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Goal: Infrastructure

To Create Effective Work Flow and Structures that Enable the College of Health Sciences to Enhance Teaching and Scholarship Outputs that Contribute to Life-long Health

This goal was generated because the college staff identified the need to address many poor functioning processes and systems within the university, health services, college and schools.  What follows is an update on progress that has been made on three objectives and a variety of strategies/objectives that were identified as part of the COHS strategic planning process.

Objective 1:

To Improve Efficiency of Operating Systems to Build Resource Capacity

To this end the college has conducted 5 separate Lean 6-Sigma trainings for approximately 60 staff in the COHS. The trainings are used to develop skills related to identifying problems, improving efficiency and quality.  Ultimately the trainings will allow staff to maximize their time on activities that more directly relate to the core functions of teaching, research and service.  The areas that have been used in the training include:

  • Clinical placements and a common process and system for the COHS
  • Generate an efficient and common contract process for student placements in clinicals and practicums across COHS
  • Generate a common student tracking and managing system across COHS.  This would help maintain quality self-support programming
  • Faculty engagement in faculty annual review processes
  • Centralization of selected services, e.g., P-cards, travel, etc. to administrative assistants across the COHS. In short these individuals would act as college experts

During the spring semester of 2017 the Lean 6-Sigma efforts described above will begin to be implemented across the COHS.  Also, additional staff will be trained in the Lean 6-Sigma process.

Objective 2:

To Utilize Current and Future Centers and Institutes as a Vehicle for Promoting Relevant Research, Teaching and Service

Considerable effort has been focused to the Blue Sky Institute (BSI) which is jointly supported by COHS and COBE.  The Institute was approved by the SBOE in the summer of 2016 when it was presented by the deans of COHS and COBE.  Leaders from Saint Alphonsus, Saint Lukes’, Health and Welfare and Blue Cross of Idaho have identified mental health as the complex problem to jointly address.  By January of 2017, specific activities related to mental health through the BSI will be identified.  These efforts will include faculty and staff with Boise State and the partner organizations that will result in research, teaching and service.

Objective 3:

To Improve the Efficiency of the College’s Knowledge Transfer Process Through an Onboarding and Exiting System for Faculty and Staff

The college has not made progress on this objective.  The Dean plans on working with staff and college leaders during the spring/summer of 2017 to address this objective.