Site Spotlight: Operational Excellence showcases staff members

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SMU’s Office of Operational Excellence (OPEX) has introduced a new website feature: a series of  stories about staff members who’ve taken on new leadership roles since the implementation of Operational Excellence for the Second Century (OE2C) and “are helping bring more innovation and efficiency to campus operations,” according to their blog.

The “Staff Spotlight” series includes profiles of staffers and initiatives including Jason Warner, Academic Technology Services; Vali Dicus, Shared Services; and Yvette Castilla, Academic Support.

OPEX updates the blog regularly with information on OE2C initiatives and new endeavors such as the Staff Recognition Initiative and the Data Warehouse Initiative. Bookmark the site to keep up with the latest: smu.edu/opex.

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OE2C: Faculty, staff suggestions for continuous improvement needed to sustain savings, efficiencies

SMU has begun the next phase in its Operational Excellence for the Second Century (OE2C) project. A new post on the OE2C website describes its mission:

As it charts its own course for the future, SMU will continue to implement initiatives begun over the past year, and will soon establish “continuous improvement” teams to examine other ways – suggested by staff, faculty and students – to improve administrative functions and reallocate funds to the academic mission.

The article also reaffirms that OE2C is still seeking questions, comments and suggestions from faculty and staff members:

Julie Wiksten, associate vice president for Operational Excellence and director of the OE2C Office, said the SMU community should expect even more improvements in the years ahead as her office continues sifting through suggestions/ideas for operational improvements and implementing those that work.

More than 50 ideas submitted by staff, faculty and students are up for consideration, she said, adding that some already have been implemented.

“We have made great progress toward our overall goal of reallocating $25-$35 million from administrative expense to our academic mission,” Wiksten said. “But we still have a long way to go. The OE2C Office exists in part to help keep our focus on making SMU a leader among academic institutions. We welcome the participation and ideas of staff, faculty and students to help make that happen.”

Faculty and staff members can send their input to OE2C through this website form.

> Read the full story at SMU’s Operational Excellence for the Second Century website