Preliminary Recommendations: UM Strategy for Distinction

President's Preliminary Recommendations (pdf)

President Bodnar’s draft recommendations, released in May of 2018, set out a preliminary, multi-year vision and plan that will set us on a path to celebrate another 125 years of excellent service to students, the State of Montana, and the world. We invite you to read the original draft recommendations (pdf).

Since the release of these draft recommendations, the campus community has provided extensive feedback on the recommendations’ content and methodology. This feedback has resulted in revisions to both the recommendations for reorganization and the methodology for arriving at the faculty staffing levels that will best serve students across our programs. The University Planning Committee and the Executive Committee of Faculty Senate have been critical partners in this important work, helping to ensure that the methodology is sound.

The preliminary recommendations currently are undergoing revision, informed by the new methodology, dean and chair feedback and strategic needs. The updated reorganization plans and staffing level recommendations will be determined this fall. Faculty Senate will conduct a review of recommendations that impact curriculum and will complete this review by early December.

Timeline

Summer 2018 The president worked with the Executive Committee of Faculty Senate, the University Planning Committee, the deans and the provost to consider the feedback collected to date. This feedback led to revisions in both the staffing level methodology and the reorganization recommendations. 

Autumn Semester 2018  Reorganization plans and staffing level recommendations will be updated, informed by input from deans and chairs. Faculty Senate will conduct a review of recommendations that impact curriculum and will complete this review by early December.

The Administration will work with the UFA and Faculty Senate to develop a timeline for officially noticed attrition.

October 2018  If, after considering officially noticed attrition, retrenchment appears to be necessary for particular units to achieve the requisite staffing level, a Review Committee will be formed and retrenchment plans for those units will be developed and submitted to the Review Committee, in accordance with the terms of the CBA. 

Early Winter 2019 Any necessary retrenchment plans, by program, will be submitted to the Commissioner, then go to the Board of Regents.