Lean HE Americas

How to get involved:

Getting involved is easy – send along your contact information and we’ll connect you with our network of Lean practitioners. You'll be placed on an email list, and receive a confirmation with a short questionnaire. The email list is used to communicate meeting dates, information, and updates related to the group.

Contact Information:

Ruth Archer, PhD
Director of Continuous Improvement, Michigan Technological University, Michigan, USA raarcher.906@gmail.com

Publications and Links to Resources in the Higher Education Field:

Lean Higher Education: Increasing the Value and Performance of University Processes, 2nd ed., 2020, William K. Balzer

A Guide to Evidencing the Benefits of Change in Higher Education, 2017, Heather Lawrence and Nicola Cairns

Network for Change and Continuous Innovation: www.ncci-cu.org

Upcoming Events:

2021 Lean HE Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, October timeframe

Lean Coffee Chats. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:30 EST. ★★ This is a weekly, 30 minute, virtual networking event. Our purpose is to get to know our colleagues. It's a casual, drop in event. There is no expectation that you'll attend every week. You'll be automatically invited when your email is added to our list.


The Lean HE Americas division gives university, college, and community college Lean practitioners in North and South America an opportunity to network and learn from others in the Lean-in-higher-education arena. This forum will give members opportunities to share best practices and emerging techniques that will support service improvement across their organization. The network will support the use of Lean methodology in higher education. We would like to invite higher education organizations who are practicing Lean, or are in the process of adopting this methodology for their business process improvement initiatives, to join the network.

Lean HE Americas Steering Committee

Lean HE Americas is governed by a steering committee. The following universities are currently represented on the Committee:

  • Ruth Archer, PhD, Chair, Michigan Technological University, USA

  • Krista Schulte, 2019 International Conference Host, University of Michigan, USA

  • Eric O. Olsen, PhD, California Polytechnic State University, USA

  • Kimberley Snage, University of Waterloo, Canada

  • Ray Konecsi, University of Regine, Canada

  • Bill Balzer, PhD, Bowling Green State University, USA

  • Mark McKenzie, University of Washington, USA

  • Jitendra Singh, DHSc, Minnesota State University

We welcome all interested higher education staff and faculty to attend our seminars, meetings and conferences. Members of the network are from the organizations listed below:

  • Algonquin College, USA

  • Berea College, USA

  • Bowling Green State University, USA

  • California Polythechnic State University, USA

  • Capella University, USA

  • Conestoga College, Canada

  • Cornell University, USA

  • Des Moines Area Community College, USA

  • Ferris State University, USA

  • George Fox University, USA

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

  • Indiana University, USA

  • Iowa State University, USA

  • Kent State University, USA

  • Kettering University, USA

  • Marquette University, USA

  • McMaster University, Canada

  • Miami University, USA

  • Michigan State University, USA

  • Michigan Technological University, USA

  • Minnesota State University Moorhead, USA

  • Mt Hood Community College, USA

  • New Brunswick Community College, Canada

  • Oberlin College, USA

  • Ohio University, USA

  • Ryerson University, Canada

  • Southern New Hampshire University, USA

  • St Norbert College, USA

  • The Ohio State University, USA

  • University of California Davis, USA

  • University of California Irvine, USA

  • University of California San Diego, USA

  • University of Central Oklahoma, USA

  • University of Colorado, USA

  • University of Dayton, USA

  • University of Illinois, USA

  • University of Maine, USA

  • University of Miama, USA

  • University of Michigan, USA

  • University of New Brunswick, Canada

  • University of North Alabama, USA

  • University of North Texas, USA

  • University of Northern Iowa, USA

  • University of Regina, Canada

  • University of Michigan HSC, USA

  • University of Tennessee HSC, USA

  • University of Texas Arlington, USA

  • University of Texas Dallas, USA

  • University of Utah, USA

  • University of Washington, USA

  • University of Waterloo, Canada

  • Utah Valley University, USA

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

  • Wayne State University, USA

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, USA

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

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