Initiatives and Goals

1. Cultivate Learning and Discovery in Undergraduate Education

  • Create a "Gateway to Discovery" experience for all incoming students focused on the challenges of the 21st century
  • Fully engage the College of Technology
  • Enhance preparedness and diversity of incoming students
  • Improve undergraduate advising at all levels

2. Cultivate Learning and Discovery in Graduate Education

  • Grow graduate education to enhance the intellectual atmosphere and create cultural and economic impacts in Montana
  • Ensure a stimulating and supportive environment for graduate students
  • Increase proportion of graduate students
  • Increase regional, national, and international awareness of graduate programs

3. Create a Coherent Vision for Research and Creative Scholarship

  • Identify and build areas of distinction
  • Build and maintain infrastructure to support research and creative work
  • Support research and creative scholarship across disciplines and enhance interdisciplinary connections
  • Transform discovery into application to serve society and stimulate Montana's economy

4. Build Community through Engagement and Outreach

  • Expand the array of educational programs by improving access to UM
  • Respond to increased demand for education from non-traditional learners
  • Enhance outreach and expand partnerships with K-12 education
  • Develop a communications and outreach plan to better tell UM's story

5. Embrace Diversity and Global Participation

  • Respect, welcome, encourage, and celebrate diversity
  • Ensure access for American Indians and foster the preservation of their culture
  • Correct inequities that exist due to historical exclusion of underrepresented populations
  • Enhance international learning and research opportunities for all

6. Improve the Workplace Environment

  • Improve the work-life quality for faculty and staff
  • Create a campus that actively supports sustainability
  • Create a technology environment that supports the work of students, faculty, and staff

More Information

View the full Academic Strategic Plan

Comments and questions about the Academic Strategic Plan may be directed to the Office of the Provost.

Office of the Provost
The University of Montana
(406) 243-4689

Also, please contact the Office of the Provost if you would like to receive a hard copy of the Academic Strategic Plan brochure.

ASP Brochure

Strategic Planning at UM

Please visit the Planning Assessment Continuum website to learn more about UM's planning, budgeting, assessment and implementation processes.