March 24-25, 1999
ITEM 102-1506-R0399 Approval of Proposal to Add a Network Technician Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Network Technology, College of Technology; Montana Tech of The University of Montana
THAT: The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes the College of Technology of Montana Tech to offer a Network Technician Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Network Technology.
EXPLANATION: The College of Technology of Montana Tech of The University of Montana has received the designation of Regional Cisco Networking Academy. Montana Tech of The University of Montana proposes to offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Networking Technology in conjunction with the Cisco curriculum. Through the Cisco curriculum, students receive classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technologies. The AAS Degree will build on the Cisco core curriculum by offering students an additional background of general and specialized course work dealing with communications skills and associated computing/networking technologies. Whereas the Cisco core curriculum develops the skills to design and build computer networks, this program will empower students to assist in the management and maintenance of such networks.
The implementation of this proposal will put in place a truly innovative approach to articulation. The Cisco Networking Academy curriculum exists worldwide in high schools, vocational and two-year schools, colleges, and universities. A student can articulate the Cisco networking core into this two-year degree. Additionally, the proposed degree may progress into a number of Bachelor of Applied Science Degree tracks at Montana Tech. A committee will examine proposed new Cisco curriculum offerings and make them part of a possible Bachelor of Science Degree in Network Management. A direct application of the 2+2+2 concept of articulation may result.