CQI Program Affiliations

As practitioners of Lean and Six Sigma process improvement across campus here at Wayne State, we in PAI utilize industry-standard methods that align with best practices recommended through our affilations with the following industry-leading groups:

Network for Change and Continuous Improvement (NCCI)

With a mission to advance change and innovation in higher education, NCCI positions higher education institutions to be agile, lifelong learning models to transform lives and communities around the world. Their goal is to the goal of advance sustainable excellence in higher education by promoting successful practices and approaches used to drive change, innovation, and continuous improvement across academic and administrative functions.


The Lean Institute (LEI)

The Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice. Founded in 1997, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. LEI carries out its mission through value streams: Lean Education, Lean Learning Materials, Co-Learning Partnerships, the Lean Summit conferences, and its website lean.org. In addition, LEI exchange information across the world through the Lean Global Network, consisting of more than a dozen nonprofit organizations similar to LEI, sharing a common mission in different countries.


Lean in Higher Education (Lean HE)

Lean in Higher Education (Lean HE) aims to ensure that continuous improvement philosophies and practitioners within Higher Education (HE) are themselves always improving. We do this for the good of all those whom HE serves. Lean HE has been developed for improvement practitioners in the high education sector, by improvement practitioners working in the sector. A lean culture embeds respect for people, and this needs to be foremost in our lean journeys, to engage our people and enthuse them with a sense of purpose to make our universities even better, to support our students, society and the world. Lean has a clear role in supporting staff well-being and in creating safe spaces for exploring change.


Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC)

The Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) was founded in 2008 by a group of forward-thinking individuals who firmly believed that if every Michigan organization used lean principles, the state's economy would rebound. The founders' goal was to spread lean principles and tools throughout the state to make Michigan the best place in the country to live, learn, and earn. Our Mission: Transform Michigan's organizations and economy by developing and supporting lean systems thinkers. MLC has more than 950 members representing 15-plus industries and broad spectrum of lean expertise - from novice to advanced. Geographically, membership covers the entire state—from Detroit to Grand Rapids to the Upper Peninsula.