Leaning Forward at OSU was started in 2014 to enhance collaboration in challenging assumptions and improving practices. OSU's Strategic Plan 3.0 calls for us to implement highly efficient administrative processes to enhance the student experience, improve faculty productivity and enable more resources to be directed toward academic success.
The Lean Process Improvement Initiative is a collaborative model that makes it possible to break down existing information silos. It provides unifying concepts, shared terminology, and an atmosphere of respectful communication, enabling project teams to review processes that cut across multiple university departments. Lean Teams are dedicated to addressing specific processes that have been identified as overly time-consuming or inadequately meeting the needs of the University, resulting in:
We offer the OSU community Lean resources and tools that can be utilized by individuals or work-groups who want to streamline their own processes.
The Leaning Forward program is based on five principles:1
1Balzer, William K. Lean Higher Education. New York: Productivity Press. 2010. Print.