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3M FORMS TOTAL QUALITY PARTNERSHIP WITH THREE UNIVERSITIES

 ST. PAUL, Minn., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- 3M (NYSE: MMM) announced today that it has formed partnerships with three universities to share expertise on total quality programs and to develop total quality plans for each university.
 The universities are Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Michigan Technological University and Texas A&M University.
 3M is one of 12 companies nationwide that are forming partnerships this year with 20 universities and colleges under the auspices of the Total Quality Leadership Steering Committee, a national consortium of business and academic leaders who are championing the teaching, research and practice of total quality programs in U.S. colleges and universities. Five companies and eight schools formed partnerships in 1992, the first year of the program.
 Total quality refers to quality efforts that involve a total organization in ongoing, continuous improvement. 3M has had such an effort since the late 1970s.
 "The partnerships are designed to benefit both universities and businesses by exposing faculty to the needs of business, by building the base of academic knowledge on total quality and by helping school administrations institute total quality programs," said L. D. DeSimone, 3M chairman and chief executive officer and a member of the steering committee.
 "We want to hire graduates who know and understand total quality practices to help us compete in the future," DeSimone added. "The partnerships will help schools turn out those kinds of graduates."
 3M will conduct a 4 1/2-day workshop on total quality for its university partners in August. The workshop will be attended by administrators and faculty of the three universities. The workshop for Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and for Michigan Technological University will be conducted at 3M's worldwide headquarters in St. Paul. The session for Texas A & M University will be at the university's campus in College Station, Texas, and will be conducted by 3M staff from St. Paul and from Austin, Texas.
 "We will present concepts and elements of total quality as they are practiced in 3M and other companies, and we will help the universities work out their own total quality plans," said Charles E. Kiester, 3M vice president, Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing Services. "After the workshops, we'll provide consultation as the schools implement total quality teaching into their curricula and establish their administrative quality processes."
 The Total Quality Business and Education Partnerships were proposed in 1991 by Robert W. Galvin, chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors of Motorola, Inc.
 The five companies and eight universities who established partnerships in 1992 are: IBM and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Rochester Institute of Technology; Milliken & Co. and Georgia Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University; Motorola and Purdue University; Procter & Gamble and Tuskegee University and University of Wisconsin at Madison; and Xerox and Carnegie Mellon University.
 In addition to 3M, the 11 other companies that established partnerships this year and their 17 university partners are: Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) and Lehigh University; Corning, Inc. and Syracuse University; DuPont and Pennsylvania State University; Eastman Chemical Co. and University of Tennessee at Knoxville; General Motors Corp. and University of Michigan; Nalco Chemical Co. and Illinois Institute of Technology; Northern Telecom Co. and Duke University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technological State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Procter & Gamble Co. and Cornell University; The New England and Babson College; Texas Instruments Inc. and East Texas University and Iowa State University; and Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Duquesne University, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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