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Current Biennial Cycle

The Planning-Assessment Continuum is the process implemented by The University of Montana, designed not only to facilitate desired outcomes, but to help clarify our vision and mission, and to communicate and demonstrate to internal and external stakeholders that we are making the best use of resources to do the right things for the right reasons.

plan-budget-implement-assess with biennial timeline

The current biennial cycle is a designed integration of various governing bodies to align with external requirements and internal aspirations for efficient public service. The present biennial cycle began with the January 2011 Montana legislative session. Upon subsequent completion of the legislative session, on March 1 the University will submit the Year 1 Accreditation Report to NWCCU. Following its submission, the publication of the University Strategic Plan will occur in early spring 2011. Then in May 2011, the upcoming budget for FY12 will be ratified and implemented shortly thereafter. In concluding the FY11 year, that July 2011, the University will release its assessment report and report card of the preceding year. The following August, the President will give his State of the University Address directing the future of the University. During the following fall, the development of the preliminary strategic plan for 2014/2015 Biennium will occur, and submittal in January 2012 of the plan to the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education in Montana. Next, the 2014-2015 Plan will then be presented to the Montana Board of Regents, and that spring of 2012, the University will refine the FY13 budget with adoption planned for late May. In July 2012, the 2011 assessment report and report cards will again follow the fiscal year. The University President’s State of the University Address will transpire that August 2012. And in fall, the final request for budget for the 2014-2015 Plan will be submitted. By January 2013, the next biennium proposal will be submitted to the legislative session and the cycle will renew for another biennium. 


Plan Budget Implement Assess

University Hall 217

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana 59812

Phone: (406) 243-5661

Fax: (406) 243-5537