This blog is for college and university professors who are interested in learning Lean principles and practices and applying them to the design and delivery of courses, academic programs, and academic processes for the purpose of improving:
- Student engagement
- Student learning outcomes
- Value of higher education
It reflects a shared interest in a new line of creative thinking as applied to teaching, and research. We believe that using the innovative Lean teaching pedagogy in higher education will also result in improved:
- Graduation rates
- Post-graduation student success
and that these can be achieved in non-zero-sum (win-win) ways, consistent with the Lean principles, “Continuous Improvement” and “Respect for People,” and the mission of higher education to learn and to educate.
Contrary to popular opinion, the raison d‘etre of Lean is NOT short-term cost cutting or layoffs. Instead, it is to develop human resources by teaching people to identify and correct problems at the source. The focus of Lean is learning and improving, thus elevating the human condition over the long-term.
Blog posts will feature critiques of ongoing changes in higher education by comparing and contrasting non-Lean thinking to Lean thinking.
The views and opinions expressed in The Lean Professor blog are those of the author and do not reflect the views or opinions of any employer or other party. I reserve the right to edit responses to blog posts for brevity and/or clarity.