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Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes Agreement

Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes Agreement

September 1995

This document has been made available electronically to limit the amount of paper required for wide distribution. For those wanting to print this document, please note that because of its length, the document is located in separate sections:
  • Table of Contents
  • Approval of the Agreement
  • Statement of Intent
  • Executive Summary
  • Preface through Reporting and Accountability
  • Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes Goals
  • Appendices
Note: The 15 percent increases in teaching loads and funded research are not described in detail in the main document. They appear in Jeff Baker's memo to the Board of Regents, which is listed in the Table of Contents as "Approval of the Agreement."

Approval of the Agreement

Statement of Intent

Executive Summary

Process: Shared Governance
Approach of the Task Force on Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes
Commitment of Institutional Effort
   Research Component
Reporting and Accountability

Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes Goals

1. Increase Access to Undergraduate Education
   A. Reduce Time to Degree Completion
   B. Increase Access to Academic Offerings for Nontraditional Students

2. Enhance the Quality and Availability of Advising
   A. Increase Quality of Advising
   B. Enhance Access to Advising

3. Increase Quality of Undergraduate Instruction Through Smaller Classes
   and Through Active and Alternative Modes of Learning
   A. Provide Access to Small, Seminar-style Classes
   B. Provide Active Learning Environments Which Promote Life-long
      Learning Skills

4. Increase the Quality of Undergraduate Education Through Expanded
   Involvement of Undergraduates in Research and Creative Work
   A. Increase Students' Opportunities to Engage in Independent Research
      and Creative Work
   B. Develop Additional External Resources to Support Students' Research
      and Creative Projects
   C. Increase Opportunities for "Capstone" Educational Experiences

5. Increase Quality of Education Through Greater Access to Information
   A. Provide Students Greater Access to Computing and Information
   B. Extend Access to Information Technologies in Classrooms
   C. Enhance Access to Library Resources and Data via Information
   D. Integrate the Use of Information Technologies into Class

6. Reward and Further Develop Teaching Excellence
   A. Elevate the Importance of Teaching Effectiveness in the Promotion
      and Tenure Process and in the Distribution of Merit Salary Awards
   B. Minimize Faculty Committee Work
   C. Expand Opportunities for Faculty Development for Teaching and
      Advising Excellence
   D. Emphasize High-Quality Teaching in Hiring Practices

7. Continue Growth in External Funding Support for Student Learning
   and Education
   A. Seek Additional External Funding for Equipment, Instrumentation,
      and Facilities for Students
   B. Increase External Support for Faculty-student Collaboration in
      Research and Creative Activities
   C. Keep Faculty Nationally and Internationally Competitive

8. Expand Off-Campus Access to Classes and Educational Resources
   Throughout Montana
   A. Increase Course Offerings Available Through Telecommunications
   B. Assure That Extension and Outreach Educational Programs Focus on
      the Critical Needs of Montana

9. Enhance Access to the Intellectual and Physical Resources of the
   University to Support the Economic Development of Montana
   A. Increase Technology Transfer
   B. Enhance Public and Private Access to Faculty Expertise to Promote
      Economic Development

Appendix A. Task Force Membership
Appendix B. Financial Implications of the PQO Agreement
   Table 1: Preliminary Projection of Future Years' Revenue & Expenses
   Table 2: Summary of Projected Revenues and Expenses

On to Approval of the Agreement

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