DATE:������������ 19 September 2000


TO:����������������� Board of Regents


FROM:����������� G. M. Dennison

President, The University of Montana


RE:����������������� Campus Report for the September, 2000 Board of Regents� Meeting


�         Long-term retention data note the importance of faculty involvement in the retention of students.� With faculty support, a comprehensive Student Retention Plan is in its first year of implementation.


�         A broad-based faculty committee also authored a comprehensive academic advising plan which complements the Retention Plan and is in the second year of implementation.


�         Assessment data, including information on student withdrawal, is providing information constantly to update and redesign processes for student success.


�         Noel-Levitz student satisfaction data, National Survey of Student Engagement data and UCLA Freshmen Survey data will guide future retention strategies.


�         Gates Millennium Scholarships:� Nine recipients with awards ranging from $5,124 to $8,060 (average $7,289).


�         The MBA is now offered at seven locations in Montana�Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula.� The first year is delivered via the world-wide web and the second year is delivered by interactive TV (Metnet).


�         David Forbes, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, will be honored on Friday, 22 September 2000, as the �2000 Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year� by the University of Wisconsin Pharmacy Alumni Association.


�         UM Professor of Journalism Carol Van Valkenburg was named Teacher of the Year by The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan international foundation dedicated to promoting free press and free speech.� The title comes with a medal and a $10,000 award.


�         The Mansfield Center is developing a digital resource library that will make available the history of America�s Wars in Asia over the internet.


�         Thomas Martin, senior research scientist with the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, has been awarded the 2000 Elliott Coues Award, presented by the Council of American Ornithologists� Union to recognize path-breaking and innovative research that advances the science of ornithology.� Professor Martin earned the award for his 20 years of research into the causes and consequences of nest predation in birds.


�         The School of Forestry, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, developed a technique that identifies specific locations and high-quality images of forest fires and provides the information to firefighters within two hours.� Within six months, it is anticipated that this information will be available within a few minutes.