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Strategic Planning

Message from the Chancellor

Dear Members of the University Community,

Thank you for your interest and participation in the development of Montana Western’s 2020-2027 strategic plan. This new plan gives us the opportunity to focus, together, on writing the next part of our university’s story, our students’ and our community’s story, and the story of the impact that Montana Western will have on our state and on public higher education.

This is the fifteenth year of full implementation of Experience One. The transformation to experiential learning, one course at a time, has taken this university from one threatened with closure due to low enrollments to one that is becoming known in our state and nationally as one of the successful innovators in higher education today. In this fifteenth year, it is time to very intentionally and concertedly build on this success. It’s time to take a fresh look at what we’re doing, to envision where we want to take this, and to make choices about how to get there. It’s time to plan and prepare for what’s next.

Making the effort now to think creatively about how to move forward honors the work of the past 20 years or so, in which faculty created the vision and persisted to make it happen, worked together with staff and administration on every detail, and began the practice of Experience One. These first fifteen years are only the beginning. They have shown that the promise of this model is boundless. We honor all of the work to date by making the most of the opportunity before us now to imagine and plan and build on the promise; for students, for the university, for the community.

What will the Montana Western story be decades from now? How will Experience One evolve? You have a lot of say in this. I think that is an exciting place to be, and I look forward to working on this with you.

Best wishes,
Chancellor Beth Weatherby

Mission Statement Feedback

At the most recent town hall meeting on January 29, 2020, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee presented two possible drafts of the mission statement. The first of these was a draft that the community has already reviewed and was mostly supported overall by those providing feedback. The second was a new draft that incorporated the feedback the community provided. The strategic planning committee is now in the final stages of selecting a mission statement. We present these two, polished drafts to you for one more round of feedback to be received no later than Friday, February 21, 2020.

Click here to provide your feedback on the two versions of the Mission Statement by February 21.

Strategic Planning Documents

Information will be posted below as it becomes available during the strategic planning process.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee Members