MSUii Frequently Asked Questions
  • What does this mean to me?
  • Internal to the university, you may see changes in procedures and the way work gets done. Students and community members should see improvements in services, transferability between campuses, and their general experiences with the university.
  • What can I do to help?
  • If you have an idea for an integration or process improvement, use the box on the MSUii home page to submit it. If you are asked for information relative to your area of responsibility, provide it as thoroughly and promptly as you can manage. If you are interested in working on a team, talk to the team lead or email the Program Management Office at pmo@montana.edu. Stay informed by monitoring this web site and always ask the questions, "Does this benefit all four campuses?" "Is there a way to make this the same across all four campuses?" "Is there a smarter way to do this?"
  • Does everything have to be exactly the same at all four campuses?
  • No, there are often good business reasons why something should be different on one campus than another. Generally, having different processes, procedures, and business practices reduces efficiency and increases cost. Things should be the same for efficiency UNLESS there is a compelling reason not to be the same.
  • How is the work being funded?
  • Most of the work of the program is occurring as part of normal working hours—staff, faculty, and students are contributing time out of their daily duties. Investments in improvements are funded from operational savings or reserves. Not all possible improvements will be funded; those that are not funded will be monitored for future funding opportunities.
  • How are projects prioritized for funding purposes?
  • Projects are evaluated to determine their strategic alignment, benefit, cost (including time and effort), and probability of success. A scorecard determines their ranking, which can be modified by executive committee. In this way a system of checks and balances determines prioritization for funding.
  • How do I get my IT projects done now?
  • Improvements, innovations, or implementations that impact IT resources must be submitted to the Program Management Office (PMO) as a project request. All IT-impacting work at the university, including but not limited to MSUii projects, must be strategically prioritized according to the university IT Resource Management Policy. The PMO facilitates that process. Functional area units can request IT projects by contacting the PMO at pmo@montana.edu.
  • I have an idea for an improvement—who do I talk to?
  • Submit your idea in the idea box on the MSUii home page, or email pmo@montana.edu.
  • I have an integration project, how can I get support from the MSUii team?
  • Contact the Program Management Office at pmo@montana.edu to discuss your project.
  • What areas of the university are involved?
  • All four campuses are involved in a number of functional areas including Academic Administration, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Human Resources, Finance, and Information Technology.
  • Will jobs be eliminated?
  • No jobs will be eliminated because of MSUii. When efficiencies are found that result in more available time, that time can be spent in many different ways as needed by the department.
  • Will my job duties change?
  • Some job duties may change, just as always. Repetitive duties are the most likely to be reduced or eliminated.
  • Will curricula be integrated across campuses?
  • Curricula, learning objectives, and academic content are not being integrated in MSUii. The Academic Administration team focuses on areas such as course calendars, course numbering, and other processes specific to delivering academic instruction and research.
  • What is the difference between One MSU and MSUii?
  • One MSU is the President's vision of the future for the university, where we operate as a single organization in multiple locations. MSUii is the collective work of teams of people, the guidelines and policies and the identified projects to implement that vision.

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