How has Valdosta State University contributed to Lean Six Sigma for Higher Education?
Valdosta State University has actively strived to champion the Chancellor's Lean Sigma for Higher Education initiative through conducting a number of projects on our own campus in order to apply the principles of Lean Six Sigma existing processes.
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As these projects are completed, we will add links to additional project details.
The purpose of the project was to develop a method to ensure the purchases of janitorial
supplies are in compliance with Board of Regents, State of Georgia, and Valdosta State University
policies as related to bidding requirements. Secondary to this is the benefits of reduced costs of
supplies and increased efficiency in the purchasing process. The methodologies used for this project can be extended to other categories of purchased products throughout the University.
Due to increasing travel costs, VSU’s expenditures associated with required employee travel have increased. VSU seeks to be more efficient with existing vehicles and resources available. The purpose of the project is to decrease VSU’s expenditures on vehicle rentals and mileage costs associated with usage of personal vehicles.
New employee processing breaks down into three major steps: forwarding of Human Resources paperwork, issuing of VSU Information Technology accounts, and delivery and setup of an office computer. Due to the number of organizations that are involved, as well as the fact that many steps are dependent on prior steps being completed first, there are a number of opportunities for increasing process efficiency through streamlining. This project is focused on decreasing the average number of business days it takes for the entire process to be completed.
Project Results (PDF)
VSU is conserving energy. Cleaner, greener energy supplies may provide the cleanest supplies of needed electricity, but minimizing the energy we need is still the first step to take before selecting the cleanest, greenest supplies. Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants. Electrical load reduction plans have been implemented by Plant Operations in support of the electrical reduction efforts. This project will focus on decreasing electricity consumption.