The Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence awarded two departments within the University of Central Arkansas with the Governor Quality Award.

The award honors groups in the state striving for performance excellence, according to a UCA news release.

The Division of Outreach and Community Engagement and the Community Development Institute-Central were presented the award by Gov. Mike Beebe at the 2012 Governor’s Quality Awards Celebration on Sept. 24.

"I am very happy that our Outreach and Community Engagement and Community Development Institute-Central have been recognized for their work and contributions to the people of Arkansas and beyond," said Steve Runge, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. "UCA was the only four-year public institution recognized at the awards dinner — a remarkable accomplishment for our people and programs. "

The Governor’s Quality Award program is operated by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence, Inc. Developed by a team of volunteers, the program is designed to provide opportunities for all organizations in the state to measure their progress in the journey of performance excellence, according to the release. The award is the starting point for any organization interested in adopting and applying quality principles to attain performance excellence.

Seventeen organizations statewide were presented the Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards during the 18th Annual Awards Celebration in September at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, according to the institute’s website.