Under the leadership of President Royce Engstrom, The University of Montana recently developed its Strategic Plan, which will guide administrative goals and decision-making for the next decade. The plan identifies five Strategic Issues, described on page 3, that guide initiatives to accomplish institutional objectives. The plan also outlines four Essential Values that drive the University’s mission and vision: leadership, diversity, engagement and sustainability.
The University will help it students succeed academically and personally so they graduate well-prepared for their careers or further education. This involves preparing students to attend and transition to UM, integrating the early college curriculum, engaging students, strengthening student support and improving employee development. A new Partnering for Student Success Program works to increase retention and graduation rates.
UM will offer an educational experience at all degree levels that provides graduates the foundation to make positive impacts on a world that is increasingly interconnected. This includes strengthening foundational academic programs, improving two-year programming, creating a Global Leadership Institute, and boosting discovery and innovation through graduate education. This theme offers strategies that help students become engaged global citizens.
The University will transform discovery and creativity into applications and experiences in ways that benefit the state, region, nation and world. This will enhance faculty and student research, expand knowledge and cultural richness through creative research, and advance innovation, business opportunities and job creation. Scholarship, research and creative work are recognized as essential components of campus life.
UM will enhance its character as a place where people are passionate about learning, discovery and growth. Strategies will include integrating UM’s unique mountain setting into instruction and discovery, recruiting and developing the highest-quality students and employees, providing programs of distinction and worldwide partnerships, and using technology practices that optimize learning and model sustainability.
The University will model transparency, systematic communication and sound decision-making to ensure that resources are marshaled to achieve UM’s mission. This theme describes a system for data-driven decisions and goal-setting. It promotes participation, linked plans and resources, and objective and timely assessment of outcomes to demonstrate that campus does the right things for the right reasons.
The feature stories on the following pages describe how the interests of individual students dovetail with UM’s Strategic Plan.