Six Sigma is a process that aims to use statistics and data to review and correct mistakes. Six Sigma uses DMAIC, which stands for define, measure, analyze, improve, and control. These are key aspects that can be performed in every industry to improve the performance of a business or institution. The process relies on mathematics and solutions and can reduce errors in a system. The education system can also benefit from Six Sigma processes as it can be compared to a manufacturing process that produces intelligent graduates every year.
Manufacturers typically transform materials into finished products after processing them through several steps until they produce the final good. In this way, the education system is also producing students and graduates by processing them through several steps. The steps and factors that decide the quality of the graduates are curriculum, teachers, pedagogy, and assessment methods.
In a manufacturing process, a company needs to reduce waste and that also needs to happen in education. In education, waste can mean a wide range of things such as useless topics or topics that are taught in other classes, redundant introductions, and others. Only by eliminating some of the waste can excellent people rise out of the education system.
Six Sigma can enable the education system to better track the evolution of students throughout the years. The education system can analyze a couple of factors that directly control the quality of education, such as professors, course materials, GPA, or the number of students in each class. To do that, inputs and outputs can be used to notice which inputs have the biggest impact on the outputs. The institution can represent the students’ performance indicators through retention rate, graduation rate and the number of students employed in their field of study.
Six Sigma can be used to streamline enrollment in the education system. This can improve students’ satisfaction as well as save some costs and expenses for a school or university. In the enrollment process, there are many unnecessary inconveniences and issues that appear during the enrollment that could be avoided with the use of Six Sigma processes. Six Sigma can help an institution identify what can be improved so that the institution works better as well as recognize the key aspects of it.
With Six Sigma processes, schools and universities have the potential to identify the strengths and weaknesses of every student by analyzing their performances throughout a set period. In this way, students can benefit from extra help and receive instructors and advisors that could serve their goals and needs and prepare them for the future and what they want to achieve.
Six Sigma can also help the education system with better scheduling and reduce tiredness in teachers and students which can decrease satisfaction and, therefore, their overall performance. To improve satisfaction and performance, schools can also optimize technology to match the courses and curriculum as well as search for the right staff and teachers to educate the students.