The Assessment Environment

Assessment is an integral part of the management of resources at the University of Montana. The University informs its planning and budget processes and ensures accountability through institutional assessment and programmatic assessment.

Institutional Assessment

University of Montana Accreditation

The University's Assessment is tied closely to our accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities.

Academic Assessment

Institutional Data Reporting

For the purposes of comparison and assessment, the Office of Planning, Budgeting and Analysis continually compares institutional data with several benchmarks.

The most widely used comparator database for higher education is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Reporting to IPEDS is mandatory for institutions receiving federal funds. Data are collected from all primary providers of postsecondary education in the country in areas including enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty, staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid.

  • Instruction costs and productivity by discipline (Delaware Study);
  • Graduation and retention rates (CSRDE);
  • Faculty salaries by discipline (CUPA); and
  • Regional higher education information for western states (WICHE).

Student Engagement Assessment

Additional Assessment