DATE:  March 21, 2002

TO:   Board of Regents

FROM:  Mary Sheehy Moe, Interim Dean, Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology

RE:  Campus Report for the March 2002 Board of Regents' Meeting

Spring Semester 2002 Enrollment

Spring Semester enrollment is 851 FTE / 1,393 headcount, which reflects an increase of 12% and 10%, respectively. Some demographic information of interest:

Full-time students: 42%   
Female/Male ratio: 70/30
Native American: 7%
Average age: 31
Over 30 years: 42%
Under 30 years: 58%


Continuous Improvement Efforts

All new students have been issued an invitation and appointment time to visit with Student Services staff about their experiences at the College of Technology. The results of these conversations will be compiled and presented to the College's Leadership Team.

The Office of Financial Aid recently completed internal training on the basics of Financial Aid. The purpose of the training was to assist employees in advising students. Content included information about available programs, the basics of how those programs work, and how to determine if the students are eligible for financial aid.

A series of six noon-hour informal discussions on new strategies and best practices for teaching on the Internet will begin on March 20. Veteran on-line teachers will lead discussion on aspects of this popular education delivery method.


Outreach Projects

The Bozeman Tech Center, which is administered through MSU Great Falls College of Technology Outreach Department, offers associate degree programs, continuing education credits, customized training, and other learning opportunities through classes, seminars, and workshops in classroom or on-line settings. Marise Rowell, our new Customized Training Representative in Bozeman, assists students in the Gallatin Valley and surrounding area with registration and information. She also helps companies and organizations identify training needs and provides customized programs not only for technology courses, but also for organizational development, professional growth, and other business-related areas.

The Missouri River Break was held on the Great Falls Campus during Spring Break. Over 100 workshops were offered to the community over three days. The event was a cooperative effort between the Cascade County Extension Service and the College of Technology with sponsorships and services donated the Montana Farmers Union, Montana Grain Growers, the Department of Agriculture and others.


Celebrating Students

One hundred percent of the most recently graduated Practical Nursing class passed the state licensing exam.

On Friday, March 22, 35 students will be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the student honorary society for two-year colleges. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.5 GPA.