Montana State University
MSU STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROPOSAL FOR INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES
PROPOSAL OVERVIEW
TitleCat Career Trips Request Date2012-12-04
DepartmentUniversity College Emailleocadio.esqueda12@gmail.com
RequestorCarl Noges, Leocadio Esqueda, Laci Sanders, Trey Roadifer, Hunter Shereem Phone(541)892-5163 alternate (206)718-1356
INSTITUTIONAL BENEFIT
Campuses Bozeman Billings Havre Great Falls FSTS Extension MAES
Cross Depts  
TIMEFRAME
Proposed Dates Start:   End:  
PROPOSAL SUMMARY
Our goal is to help students find what they like and want to pursue as a career early on in their college years. Most undergraduates change their majors at least once or twice. These trips will allow the students to get an experience beyond the classroom that will give them a foresight into a possible career. Allowing these major trips will not only help students decide what they want to do but it will help them choose a major early on so they can graduate on time while heading in the right direction based on their needs and interests.
STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
Montana State University is committed to the success of its students by providing the best education possible. However, we must continue to expand on the educational opportunities that MSU has to offer. This means reaching out to access a higher education; to learn from the best, the professionals themselves. These majors trips will motivate students to get involved with real world professionals around the Bozeman area that work in the same fields that match the studentís interests. This also gives students a break from the everyday classroom and throws them into a totally different, fun and hands on learning environment.
COST AND REQUIREMENTS
Funding Type: One-Time Only Funding Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding
  FY13 FY14 FY15 Base ($) OTO Startup ($)   FTE;
Salaries              
Benefits              
Materials & Supplies 400  350  250         
Travel 17000  17000  17000         
Contracted Services 7500  7500  7500         
Capital              
Other Operations 100  150  250         
TOTAL 25000  25000  25000     
Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.

All numbers are assuming around 50 kids per trip.

 

    The costs and requirements of the proposal will vary each year depending on many variables.  The allocation is subject to change.  Initially, after research, each one-day trip will cost around $1,000-2,000 to rent a charter bus.  Twice a month, there will be two simultaneous trips traveling to different destinations.  This is about $5,000 per month for two months.  The final, weekend trip will generally cost $7,000 for a charter bus and 3-star hotel rooms for the weekend. 

   There is a remaining $8,000 per year to be spent on scheduling trips and marketing the trips.  The top priority of payment goes to the cost of tours at the firms.  The rest can be paid to the employee who schedules the trips as a bonus to their salary.  A portion can also be spent to market the upcoming trips.

PROPOSAL SCOPE
Describe the Proposal

    We intend to use the $25,000 for college trips. Freshmen and sophomore students who are both decided and undecided in their major would go to nearby businesses, department by department; to see examples of job options they could have with different degrees. They could see firsthand all the different options this world has to offer and the benefits of getting a degree in something they love. This could help students decide the career path they would like to follow earlier on instead of changing majors 2-3 times just to find something they’re interested in. There would be 12 trips and one final trip (the final would include all departments going to one place) for the following colleges: College of Letters and Science, College of Education and Human Health and Development, College of Engineering, College of Arts and Architecture, College of Business, College of Agriculture, and College of Nursing; each college going on two individual trips. The 13th trip would include all the colleges to a business orientated city in a nearby state (i.e. Spokane, WA, Denver, CO…). These trips would be to businesses that would correlate with a college and students would be allowed to go on up to 2 trips (including the final trip). The first twelve trips would be day trips to nearby (200 mi radius) or even Bozeman companies. The final trip, however, would be a weekend trip, involving all the departments, to a major city in a neighboring state offering businesses, and possibly major corporations, for students of the sort to experience. All the travelling would be done by buses and all of which would be contacted weeks in advance.                                                                                                                                                                                 

     

 

 
Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal

    This proposal will allow students, of freshman or sophomore year, to get a glimpse of what their future holds, to see what all their hard work is going towards, and most importantly, to see what exactly their getting themselves into. We’ve created a proposal focusing on helping students figure out what they want to do with their lives and see the bigger picture of getting a college education. By taking time out of school and going on department trips to various places around Bozeman and surrounding states we hope to generate a higher graduation rate and push students to think about how they could impact a greater cause. They will see how they could fit into a the network of society, which will ultimately, comfort students knowing attending MSU is worth all the time and effort that goes into getting a degree. If students get a grasp on the future, they’ll be able to conquer the present and push themselves to graduate, furthering the Montana State University graduation rate.

 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Implementation Plan

   This proposal is to be set in motion in the beginning of December. It will be advertised by flyers, the Exponent, and a meeting to give students details and reasoning for attending.  In January, a trip coordinator budget, set the dates, and contact the businesses. Students will then be able to register online, ensuring their presence. The trips will begin in the middle of February, lasting until the middle of April, giving students plenty of time to study for finals.

 
Assessment Plan

   Each month there will be objectives that will have to have been met. These indicators will include scheduling small trips, getting students signed up, scheduling busses and preparing for the large trip. These objectives will be met by an assigned faculty or volunteer group which will report to a higher individual.

 
If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?

The small trips most likely will be very active, cheap and easy to create; however, the large trip may not create the same scenario. If the large trip does not have enough students signed up for it to be worth it, the trip is too expensive or if businesses cannot be coordinated to the same dates then the large trip will be cancelled. The money left will be used to continue even more small trips throughout the rest of the year.

 
SIGNATURES
Executive/VP: Kiah Abbey (asmsupres@msu.montana.edu)