2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Urban University

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.  City College at MSU Billings 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 City College at MSU Billings, the University expanded assessment throughout the institution.  Each program publishes objectives/student learning outcomes in the General Bulletin, the City College at MSU Billings 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.

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