DATE:����������� September 11, 2001
TO:���������������� Board of Regents
FROM:���������� Richard Crofts, Commissioner
RE:���������������� Quality Enhancements
The operating budgets that are recommended for your approval at the upcoming meeting of the Board of Regents include the revenue from the 1% additional tuition increase approved by the Regents for quality and productivity improvements.� The purpose of this memo is to provide you a summary of these quality enhancements on a campus-by-campus basis.� The CEOs will, of course, be available to answer any questions you may have during the Regents� Budget Workshop on September 26, 2001.
Montana University System
FY 2002 Quality Enhancements
University of Montana-Missoula ($350,942)
� $101,768���� Summer School
-The summer school curriculum increased by 56 course sections
-As part of the annual Leadership Institute for Montana school administrators, the University was able to bring in Dr. Carl Glickman to conduct a workshop on student assessment and benchmarks for curriculum.
� $100,000���� Academic Program Enhancements
-Additional sections are being offered in English, Math, and Business
-The Writing Lab extended its hours of operation
-Six sections of the Freshman Seminar in Fall 2001 are being offered with three planned for Spring 2002
� $35,000������ College of Technology
-An evening program in computer technology begins this fall
� $114,174���� Library
-The additional investment will allow the Library to enhance� periodical collections.
-These funds provide for the support needs for Internet access and increased availability of books.
Montana Tech of The University of Montana ($44,161)
� $10,210���� To assess general education learning outcomes for students in the junior class and to assess student satisfaction generally at the campus.� These initiatives respond to the recommendations of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges during the last institutional accreditation review.�
� $33,951���� Partial funding for a new faculty position in Nursing to support increased enrollment and to support improvements in instruction.
The University of Montana-Western ($20,895)
� $12,500��� To enhance library services and faculty development through partial funding to hire a full-time Instructional Technologist.� A grant provided the remainder.
� $� 8,395��� To maintain and enhance the Early Childhood Education program.� Sites and faculty would have been reduced if this funding were not available.
The University of Montana-Helena College of Technology ($12,375)
� $12,375�� to pay one-third of the cost of a full-time tenure-track faculty member in the Computer Technology program.� With that faculty position, HCT will be able to replace approximately 10 adjunct faculty with improvements in the quality of instruction and better student advising.
Montana State University-Bozeman ($337,001)
� $11,600����� Additional (Fall) Freshmen Seminars in the College of Letters and Sciences
� $10,500����� Additional sections of Art
� $25,000����� Additional English 121 writing classes
� $6,000������� Additional sections of Media and Theatre Arts
� $8,000������� Additional Freshmen Seminars � General Studies
� $3,750������� Additional section of University Honors 201
� $4,000������� Additional Honors Music
� $211,151��� Earmarked tuition revenue to serve students in high demand academic programs experiencing continued growth - distributed by Provost & Deans
� $12,000����� On-Line Student Application System
� $45,000����� Core Curriculum Revision Pilot Program
� $ 5,000 �� First Year Experience:� A program will be developed to provide in-depth orientation, intrusive advising, and college success strategies to students.�
� $31,799��� Library:� Budget has been added to enhance library services through providing more staffing and information resources.�
� $10,000��� Native American student mentoring program:� In fiscal year 2002, MSU-Billings will develop and implement a Native American student mentoring program and a special leadership program for ethnically diverse students.�
� $10,000��� Civic Engagement:� MSU-Billings will develop outreach programs in partnership with local social service agencies and nursing homes during fiscal year 2002.�
� $15,000��� Honors:� This budget allocation will be used to develop and operate the honors program and provide honors scholarships.
� $10,000��� International Studies:� This budget allocation will be used to expand the international studies program and to provide financial assistance to encourage MSUB students to engage in exchange programs.
Montana State University-Northern ($24,800)
� $7,500����� Library -Book Budgets increased������������������������
� $2,500����� Library � Subscription Budget�����������������������������������������
� $14,800��� Wiring upgrades in three (3) technical science classrooms to enhance access� to network and internet resources
Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology ($12,554)
� $2,250����� to provide release time through the College�s Faculty Entrepreneurs Initiative for faculty to identify, develop curriculum for, and provide training in a Professional Core of Instructional Technology Competencies.
� $8,054����� toward the purchase of two �smart podiums,� so that each department of the College has at its disposal state-of-the-art multi-media support for classroom lectures and presentations.
� $2,250����� to provide release time through the Faculty Entrepreneurs Initiative for faculty to develop and assist in the delivery of effective placement, tutoring, and remediation activities through its Learning Center.