- The Lean process improvement philosophy has been proposed as a method for improving components of Higher Education (HE), including student learning outcomes; however, current lean applications to HE have focused on administrative operations or general institutional interventions. Comparatively little work has been performed applying lean to teaching. This work fills this gap in the lean HE literature. Specifically, we investigate how lean can be applied to the university classroom. We used a literature review to assess lean in HE and conducted a case study in an introductory engineering computing class. The current state of the class is measured in terms of course grade performance, curriculum materials, and student feedback and analyzed for root causes of potential problems; improvements are then recommended for implementation based on lean principles and practices. The methodology presented in this work may be applied for educators looking to implement continuous improvement practices in their teaching.