Lean Process Improvement and Institutional Operations

Graduate, Professional Development
Academic Level
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Develop an understanding of lean process improvement (LPI) techniques, which are heavily influenced by Japanese and U.S. production and organizational leadership philosophies.   

You will learn to apply core concepts to create an initial LPI plan for an institutional operation of your choosing, with a focus on international programs. The plans use LPI methods to substantially decrease workload, reduce errors and obtain a higher student yield without expanding budgets or staff.   

This course consists of five interactive Lean Process Improvement (LPI) workshops focusing on systems thinking, waste management and program planning. You will create an LPI plan to improve efficiency using value-stream mapping and metrics for the international operation of your choosing and present to the other participants for critique and improvement.


Additional Information:

This professional development microcredential has a not-for-credit option for $399. SUNY employees receive a 15% discount on not-for-credit International Education Management and Leadership microcredentials.

It could also be taken for one credit towards the MA International Education Management and Leadership and other School of Education graduate degree programs as approved by the department.

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