element in any quality management system from any organization. In Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), IPs are constantly implemented to maintain excellence in academic and administrative processes. In this study, we propose a model for IP implementation that is based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP). As a part of the model, we propose a series of research hypotheses to be tested. The data used to test the hypotheses were gathered from a questionnaire that was developed after an extensive literature review. The survey was administered to Mexican public HEIs, and more than 700 responses were collected. The data were assessed in terms of convergent and discriminant validity, obtaining satisfactory results. To test the proposed relationships between the model constructs, we utilized Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) using the software IBM SPSS Amos. The analysis confirmed the statistical validity of both the model and the hypotheses. In conclusion, our model for IP implementation is a useful tool for HEIs that seek to attain excellence in their processes through IPs.

Klíčová slova:

Computer software – Employment – Factor analysis – Human learning – Mexican people – Problem solving – Research validity – Surveys


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