FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Datatel Inc., the premier provider
of information management solutions for higher education, today announced that
it is collaborating with Coastal Carolina University to host the first-annual
Carolina Conference on Quality. The conference, which will take place at the
Ocean Reed Resort, (formerly the Martinique Resort) in Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina, on September 29 - October 1, is designed to heighten the awareness
of quality principles and encourage greater adoption of continuous improvement
doctrines by state agencies and higher learning institutions.
"Continuous quality improvement is at the heart of Datatel's approach to
helping Clients meet their strategic goals," said H. Russell Griffith, Datatel
president and CEO. "We are thrilled to collaborate with Coastal Carolina
University on this highly important forum, and we are confident this symposium
will help participants institute quality programs within their institutional
The conference will offer both higher education and state agency tracks,
allowing participants to focus on the areas of greater concern to their
The conference presenters come from a wide range of backgrounds -- from
government and state agencies to higher education institutions and information
technology companies. The conference will open with an address on the
National Baldridge Quality Award by Barry Diamondstone, Deputy Director of the
Baldrige National Quality Program at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) -- the federal agency that administers the Malcolm Baldrige
Award for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Charles W. Sorensen, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout will
provide the conference's keynote address. The University of Wisconsin-Stout
holds the distinction of being the first higher education institution to
receive a site visit for the National Baldridge Award in Education.
In addition to participating in the program tracks, conference attendees
will also have the opportunity to take part in a comprehensive pre-conference
workshop. The two-day session for academic and organizational leaders will be
led by Ken Rice, an experienced consultant in the area of quality initiatives,
and a faculty member at Datatel's Center for Excellence in Education
Centered on principles of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award
Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, Ken Rice's workshop will focus
on gaining a greater understanding of quality improvement techniques and
processes. Participants will learn how to define, understand and prepare
their institutions to transition toward learning-centered and quality-focused
World Business Review, a television program that airs on numerous public
TV stations and other broadcasting channels throughout the U.S., will be on-
site throughout the conference to cover the event and profile Datatel as a
champion of quality-oriented initiatives in higher education.
Additional information on the conference may be obtained from Debbie
Conner, Office of Community Relations at Coastal Carolina University, at
About Datatel, Inc.
Datatel, Inc. is a leading provider of information management solutions
for higher education. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the company has nearly
600 Client Institutions throughout North America. Datatel's sole focus is
higher education, ideally positioning the company to deliver robust integrated
information management solutions that help colleges and universities operate
more smoothly and efficiently, and to better leverage resources enterprise-
wide. In 1997, Datatel received the highest U.S. Senate Productivity and
Quality Award (SPQA) level of achievement- the Medallion of Excellence award.
For more information, please visit http://www.datatel.com .
About Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina University is a public university located in Conway,
S.C., just nine miles from Myrtle Beach, S.C. The university offers
baccalaureate degree programs in 40 major fields of study; master's degree
programs in education; and five cooperative programs with other South Carolina
universities. The most popular majors are Marine Science, Biology,
Professional Golf Management, and Education. Coastal enrolls more than 4,700
students from 45 states and 43 countries. Coastal Carolina University is a
four-year public university that recently received two commendations for
planning and assessment from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS). Located in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the
nation, the campus primarily serves its local counties. Recognizing its
responsibility to ensure a student population that is diverse both culturally
and geographically, the institution also aggressively recruits statewide, out-
of-state, and internationally. Coastal Carolina is a community of students
and teacher-scholars dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom and goodness in an
environment where intellectual understanding is encouraged, individual dignity
respected, and creativity stimulated. To learn more about the university
visit http://www.coastal.edu .
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