Operational Excellence for the Second Century (OE2C) aims to strengthen the long-term economic vitality of SMU and its academic mission through operational improvements and savings. Learn more.


Finance Initiative (December 19, 2014)

Finance Initiative Begins Identifying Savings and Operational Efficiencies Last year, spending on finance administration at SMU was 70% more than at our peer institutions, due largely to duplication of work and systematic inefficiencies. To help the University save up to

Organization Design Initiative (December 4, 2014)

During the diagnostic phase of the OE2C project, our research revealed that our most efficient and effective peers in higher education utilize flattened and less hierarchical organizational structures, with fewer “layers” and larger “spans.” To help the University create an

Procurement Initiative (November 25, 2014)

The Procurement initiative team aims to help the University realize $11-15 million in annual savings by both delivering quick savings in a few specific spending categories and designing a high performing purchasing organization.

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