West-MEC utilizes Total Quality Indicators (TQI) as a tool to provide continuous program improvement. The TQI instrument includes six standards designed to validate a comprehensive CTE program.

The standards are embedded in a rubric aligned with the CTE Delivery Model, Arizona Department of Education program requirements, and relevant legislation.

Upon a self or third party review, any CTE program may use this instrument to determine how the program has made progress in its development.

The West-MEC Program Improvement process is—as the name suggests—to be used for continuous program improvement. Each of the quality indicators is defined by finer, more measurable criteria to determine a current score. The rubric below must be completed for each program by high school.