We exist to:
- Provide all Montanans with affordable access to excellent educational opportunity.
Provide for a seamless transition from K-12 to college and ensure retention.
- Increase academic engagement and achievement for minorities throughout the MUS and
- Ensure our campuses are places that are welcoming and primed for student success and
at the same time make sure we are reaching current and future first generation college
- The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has a presence in middle and high
schools across Montana through dual enrollment, Montana Educational Talent Search
(ETS), Montana GEAR UP, Perkins, ACT and many other initiatives ensuring that each
has a linkage to Indian Country.
- The AIMA Program works directly with two college access grants.
- The Montana ETS Program has a $584,694 annual budget and serves 1287 students in 13
middle schools and their receiving high schools, providing college and career readiness
services to students and their families.
- The GEAR UP Program receives $3.5 million annually and provides similar services to
18 middle schools and their receiving high schools, 12 of which are on or near reservation
- Grow the capacity of MUS administrators, faculty and staff to provide culturally responsive
instruction, counsel, outreach and student support
- Increase Student Access
- Increase Student Retention
- Increase Student Completion
- Improve Tribal College to MUS relations
- Grow usage of American Indian Student Success Dashboard
- Promote Indigenous Philosophy and understanding in relationships