DATE:������������ September 27, 2001

 

MEMO TO:���� Montana Board of Regents

 

FROM:����������� Stephen T. Hulbert, Chancellor

 

SUBJECT:�� � Campus Report for September 2001, Board of Regents' Meeting 


�         The University of Montana - Western has undertaken a number of activities and enhanced services to provide for the special needs of the campus in light of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.� These include additional counseling services; special accommodations for students with family members affected by the events; public observance of the national day of prayer and remembrance and other servicing of the spiritual needs of the Western community; class discussions that examine the relevance of the events; and class activities that promote tolerance, especially for the groups that are unfairly associated with the terrorist activities.�

 

�         Western will observe September 28th, American Indian Heritage Day, by special activities involving students enrolled in Western's Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP).� ITEP is a collaborative program with Salish-Kootenai College (SKC) involving the offering of Western's elementary education program on the SKC campus.� Activities will include the involvement of ITEP students in elementary education courses offered in Dillon.� There will also be a public reception for the ITEP students in the Student Union Building.�

 

�         Western has received notification from the U. S. Department of Education that the University�s proposal for funding from the department's Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) has been approved.� Western is funded for $417,797 over a three-year period ($96,187 for the first year).� This grant will allow the University to recruit and teach a cohort of students who will complete the general education curriculum using an immersion scheduling model similar to that used successfully at several private institutions.� Students will complete four four-week courses, one at a time, over the course of each of two semesters.� It is believed that this scheduling model will enhance student success and promote the experiential learning that is a major distinguishing feature of the campus mission statement.� If this scheduling model proves successful, it will be adopted campus-wide for Academic Year 2004-5.�

 

�         Western has begun to implement enhanced student services programming funded with a grant from the Department of Education's Student Support Services Program.� These increased services are expected to enhance the success and graduation rates of educationally disadvantaged students.� Program services, available to up to 80% of Western's students, will include needs assessment, orientation, academic monitoring, basic skills instruction, academic counseling and referral, personal counseling and referral, financial aid assistance, tutoring services, and peer mentoring.� The program has significant potential for increasing the overall retention and graduation rates of the campus.�

�         U. S. News and World Reports has named Western as one of America's Best Colleges in the "Top Public Western Comprehensive Colleges�Bachelor's" category where Western was ranked the third best.� This designation recognizes Western's emphasis on providing quality baccalaureate programs, both in the liberal arts and sciences and in its professional programs in business and teacher education.