Goal Statement

Improve the accuracy, consistency and accessibility of system data, including the continued development of a comprehensive data warehouse

Goal 3: Efficiency & Effectiveness

MUS Shared Services related to Information Technology

  1. Banner Finance & HR (UM & MSU sides)
  2. Benefits Enrollment & Administration
  3. Common Course Numbering Admin.
  4. MUS Data Warehouse (Student, HR, & Finance)
  5. Student Conduct Software (Maxient)
  6. Reporting & Analysis Software
  7. Central Admissions Application Process
  8. Course Sharing Software

Potential Shared Services

  1. Learning Management System
  2. File Sharing Services
  3. Electronic Document Services
  4. Audit/risk assessment software
  5. Research/Academic Analytics Software

IT Strategic Directions

In order to meet the three primary goals outlined in the Board of Regents’ Strategic Plan, the Montana University System will strive to implement the following Information Technology Strategic Directions:

1. Enterprise Information Systems

Develop an integrated information system with the goal of maximizing administrative efficiencies, allowing for seamless student enrollment between campuses, and promoting consistent business practices across all institutions.


  • The MUS will continue to make incremental steps toward developing a single
    integrated information system.
  • Incremental steps include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Utilizing a single instance of the administrative information software that is hosted and managed by the main campus on each side of the system (i.e. UM and MSU host a single instance of Banner for their affiliated campuses, with the potential for including the community colleges, as well as tribal colleges).
    • Allowing for multi-institutional functionality to enable (for example): enrollments from more than one campus on students’ schedules and transcripts, financial aid based on combined enrollment at more than one institution, centralized administrative services, such as, a single source for payroll generation.
    • Standardizing codes and data elements, as well as aligning business rules and practices.

2. Network Connectivity

Continue to develop and improve an education network that provides high speed telecommunication capabilities that link MUS institutions, provide connectivity to national research and education networks, and expand the reach of the MUS to remote areas of Montana.

3. Data Warehousing

Maintain and work to improve a system-wide data warehouse for the purpose of measuring the goals in Board of Regents’ Strategic Plan, collecting and reporting official enrollment, developing linkages with K-12 and workforce data, and producing and monitoring the MUS Operating Budget.