Institutional Assessment Report

Read the 2016 Institutional Assessment Report

Read the 2015 Institutional Assessment Report

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A comprehensive planning, budgeting, implementation, and assessment structure is key to the cost-effective achievement of the University of Montana’s mission. Ensuring the adequacy and stewardship of resources is an ongoing and critical component of UM’s mission.

Assessment requires careful analysis of outcomes. By comparing results with established goals and objectives, a rational basis is provided for the next round of planning. Assessment helps UM compare our performance and experience with similar institutions, choose strategic target comparators, and assess the current status of achievement.

This Institutional Assessment Report, an essential part of UM’s resource management process, is published annually. It provides data that align with the institution’s five strategic issues outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan and captures the University’s commitment to accountability, innovation, quality, and strategic resource allocation.

Partnering for Student Success

  • preparing K-12 students
  • transitioning to college
  • integrating the early college curriculum
  • engaging students
  • strengthening student support
  • emphasizing faculty & staff development

Education for the Global Century

  • strengthen foundational academic programs
  • two-year programming responsive to local, regional, state and national needs
  • innovation through graduate education
  • global engagement & leadership at all levels

Discovery & Creativity to Serve Montana and the World

  • enhance contributions by faculty and students through research
  • expand knowledge and cultural diversity through creative scholarship
  • turn today's discoveries into tomorrow's products through technology transfer, contributing to the creation of ideas, jobs and business opportunities

Dynamic Learning Environment

  • people--lead in recruiting, retaining and developing the highest quality students, faculty and staff
  • programs--provide programs of distinction, create local and worldwide partnershps, connect programs to our unique location
  • infrastructure--use technologies and practices that optimize the learning experience while modeling sustainability
  • culture--encourage engagement and a passion for learning in all students
  • place--integrate the character of the campus environment into discovery and instruction

Planning-Assessment Continuum

  • linkage of plans and resources
  • transparent and participative processes throughout the cycle
  • data-driven decisions and goal-setting
  • objective and timely assessment of outcomes