Montana State University Billings
1500 University Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-0298
This General Bulletin is published biennially by Montana State University Billings as a guide for students, faculty and others interested in the institution. Students are expected to be familiar with the University regulations and information which are set forth in this publication. Effective date of this General Bulletin is August 2011.
The University is not responsible for cancellation of classes due to damage to campus facilities or unavailability of teaching personnel resulting from severe weather conditions, natural or man-made disasters, work stoppages or emergency situations declared by the Governor.
Advisors assist students with selection of courses and other academically related issues, but the ultimate responsibility for meeting graduation requirements belongs to students.
MSU Billings reserves the right to change the regulations and fees in this Bulletin at any time during the two-year period the publication is in effect. The institution, with the concurrence of the Board of Regents of Higher Education, also reserves the right to add or withdraw courses and degree programs at any time.
Effective dates of changes will be determined by the proper authorities and shall apply to prospective students and to those who are already enrolled.
For further information, write to the Office of Admissions and Records; Montana State University Billings; 1500 University Drive; Billings, Montana 59101-0298.
MSU Billings is an urban university serving a diverse constituency with diverse needs and expectations. The greatest distinction and greatest opportunity for MSU Billings literally surrounds us: the city itself. Billings is the largest medical, financial, and retail hub between Spokane, Denver, and St. Paul, Minnesota, and as an urban university, this requires we build strong partnerships to be efficient and effective. Urban adult learners—full-time and part-time—are well served by the University's commitment to alternative learning modes, online options, child care, tutoring, and other student services that help them juggle work, family, and educational responsibilities. The MSU Billings COT has specific programs with direct relationships to the community (oil refining, energy, health care) that reflect its urban mission.
Continuous Quality Improvement: A way of life at Montana State University Billings
Montana State University Billings is a student-centered learning environment that is enhanced by commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). This dedication to CQI means that the University faculty and staff continually review programs and services to our students to provide an optimal educational experience. This persistent pursuit of quality improvement to assure excellence involves our students, staff, faculty, administration and our community.
Student Learning Outcomes
MSU Billings understands that student success and student learning takes place inside and outside the classroom. The ability to assess and measure that success is imperative. The University has embraced the concept of Continuous Quality Improvement. The challenge now and in the future is to refine student learning outcomes, develop a systemic process that is valid and reliable to collect the appropriate data, and then aggregate/disaggregate that data. In response to the 1998 NWCCU accreditation review, MSU Billings began the process of reviewing and revising University assessment processes. This 10-year review process has resulted in the revision of the general education program, which contains five conceptual areas, designated student outcomes for each, and means to assess those outcomes. Using the in-depth review of general education as a starting point, the focused existing assessment activities in the Colleges of Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Technology, the University expanded assessment throughout the institution. Each program publishes objectives/student learning outcomes in the General Bulletin, the COT Catalog or the Graduate Catalog, as appropriate. Program outcomes are reviewed through Annual Reports. Changes in programs result from review of objectives as they relate to student achievement, program/faculty/student data, and state/national specialty area standards.
Montana State University Billings offers pre-professional and certification programs and awards degrees at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree levels. MSU Billings also offers post-master's (non-degree) supervisor endorsement programs in Reading K-12 and Special Education K-12.
Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education for preparing elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors through the Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees and the Master of Science in Special Education degree. MSU Billings is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Council on Rehabilitation Education. College of Technology programs are approved by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and the Montana Board of Nursing. MSU Billings has achieved candidacy status for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for its College of Business. Please see the College of Technology Catalog for accreditation information about the College of Technology programs.