Strategic Plan & Mission Statement


As the College of Education, Health and Human Development enters the new millennium, we look forward to the future with confidence that is born of the success of the past and strengthened by the realization that we can control our own future. Our strategic plan, titled "A New Millennium College," reflects a commitment on the part of the faculty, staff, students, and administration of the College of Education, Health and Human Development to build a college of the future that is widely recognized for its exemplary personnel and programs and for the value of its services to the State of Montana. A New Millennium College is a dynamic plan that will undergo constant change and refinement through collegial planning that is responsive to our ever-changing environment. The plan has been created to help us focus our actions in ways that will best achieve a widely shared vision for the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

A New Millennium College outlines the mission, goals, and objectives of the College of Education, Health and Human Development and the actions that will be taken to achieve our vision of the future. The plan also includes ten priorities established by the Dean that help give direction to the College and strengthen its collective resolve to continue to be a leader into the 21st century. The plan serves as a template against which each decision should be measured and our resources directed. We must all share in the responsibility to ensure that the goals defined in our plan are reflected in action and that these actions serve to increase our value to constituencies and the quality of our own professional experiences at Montana State University.

The strategic plan presented in this document is the work of many people who have committed us to an outstanding future. The plan echoes the input from a broad cross-section of individuals through Montana and within Montana State University. Many accepted the invitation to share in the development of our future. In the end, A New Millennium College is a project of passion to be the best, a commitment to continuous improvement and a concern for those we serve.

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.

The New Millennium College

The following goals are aligned with the outcomes of the environmental scan conducted during fall 1999 and reflect the collective vision of faculty, staff, students, administration, and outside constituencies of the College of Education, Health and Human Development. Environmental scanning resulted in ten general themes to be addressed by strategic planning and action over the next five years. The ten themes served as the basis for development of the corresponding ten goals that follow. These ten goals, in turn, have driven the development of a five-year strategic plan for the allocation of resources and effort within the College of Education, Health and Human Development. The goals, objectives, actions, and evaluations representing the College's comprehensive five-year strategic plan make up the vision we share with our constituencies, referred to as "The New Millennium College."

Goals for the New Millennium College

The College of Education, Health and Human Development will:

  • Develop a nationally known, student-centered teaching and research college with a strong commitment to the success of its students.
  • Model an appreciation of human diversity broadly defined as reflected in the study of other cultures and a learning environment sensitive to individual needs and backgrounds.

  • Fulfill the unique education, health, and human service needs of Montana and the nation through its traditionally strong instructional and research programs.

  • Expand collaboration within the College, across campus, and with external constituencies that result in mutual benefit and advance the shared goals of the College.

  • Promote and support excellence in teaching, research, and service in a leadership role at the state and national levels.

  • Excel in the use of technology as a teaching and learning tool and as a vehicle for mitigating the challenges of education and health in rural America.

  • Achieve effective communication within the College and between the College and its many constituencies and friends.

  • Promote the programs and accomplishments of the College so that they are highly visible to those who may benefit by them, as well as those who wish to invest in the College.

  • Strive to ensure that faculty and staff experience quality work lives that enable them to achieve the highest levels of professional success.

  • Expand extramural funding through gifts, grants and contracts, and entrepreneurial activities in support of students, quality programs, and new initiatives.


Our college is home to a wide variety of programs that fulfill Montana's land grant mission of providing services to the people of Montana and beyond.

Our college helps soldiers serve their country again as teachers - they can even take online classes while stationed overseas. Other programs help grandparents get support as they face challenges in raising their grandchildren, help HIV and AIDS patients find affordable and safe housing, and help tribal leaders prevent asthma in Native American children.

The College of Education, Health and Human Development is also home to various programs that provide unique services to improve quality of life. Programs include the MOST of Us campaign, Messengers for Health, the Child Development Center, the Early Childhood Project, the 4Health Project, Montana Team Nutrition and the Montana Nutrition & Physical Activity program.