Montana Two-Year Education Council


The Montana Two-Year Education Council has been chartered by the Montana Board of Regents to provide a representative perspective from the two-year education sector on issues related to two-year education.


To achieve its mission, the Montana Two-Year Education Council concentrates its efforts on:

  1. Engendering a statewide understanding of the value of two-year colleges and a statewide commitment to promoting and increasing the value of two-year education in Montana.
  2. Serving as the primary resource in Montana for information and consultation about two-year education-related issues, whether in Montana or throughout the world;
  3. Using common language and similar approaches to ensure that two-year pathways to four-year degrees or to high-demand jobs are frequently and easily traveled;
  4. Sharing resources to ensure that the needs of Montana's students, communities, and economies are met in responsive, flexible, affordable ways;

5.       Creating peer networks and dialogue across disciplines, positions, communities, and cultures within the two-year college sector.

6.       Taking a leadership role in the development, implementation, and assessment of programs and services related to the best practices of two-year colleges adopted by the Board of Regents in 2003;

7.        Fostering effective partnerships with high schools, tribal colleges, four-year institutions, government and government agencies, community groups, and business and industry to address emerging needs in education, the Montana economy, our communities, and society.

Role and Responsibility

  • Advise and assist the Board of Regents and its committees on issues, opportunities or challenges related to two-year education from a statewide, systemic focus.
  • Provide a comprehensive annual report to the Board of Regents on the status of two-year education and workforce development in Montana.


*Deans of Colleges of Technology or the Dean's Designee
Academic/Student Affairs Professional Representative from Colleges of Technology
Faculty Representative from Each College of Technology
Student from Each College of Technology

 *Chancellors of Colleges with Two-Year Programs or the Chancellor's Designee
Academic/Student Affairs Professional Representative from Colleges with Two-Year Programs
Faculty Representative from Each College with Two-Year Programs
Student from Each College with Two-Year Programs

*Presidents of Community Colleges or the President's Designee
Academic/Student Affairs Professional Staff Representative of each Community College
Faculty Representative from each Community College
Student from Each Community College

*Presidents of Tribal Colleges or the President's Designee
Academic/Student Affairs Professional Staff Representative from Tribal Colleges
Faculty Representative from each Tribal College
Student from Each Tribal College

*Director of Two-Year Education and Workforce Development

Business and Industry Representatives will be included in appropriate subcommittees.

* Indicates a voting member



The Chair of the Council is appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education and shall preside at all meetings of the Council. The Chair shall determine the agenda for each Council meeting in consultation with the council. The Chair will participate in the consensus decision-making process as well as vote during the Council meetings.

Decision-making Process

A consensus process will be used for any agenda item requiring action. If consensus cannot be achieved, a majority vote will be required. Each institution or organization has one vote.


Meetings shall be held a minimum of two times per year.

The agenda will be disseminated to the members in advance of each meeting. Minutes will be taken and distributed to members. The minutes will record the actions taken at a meeting and summarize the discussions.


The Council may appoint ad hoc committees as necessary. Members of

such ad hoc committees do not need to be members of the Council.