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."
TABLE OF CONTENTSApproval of the AgreementStatement of IntentExecutive SummaryPrefaceProcess: Shared GovernanceApproach of the Task Force on Productivity, Quality, and OutcomesCommitment of Institutional EffortWorkloadResearch ComponentReporting and AccountabilityProductivity, Quality, and Outcomes Goals1.Increase Access to Undergraduate EducationA.Reduce Time to Degree CompletionB.Increase Access to Academic Offerings for Nontraditional Students2.Enhance the Quality and Availability of AdvisingA.Increase Quality of AdvisingB.Enhance Access to Advising3.Increase Quality of Undergraduate Instruction Through Smaller Classesand Through Active and Alternative Modes of LearningA.Provide Access to Small, Seminar-style ClassesB.Provide Active Learning Environments Which Promote Life-longLearning Skills4.Increase the Quality of Undergraduate Education Through ExpandedInvolvement of Undergraduates in Research and Creative WorkA.Increase Students' Opportunities to Engage in Independent Researchand Creative WorkB.Develop Additional External Resources to Support Students' Researchand Creative ProjectsC.Increase Opportunities for "Capstone" Educational Experiences5.Increase Quality of Education Through Greater Access to InformationTechnologiesA.Provide Students Greater Access to Computing and InformationTechnologiesB.Extend Access to Information Technologies in ClassroomsC.Enhance Access to Library Resources and Data via InformationTechnologiesD.Integrate the Use of Information Technologies into ClassAssignments6.Reward and Further Develop Teaching ExcellenceA.Elevate the Importance of Teaching Effectiveness in the Promotionand Tenure Process and in the Distribution of Merit Salary AwardsB.Minimize Faculty Committee WorkC.Expand Opportunities for Faculty Development for Teaching andAdvising ExcellenceD.Emphasize High-Quality Teaching in Hiring Practices7.Continue Growth in External Funding Support for Student Learningand EducationA.Seek Additional External Funding for Equipment, Instrumentation,and Facilities for StudentsB.Increase External Support for Faculty-student Collaboration inResearch and Creative ActivitiesC.Keep Faculty Nationally and Internationally Competitive8.Expand Off-Campus Access to Classes and Educational ResourcesThroughout MontanaA.Increase Course Offerings Available Through TelecommunicationsB.Assure That Extension and Outreach Educational Programs Focus onthe Critical Needs of Montana9.Enhance Access to the Intellectual and Physical Resources of theUniversity to Support the Economic Development of MontanaA.Increase Technology TransferB.Enhance Public and Private Access to Faculty Expertise to PromoteEconomic DevelopmentAppendix A.Task Force MembershipAppendix B.Financial Implications of the PQO AgreementTable 1:Preliminary Projection of Future Years' Revenue & ExpensesTable 2:Summary of Projected Revenues and Expenses

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