Since 1997, Graduate School USA has presented the W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award to a federal government organization that exemplifies excellence with an initiative or project that focuses on enhancing quality processes within that organization. Recipients of the Award have demonstrated innovative training through a workforce initiative that has measurably benefited their organization. Deming Award winners are unique because they recognize that in order to succeed, an organization must embrace a sincere desire to achieve through a commitment to high-quality in all that they do. They also understand the importance of teamwork and the success that comes with empowering all parts of the organization.
Graduate School USA uses the bald eagle as the symbol for our Award to illustrate the strength and power that can be associated with adhering to high quality standards. The eagle is also known for its sharp eyesight, a characteristic that is emblematic of having the foresight to embark upon initiatives that have the potential to transform an organization for the better. The Award is named after a man considered by many to be the master of continual quality improvement — W. Edwards Deming.