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Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes Agreement
Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes Goals
1. Increase Access to Undergraduate Education.
The faculty, staff, and administration of Montana State
University-Bozeman are committed to enhancing access to undergraduate
course offerings to assure that students are able to progress through
their academic programs in a timely, effective, and efficient manner.
This commitment will be demonstrated through a number of specific
goals and outcomes measures. Taken in aggregate, the following goals
will significantly enhance MSU-Bozeman's efforts to serve students.
- Reduce Time to Degree Completion.
Goal: Students who seek to complete their academic degrees
in a timely fashion and who demonstrate a commitment to
their academic program should not be hindered in those
Implementation: MSU-Bozeman will pursue numerous strategies
to reduce the time to degree completion, particularly for
first-time, full-time students. The Implementation Task
Force, established for the implementation of the
Productivity, Quality, and Outcomes Agreement, will develop
an action plan to meet these objectives. The curricular and
programmatic strategies for these purposes will include:
- Implement Four-Year Graduation Contract.
Students who subscribe to this contract and meet its
requirements will be compensated by the University for
additional course work required to complete degree
requirements as the result of lack of access to
- Guarantee course availability which assures
full-time students access to the courses they need to
graduate within four years.
- Review and reassess undergraduate curricula
for improvements in the structure, content, and
articulation, particularly with respect to the core
curriculum and disciplinary majors.
- Facilitate the transfer of students academic
credits from one campus to another.
- Enhance the quality and availability of
academic advising (see 2 below).
- Ensure that students who advance beyond the
freshman year possess the communication and analytical
skills needed for upper division course work.
- Promote and facilitate the course challenge
process which enables students to demonstrate
competency in course subject areas.
- Implement one of the several available prior
learning assessment and validation processes to give
appropriate credit for prior learning where feasible.
- Review and assess impact of course
availability on student progress and reallocate
instructional resources to mitigate potential
- Through FY 1999, demonstrate continuous increase in
the number of students who successfully complete the
Four-Year Contract, as well as decrease in the amount
of compensation paid by the University to fulfill the
Baseline = None
- Through FY 1999, demonstrate continuous declines in the
average total number of credit hours taken by first-time, full-time
undergraduate students beyond their program credit requirements.
The target for FY 1997 is to reduce average total credit hours from
the base of 150.45 to 147.00 credit hours, and to reach a target of
140.00 average total credit hours by FY 1999.
Baseline = 150.45; FY 1997 = 147.00; FY 1999 = 140.00
- Maintain or increase the percent of the institutional
budget which is allocated to the instructional program,
insofar as fixed institutional costs (e.g., utilities)
Baseline = 55.6%
- Increase Access to Academic Offerings for Nontraditional
Goal: Many MSU-Bozeman students are unable to attend on
a full-time basis or during conventional daytime schedules.
The University needs to employ a variety of strategies to
make educational opportunities more readily available for
this growing portion of our student population. These can
include self-paced learning opportunities, asynchronous
course delivery, telecommunication-based course offerings,
and conventional evening, weekend, and compressed course
- Increase by 20% the availability of course sections
for students who are unable to attend during
traditional schedules by FY 1999.
Baseline = 271; FY 1999 20% improvement = 325
- Increase by 20% the number of students enrolled in
course sections offered during nontraditional times
and formats by FY 1999.
Baseline = 5265; FY 1999 20% improvement = 6318
2. Enhance the Quality and Availability of Advising.
A student's success in an academic program requires access to
effective academic and career advising. Quality advising is also
essential to assure that students will progress through their degree
programs in a timely fashion and understand how to take full advantage
of the educational resources of the University. MSU-Bozeman is
committed to enhancing the quality of advising and access to advisors.
- Increase Quality of Advising.
Goal: Students will have confidence that the advising
they receive is accurate, timely, and relevant to their
particular needs. Advisors will be highly knowledgeable
about academic requirements and career opportunities. They
will also demonstrate a commitment to serve students and to
provide high quality academic and career advice.
Implementation: The Implementation Task Force will develop
action plans which will include a variety of
implementation strategies to achieve this goal. These
strategies will address curricular change as well as faculty
reward and development structures. Specific strategies
- Collaboration with the efforts of the University's
Assessment and Outcomes program which has established
preliminary tracking mechanisms to track advisee
- Establishment of department-specific plans tailored to
the unique advising needs of students in each academic
department within the University to assure that
information regarding academic requirements is readily
available to all students and that all faculty are
well informed of curricular developments.
- Expansion of available information technologies to
assure that faculty have immediate access to
appropriate student records and transfer information.
- Training of faculty in both the most effective
advising skills and the use of information technologies
for advising purposes (see 6.C).
- Development of lower division seminar style courses
which will enhance interaction between faculty and
students, increase student self-reliance, and provide
direct advice to students.
- Greater integration of faculty performance as advisors
into annual evaluations and merit pay decisions.
- By January, 1996, each academic department will
have reviewed and modified its annual review/merit pay
process to include assessment of advising as an
integral part of faculty evaluation (in place by Fall,
- By FY 1997, all faculty and advisors will have
access to "On Course," the on-line academic advising
system, and they will have the ability to produce
electronic academic progress reports for students,
which will substantially reduce the use of paper and
the length of waiting lines.
- By FY 1996, a new advising assessment instrument
being developed at Kansas State University will be
piloted on the MSU-Bozeman campus. The instrument
requests information in six specific advising areas.
- Student satisfaction with the quality of academic
and career advising, as demonstrated through survey
data and focus groups, will show continuous improvement
through FY 1999.
Baseline in Academic Advising = 72% Excellent or Good
Baseline in Career Advising = To be established
- Enhance Access to Advising.
Goal: It is essential that all academic departments
provide advising support for students in an easily
accessible manner and at times which are suited to students
needs. Accessible advising includes both formal and
informal advising activities. Academic advising will foster
student self-confidence and promote student self-discipline.
- Access to advising will also be reflected in the
academic progress of students, as indicated by declines
in time to graduation measured in 1.A above.
- By Fall 1996, each academic department will have a
plan developed and in place to enhance the quality and
accessibility of advising.
- Student satisfaction with the accessibility of
academic advisors will show continuous improvement
through FY 1999, based upon survey and focus group
Baseline in the major = 84% Excellent or Good Ratings
3. Increase Quality of Undergraduate Education Through Smaller
Classes and Through Active and Alternative Modes of Learning.
The quality of undergraduate education can be enhanced by
assuring that all students have a variety of educational experiences
throughout their studies, including classes of various sizes and
formats. Access to small, seminar-style courses can provide close
interaction between students and faculty members and allow students to
establish working relationships with their classmates and professors
alike. These modes of instruction can be particularly effective for
lower division (freshmen and sophomore) students. Quality and
effectiveness in undergraduate education, as well as enhanced learning
productivity, also require that students be engaged in active learning
processes in which they develop responsibility for their own learning
and the interactive skills which today's employers expect. Active
learning includes those pedagogical techniques which engage students
directly in problem-solving, debate and discussion, the collection and
analysis of information, and the application of knowledge to new
situations or issues. Students who are active learners take
responsibility for their own educations and are more likely to become
effective life-long learners, attributes that employers value highly.
- Provide access to small, seminar-style classes.
Goal: All students, but especially lower division students,
should have access to small, seminar-style courses in a
variety of academic departments, including interdisciplinary
courses. These classes should include many forms of
pedagogical techniques and subject matters, but they should
emphasize core curriculum requirements which enhance student
movement toward degree completion.
Implementation: The Implementation Task Force will
establish action plans for revisions in the curriculum and
its delivery which will direct institutional efforts toward
this goal. This process will include a variety of
strategies that focus attention on undergraduate course
offerings. These include:
Outcomes Measure: Through FY 1999, the number of small
enrollment, seminar-style course sections available to lower
division students will increase by 100%.
- Review of current program requirements to assess their
effectiveness and efficiency, and to identify
opportunities to reallocate resources for smaller class
- Assess the Core Curriculum to determine if the present
content and mode of delivery can be redesigned to
increase availability of smaller, seminar style
classes, including freshman seminars.
- Reallocate existing resources to small class
- Implement the Assessment and Outcomes programs
strategies to track the academic progress of cohorts of
students with respect to their developing writing and
math skills during the course of their undergraduate
Baseline = 113; FY 1997 60% Increase; FY 1999 100% Inc.=226
- Provide Active Learning Environments Which Promote
Life-long Learning Skills.
Goal: Lower division courses, as well as upper division,
should require and include opportunities for active
learning. Regardless of the size of a class, students
should be engaged in group learning activities, directed
self-study, and active discussion and debate with classmates
and faculty, and there should be emphasis on introspection.
They should learn to utilize the informational and
intellectual resources of the University to develop
life-long learning skills and to understand how to apply
knowledge and theory to new situations and challenges.
Implementation: The Implementation Task Force will develop
an action plan to promote active learning across the
curriculum. The strategies employed must involve the
promotion of appropriate pedagogies within courses, faculty
development, and faculty support and recognition. In
particular, the Task Force will consider strategies which:
- Provide faculty with information and training on
active learning teaching methods through faculty
seminars and symposia. The Task Force has a target of
12 such events per year.
- Encourage development of new active learning projects
in various academic programs by providing resources and
support to faculty.
- Acknowledge faculty efforts to establish active
learning methods through the Universitys teaching
awards and annual performance assessments.
- By FY 1999, the amount of active learning components
included in course syllabi for all lower division
courses will increase 15%.
- By FY 1999, faculty skills and abilities in the
application of active learning techniques will be
enhanced as described in 6.C, D below.
4. Increase the Quality of Undergraduate Education Through Expanded
Involvement of Undergraduates in Research and Creative Work.
One of the many advantages of undergraduate education at
universities is the opportunity for undergraduate students to become
directly involved in research and creative activities. In this
fashion, students take a more active role in their own educations,
develop research skills and self-discipline, demonstrate their
intellectual abilities and creativity, and enhance their intellectual
curiosity. MSU-Bozeman has a national reputation in this area as
evidenced by the extraordinary success of its students in competitions
such as Goldwater Scholarships and USA Today Academic All-Americans.
MSU-Bozeman is committed to increasing even further its students'
involvement in research and creative work in direct collaboration with
- Increase Students' Opportunities to Engage in Independent
Research and Creative Work.
Goal: All students at MSU-Bozeman will have the opportunity
to engage in independent research and creative work with faculty support
and guidance. This work will be sufficiently challenging and rigorous
to engage students and stimulate them to higher levels of academic performance
It will also provide opportunity for integration of concepts and ideas across
fields and disciplines.
Implementation: This goal will be met by increasing the
attention given to independent student research and creative
work by both students and faculty. The Director of the
Undergraduate Scholars Program and faculty advisory
committees will identify the opportunities for expanding
current efforts, for increasing student and faculty
awareness of undergraduate scholarship, and for developing
greater faculty participation. Specifically, they will:
- Promote the importance of undergraduate scholarly
activities through a variety of student and faculty
forums, meetings, and publications, as well as by
recognizing student accomplishments through the many
external awards they garner.
- Work with departments to establish department- and
discipline-specific research opportunities for
- Coordinate their efforts with those of the
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to establish
policies and procedures which recognize undergraduate
scholarship and give appropriate credit for it.
- Recruit undergraduate students to participate in
undergraduate scholarly activities.
- Encourage, through deans and department heads, faculty
participation in independent undergraduate research and
- Have in place and fully operational an
Undergraduate Scholars Program with the purpose of
working directly with faculty and students to enhance
research and creative opportunities for students.
- By FY 1999, there will be a 20% increase in the number
of students engaged in independent research and
Baseline = 2,196; FY 1999 20% Improvement = 2,635
- Develop Additional External Resources to Support Students'
Research and Creative Projects.
Goal: External resources are essential to support students'
research and creative projects, for the availability of
funding allows students to engage in more complex and
challenging activities than would otherwise be possible.
Students should have access to funds on a competitive basis
to help with their projects.
Outcomes Measure: Secure $50,000 in additional
external funding to support undergraduate research and
creative activities by FY 1999.
- Increase Opportunities for Capstone Educational
Goal: In capstone courses, students can reveal their
capacities to synthesize their studies in a variety of
culminating experiences such as senior theses or projects
which may be multidisciplinary, practice-oriented, or
practical applications of their research. Students at
MSU-Bozeman will have greatly enhanced access to capstone
Implementation: The Implementation Task Force will work with
academic departments to promote the inclusion of capstone
courses into degree requirements. In most cases, this work
will involve the revision of existing courses, rather than
the creation of new courses. The Provost's Office will work
with the Task Force to identify ways of encouraging interdisciplinary
course work and of eliminating bureaucratic obstacles to curricular
Outcomes Measure: Increase to 90% the number of graduating
seniors engaged in capstone courses available to
undergraduates by FY 1999, and thereby facilitate the work
of the Assessment and Outcomes program.
Baseline = 27%; FY 1999 = 90%
5. Increase Quality of Education Through Greater Access to
Improving the quality and productivity of education requires that
students develop the knowledge and skills needed to access, to
understand, and to manipulate information in its various forms. As
active, responsible, life-long learners, students must be competent in
the use of modern information technologies; they must understand the
abilities and limitations of these technologies; and they must know
how to apply them to problems at hand. MSU-Bozeman seeks to offer all
its students access to and training in the use of the latest
- Provide Students Greater Access to Computing and
Goal: All students at MSU-Bozeman will have ready access to
computing and information technologies through student
laboratories and at other sites (e.g., computer rooms in
dorms) across the campus. These facilities will include
access to Internet tools and Internet information resources.
Implementation: The Information Services Task Force will
produce an action plan for restructuring student and faculty
access to information technologies. This plan will include
recommendations for the allocation of student fees and
existing computing resources to address this goal.
Strategies recommended will include:
Outcomes Measure: Through FY 1999, MSU-Bozeman will
demonstrate continuous improvement in the quantity and quality
of computing facilities available to students, including access to
the Internet and local World Wide Web clients. By FY 1999, 25%
more access to computers and terminals will be available to
students at various on-campus sites.
- Restructuring the delivery system for information
technologies to enhance its efficiency and
- Increasing faculty involvement in decisions and
deployment of information technologies.
- Expanded faculty development in the use of information
- Conversion of existing information technology systems
to more decentralized, network-based systems.
- Aggressive pursuit of external funding sources to
support the development of new and replacement systems.
Baseline = 195; FY 1999 25% Improvement = 244
- Extend Access to Information Technologies in Classrooms.
Goal: Access to information technologies must extend to the
students' classrooms. The students of MSU-Bozeman will learn
to use the most effective technologies available for
retrieving, displaying, and manipulating information.
Outcomes Measure: MSU-Bozeman will increase the number
of advanced technology classroom facilities that use
state-of-the-art information technologies, including
multimedia and computer-assisted instructional equipment by
133%, by FY 1999.
Baseline = 3; FY 1997 = 5; FY 1999 133% Improvement = 7
- Enhance Access to Library Resources and Data via
Goal: Learning productivity will be enhanced across the
MSU-Bozeman campus through the expanded use of information
technologies in the Libraries of the University. All
students will have access to library-based information in
the most effective and efficient means available.
Outcomes Measure: By FY 1999, the Libraries will show
a 25% increase in the volume of information sources
accessible via electronic means.
Baseline = 288; FY 1999 25% Improvement = 360
- Integrate the Use of Information Technologies into Class
Goal: Students will learn and adopt new information
technologies most readily if they are required to use them
within normal class requirements. MSU-Bozeman will increase
the number of classes which integrate the use of information
technologies into normal class assignments.
- To meet the growing student demand for computer access
generated by class assignments, which will increasingly
include computer-related components, the University will
increase by 50% the number of microcomputers available in
the student computer labs by FY 1997. This outcome focuses
on student computer use which transcends simple word
processing and calls for mainframe and networking
Baseline = 152 student lab PCs; FY 1997 = 228 PCs
- The use of microcomputers provided in student computer
labs will continue to increase, as measured by the average
percent of computers in use during all hours of lab
Baseline = 52% usage; FY 1997 target = 75% usage
6. Reward and Further Develop Teaching Excellence.
All efforts to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of a
university are dependent upon the talents and abilities of its
faculty. As MSU-Bozeman revitalizes undergraduate education, it will
make certain that the reward structure of the University supports this
goal and that faculty have the necessary skills and resources. As the
following goals demonstrate, this objective will involve both the
promotion and the tenure process and faculty development efforts.
- Elevate the Importance of Teaching Effectiveness in the
Promotion & Tenure Process and in the Distribution of Merit
Goal: Any effort to enhance access to high-quality
education must include explicit recognition and rewards for effective
teaching within the University promotion and tenure process
Faculty members must know that their teaching efforts will be
supported and rewarded appropriately.
Implementation: The elevation of teaching effectiveness
requires campus-wide efforts. Achievement of Goal #6 will
require the implementation of a variety of strategies,
Outcomes Measure: By FY 1997, MSU-Bozeman will have in place
and operational a new promotion and tenure process which
incorporates standards which more directly elevate and
reward excellence in teaching and which require
multidimensional measures of teaching effectiveness.
MSU-Bozeman has developed and adopted new University-wide
promotion and tenure standards and criteria which serve
these purposes. For example, the new standards permit
"differentiated faculty tracks," a comparatively new concept
in colleges and universities across the nation which enables
faculty members, with the consent of their departments, to
select a track of professional development that
concentrates chiefly on teaching performance, rather than
on the traditional mix of teaching and research.
Significantly, faculty members who select the teaching track
can achieve the rank of full professor via that route, a
rank distinction previously unavailable to those who
concentrated on teaching. Consequently, departments may
search for and hire teaching specialists who will do more
teaching than their traditional colleagues. The Promotion
and Tenure Committee will work with faculty, department
heads, and deans over the coming months to establish
supportive college and departmental standards and criteria.
These efforts will assure that teaching performance will
receive greater recognition in promotion and tenure and
merit decisions throughout all levels of the University.
- Redesign of policies and procedures
regarding faculty reward systems through collaboration
among colleges, departments, faculty governance bodies,
and the administration.
- Establishing recruiting practices which ensure that
new faculty entering the University have the skills,
abilities, and orientation to be successful teachers,
as well as scholars.
- Promotion of an ethos that supports and
recognizes the value of high quality teaching.
- Development of mechanisms that allow faculty to
improve their teaching skills continuously and to adopt
new teaching methods, such as the integration of
information technologies, active learning techniques,
and capstone courses.
- Minimize Faculty Committee Work.
Goal: Policies and practices of the University need to
maximize productive, educational efforts of the faculty and
to minimize other work, particularly in the area of service
on committees. Committee work often distracts the faculty
from educational duties, and it should be reduced so that
more time and attention are available for helping achieve
the goals outlined in this Agreement. The intent of this
goal is to reduce, where possible, the demands of committee
work on faculty members, but such reductions should not
weaken the governance processes already in place.
Outcomes Measure: By FY 1997, the administration and
Faculty Council will review all existing committee structures and
determine which can be diminished, merged, or
eliminated with the intent of reducing demands on
faculty time for committee work.
- Expand Opportunities for Faculty Development for Teaching
and Advising Excellence.
Goal: Faculty members will be better supported in
their efforts to acquire skills associated with new
instructional technologies and methods and to address the
educational goals in this document, such as active learning,
multimedia instruction, and high quality advising.
- By FY 1999, funding for faculty development in
instruction will increase by 200%.
Baseline = $10,000; FY 1997 = $20,000; FY 1999 = $30,000
- A formal program for increasing the skills of the
faculty in the use of educational technology will be
established and implemented by FY 1997 (see 3.B).
Baseline = 0; FY 1997 = 50 faculty; FY 1999 = 100 faculty
- By FY 1997, 75% of the faculty will have received
training on the use of the on-line advising system.
- An Early Careers program for all new faculty which
provides mentoring and development opportunities in
teaching, advising, and scholarship will be designed
and implemented by FY 1999.
- Emphasize High-Quality Teaching in Hiring Practices.
Goal: MSU-Bozeman will ensure that recruitment, interview,
and hiring processes give recognition to the quality of
candidates teaching abilities as well as to their research
skills. Particular attention will be given to the
candidates' potential ability to apply new instructional
technologies and active learning methods in an appropriate
Outcomes Measure: By FY 1997, all departments will have in
place mandatory procedures which require all candidates to be
assessed as rigorously for teaching ability as for research skills and
which require candidates to demonstrate their teaching ability during
the interview process.
7. Continue Growth in External Funding Support for Student Learning
Increasingly, high-quality instruction and student learning
depend upon the availability of equipment, instrumentation, and
facilities that the State of Montana cannot afford to purchase without
external funding support. However, at MSU-Bozeman, this margin of
educational excellence is supported through the externally-funded
research and educational programs of the faculty. Through the grant
and contract activities of the faculty and staff, state-of-the-art
equipment and facilities can be provided to MSU-Bozeman undergraduate
students. These activities also serve as an essential source of
student financial assistance and scholarships. MSU-Bozeman students
annually receive millions of dollars in direct support through the
grant and contract successes of the faculty. Additionally,
competition for external support of education and scholarship
activities is an excellent means to assure that faculty are
knowledgeable and well-prepared to teach in their fields and to
demonstrate this fact to students and citizens.
- Seek Additional External Funding for Equipment,
Instrumentation, and Facilities for Students.
Goal: External funding for equipment, instrumentation, and
facilities which enhance undergraduate education must
continue to grow. Students will have direct access to
high-quality equipment suitable to their academic programs
of study and which will help them prepare for professional
Implementation: We can accomplish Goal #7 through the
continued development of existing support mechanisms and
programs, through the transmission of information regarding
funding opportunities, and by actively encouraging faculty
to pursue external funding. These efforts will include
Outcomes Measure: External funding for the acquisition of
equipment, instrumentation, and instructional facilities will
increase by 25% through FY 1999.
- Continue or expand the level of support provided to
faculty interested in proposal writing to pursue
- Transmit information on the availability of external
funding and the opportunities for faculty to seek
grants from agencies currently supporting work at
MSU-Bozeman, as well as working with new funding
- Expand, through the Undergraduate Scholars Program,
the awareness of faculty as to the various models of
including students, particularly undergraduates in
funded research projects.
- Target portions of matching funds to support grant
proposals which will most effectively leverage funds
that promote student learning and education.
Baseline = $1,816,819; FY 1999 25% Improvement = $2,271,024
- Increase External Support for Faculty-student
Collaboration in Research and Creative Activities.
Goal: Increasing numbers of students will be supported
from externally funded grant and contract activity. In
particular, opportunities for students to receive financial
support through collaborative research and creative
activities with faculty will be enhanced.
Outcomes Measure: Through FY 1999, direct support for
students in the form of salaries, stipends, materials, and
fees coming from externally funded projects will increase by
Baseline = $3,267,051; FY 1999 25% Improvement = $4,083,814
- Keep Faculty Nationally and Internationally Competitive.
Goal: MSU-Bozeman faculty must maintain and strengthen their
knowledge and skills within their respective fields of
instruction. This effort is directly reflected in their
success in competition with peers nationally and
internationally. Despite recent reductions in sources for
matching funds, continued matching is essential to meet the
Outcomes Measure: MSU-Bozeman will increase by 54% the volume
of competitive, externally funded instructional and research
awards through FY 1997.
Baseline = $25,976,344; FY 1995 = $36,200,000; FY 1997 Projected
8. Expand Off-Campus Access to Classes and Educational Resources
The need for access to educational programs and resources by
those who cannot easily come to the MSU-Bozeman campus is rapidly
growing. As we develop into a culture and economy of life-long
learners, the opportunity to have continuing involvement in all manner
of educational services, particularly with Montanas very low
population densities, is becoming essential to economic, social, and
cultural development. As a land grant university, MSU-Bozeman has
always included extension and outreach to the citizens of the state as
an integral part of its mission. The University must increase the
accessibility of its programs through the application of new
technologies. It must also assure that the educational opportunities
made available address the most important needs of the state.
- Increase Course Offerings Available Through
Goal: The place-bound citizens of Montana will have
enhanced access to course offerings, academic programs, and
professional development opportunities through the increased
use of existing, cost-effective, and appropriate
telecommunications technologies. These courses will be
available in a manner that utilizes technologies suitable to
the levels of expertise, available equipment, and financial
resources of particular audiences.
Implementation: Achievement of Goal #8 will require the
development of new instructional methods, the continued
development of telecommunications networks both on- and
off-campus, the solicitation of external funding, and the
education of site-bound students as to the availability and
opportunities of telecommunication-based instruction. This
effort, led by the Burns Telecommunication Center and the
Information Services Task Force, will include such
Outcomes Measure: Courses, programs, and professional
development classes offered through telecommunications
technologies to place-bound students will be increased by
100% by FY 1999.
- Continued pursuit of gifts and grants to support the
Burns Telecommunication Center.
- Provision of seed grants to stimulate the conversion
of existing courses into formats suitable for
- Development of degree offerings that can be
appropriately delivered through distance delivery
- Collaboration with other higher education institutions
across Montana to enhance existing telecommunication
networks and to facilitate sharing of resources.
- Working closely with user groups around the State to
determine the most desired course offerings and the
most effective and efficient means of delivery.
- Exploring the opportunities provided by the presence
on campus of KUSM-TV (PBS affiliate) to complement the
instructional activities of the Burns Telecommunication Center.
Baseline = 26; FY 1997 = 39; FY 1999 100% Increase = 52
- Assure That Extension and Outreach Educational Programs
Focus on the Critical Needs of Montana.
Goal: The resources available for delivering educational
programs to place-bound students will be concentrated on
those areas of greatest importance to the citizens of the
state. Educational offerings will be responsive to the
changing needs and reflect the concerns and ambitions of
Montanans, as they are identified by community advisory
groups and citizen surveys.
Outcomes Measure: The satisfaction of participants in
outreach education programs will demonstrate continuous
improvement through FY 1999, based upon opinions of advisory
groups and data collected through surveys and focus groups.
Baseline = To be established
9. Enhance Access to the Intellectual & Physical Resources of the
University to Support the Economic Development of Montana.
As Montana's land grant university, MSU-Bozeman has a special
responsibility to assist in the economic development of the state.
One of the principal roles of MSU-Bozeman is to make its intellectual
and physical resources available to the citizens of Montana in a
manner that stimulates economic growth and addresses the pressing
problems they face. In a state where there is an extremely small
volume of private sector research and development work underway, the
role of MSU-Bozeman is especially critical. The University is charged
with increasing the attractiveness of the state to business and
industry through the development and transfer of new technologies, the
provision of technical advice and assistance, and the establishment of
a highly trained work force. Moreover, the University's involvement in
these activities provides students with extraordinary opportunities to
work with the private sector and to develop professional experiences
consistent with their educational and career goals. MSU-Bozeman is
committed to being an active partner in the solution of Montana's
problems and in the expansion of its economy.
- Increase Technology Transfer.
Goal: In order to have a significant impact on economic
development, the discoveries and intellectual resources of
MSU-Bozeman must be effectively transferred to the public and
private sectors. There must be continuous growth in these
activities if we expect businesses to establish themselves
and flourish in Montana.
Implementation: Implementation of Goal #9 will require the
expansion of current efforts to make the intellectual
resources of the University available to solve the problems
of Montana and to address the economic development issues
faced by its citizens. These efforts will include:
Outcomes Measure: The number of patents, licenses, and
sponsored research projects which negotiate technology
transfer from the University to the private sector will grow
20% by FY 1999.
- Continued development of programs engaged in
technology transfer and the support of economic
development, such as the University Technical
Assistance Center, Local Technical Assistance Center,
Center for Economic Renewal and Technology Transfer,
and the Local Government Center, through the use of
- Expansion of the University's activities in matching
new technologies and discoveries with business
interests and opportunities.
- Increased communication with the public and private
sectors through various advisory councils and
committees to gather more information and feedback on
the economic development needs of the State.
- Enhancement of student internship and cooperative
education opportunities with both the public and
private sectors within the State.
Baseline = 45; FY 1997 Target = 49; FY 1999 20% Improvement = 54
- Enhance Public and Private Access to Faculty Expertise to
Promote Economic Development.
Goal: Economic development depends upon access to expertise
essential for solving business problems, adopting new
processes and technologies, and understanding the
implications of new developments. MSU-Bozeman will
directly extend its intellectual resources to the public and
private sectors in order to provide this necessary support,
particularly for small businesses.
Outcomes Measures: Student and faculty assistance to
Montana businesses provided by such University centers as Small Business
Institute, University Technical Assistance Program, and Center for
Biofilm Engineering, measured by number of clients served, will
increase by 25% by FY 1999.
Baseline = 58; FY 1999 25% Improvement = 73
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