DATE:�������������� September 21-23, 2005


TO:������������������ Montana Board of Regents


FROM:������������� Roger Barber, Deputy Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs


SUBJECT:������� Level I Approvals and Announcements

This memorandum is intended to inform you of the Level I changes in academic programs that have been approved in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education since the May 2005 meeting of the Board of Regents.� It also includes announcements that may be of interest to the Board.� If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them with the help of my colleagues in academic affairs.


Montana State University-Bozeman:







Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology:


Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology has removed its Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant from moratorium.� The program has been in moratorium since November 2003, primarily because the College of Technology was unable to hire a program director who met the expectations of the program�s accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTA).�� That problem has been resolved, and a more detailed explanation is included in the materials that accompany this memorandum.


The University of Montana:



The University of Montana-Missoula College of Technology:




Recognition of� Out-of-State Institutions:


The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has received communications from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, expressing its intention to offer its Master of Education degree programs on-line in Montana.� In conformity with the requirements of Montana statute 20-25-107, and Board of Regents� Policy 320.1, Lesley University has provided a letter from the New England Association of Schools & Colleges Inc. affirming its institutional accreditation by that regional accrediting agency.