A cycle, with arrows connecting each step. Planning links to budget, which links to implementation, which links to assessment, which links to planning.

The Planning-Assessment Continuum characterizes a cultural orientation of The University of Montana that is designed to facilitate desired outcomes, clarify our vision and mission, and to communicate and demonstrate to internal and external stakeholders that we are making the best use of resources.
The Planning-Assessment Continuum is both top down and bottom up. Executive leadership provides communication of mission and vision, clear and consistent processes, overarching mission-driven goals, equitably applied parameters, and rules enforcement while faculty, staff, and students provide ideas, process improvements, work, action, and other vital contributions to the direction of the University. The structure uses a variety of mechanisms to ensure transparency and meaningful, broad-based input and participation, including advisory committees, implementation teams, task forces, focus groups, town hall discussions, and responsibility-centered budgeting. The process is integrated, transparent, and highly visible.