Howard Community College has earned the U.S. Senate Productivity Award, announced earlier this week by the University of Maryland and U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin.
The award, part of the university's Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Program, honors organizations for successfully implementing systematic processes for continuous improvement and achieving outstanding results.
Award recipients are evaluated in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; work force focus; process management; and results.
"Howard Community College is an incredible institution -- but an institution is only bricks and building. What makes it great is determined students, powerhouse faculty and consistent leadership," Mikulski said in a statement. "Community colleges are the gateway to the future. Howard Community College is an example of everything we want for our higher education facilities in Maryland."
The award was announced Monday at the 2008 Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony, held at University of Maryland, College Park.
"I am very impressed by Howard Community College's commitment to offering its students the highest standards of quality, and by its continuous monitoring of student success and employee satisfaction," said Cardin in a statement.
The publicly funded two-year community college has been in Columbia since 1970.
"A commitment to outcomes and assessment reveals not only the mindset of an institution, but also its heart," Kathleen Hetherington, president of HCC, said in a statement. "HCC has a passion to help students succeed and to 'discover their greatness.' That's what motivates the college's tireless pursuit of quality."