College of EHHD Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Education, Health and Human Development is to prepare highly qualified professionals through exemplary programs, advance knowledge about education, health, and human development, and serve the people of Montana and the nation through outreach and practical application of its expertise.

College of EHHD Strategic Plan

Updated 19 March 2014

Based on the university’s overarching goals of learning, discovery, engagement, integration, access and stewardship, the College of Education, Health and Human Development (EHHD) created a strategic plan in 2013-2014 that will help shape our future direction, as we continue to serve students and the greater MSU community. This plan will lead us forward over the next five years, from 2015-2020.

Our thanks to faculty who provided input throughout the process and to those faculty members who committed to leading the effort—Lynn Paul, professor, Extension nutrition specialist; Elizabeth Rink, associate professor, community health; Dawn Tarabochia, assistant professor, community health; Carmen Byker, assistant professor, food and nutrition; Robert Carson, professor and director of Northern Plains Transition to Teaching; David Henderson, assistant professor, educational leadership; Tena Versland, assistant professor, educational leadership; and Kathryn Will-Dubyak, director of field placement and licensure.

Strategic Plan Priorities

The complete strategic planning document is also available in a dowloadable version. Follow this link to a downloadable version of the current EHHD Strategic Plan

  1. Learning
  2. Discovery
  3. Engagement
  4. Integration
  5. Access
  6. Stewardship


Goal 2L.1 - Increase retention rates—assess current rates and trends

  • Action: 2L.1 - Examine retention rate data for each program, department, and at the college level, department level, discuss these data, determine additional data needed, and make recommendations for change.

Goal 3L - Maintain or increase undergraduate graduation rates in EHHD.

  • Action 3L.1 - Examine undergraduate student graduation rates at 4, 5, 6 years. Consider external variables that effect graduation such as program, part-time, work, and other factors.
  • Action 3L.2 - Examine graduation rates of transfer students considering the need for classes that are below their class standing.


Goal 1D - Increase financial and personal support for faculty and students discovery projects

  • Action 1D - Maintain or increase college-level financial support for research (e.g., mini travel grants for students and faculty and seed grant support); current level of support is $10,000/yr each for student/faculty travel and seed grants ($20,000 total).

Goals 1D.3 & 3L.3 - Add PhD programs and increase the number of doctoral degree conferrals.

  • Actions 1D.3 & 3L.3 - Add PhD programs in ED by 2015 and in HHD by 2017. While sustaining EdD program, develop new doctoral program curricula including EHHD common courses in research, statistics, curriculum development, etc.; Examine ways to support these programs (e.g., support more doctoral students and fewer master’s students, rotate course offerings to include doctoral courses, join Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate-CPED)


Goal 1E1 -Increase number of students, faculty and staff involved with service, outreach and engagement with Montana communities, regionally, nationally, and globally.

  • Action 1E1 - Increase number of students, faculty and staff involved with service, outreach and engagement with underserved, rural Montana communities.
  • Action 1E1 -Continue and expand engagement projects with students, Montana communities, regionally, nationally and globally.

Goal 2E - Increase engagement collaborations in learning, discovery with Extension agents and alumni.

  • Action 2E.1 -Convene EHHD faculty and staff at MSU Extension Family and Consumer Update in May, 2014 to introduce potential collaborative projects between faculty and agents.
  • Action 2E.2 - At departmental and/or college meetings, determine potential engagement projects with alumni.


Goal 1I - Create opportunities for faculty and students to work across disciplines and in the integration of learning, discovery, and engagement.

  • Action 1I.2 - Develop 2 cross discipline certificates to enable MSU students and faculty to better serve the diverse needs of Montana people and communities

  • Action 1I.3 - Add or revise language in P&T document to recognize integration activities as they pertain to productivity.

  • Action 1I.4 - Promote and market EHHD programs, including fund-raising, in local, state regional and national contexts.


Goal 1A - Expand access to course offerings

  • Action 1A.1 - Expand course offerings to alternative times and methods to meet needs of diverse learners and learners in Montana‘s rural communities


Goal 1SI - Increase Human Resources

  • Action 1S - Obtain information that will answer important SP implementation plans:
    1. EHHD SP goals and content should become incorporated into policies and Role and Scope for faculty assurance and protection as a result of SP changes.
    2. Need strategies for transparency and clarity to support SP.
    3. How does/not SP become incorporated into Policies, Role & Scope?
    4. If SP is approved by upper administration, what does “approval” infer related to human and physical resources?
    5. How does administration’s authority and financial resources factor into implementation of SP?

Goal 2S - Increase Physical Resources. Enhance aesthetic appeal and functional quality of our EHHD physical resources to support high quality learning, research and work environments.

  • Action 2S.3 - Create a committee and plan to utilize space in Reid (top 2 floors) when Business vacates Reid.