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Montana Colleges May Tighten Rules For In-State Tuition

Nov 13, 2018

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Montana University System is mulling over tightening the rules for out-of-state students who want to gain in-state residency status that can cut thousands of dollars from tuition expenses.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the proposal will be presented as an informational item next week to the Montana Board of Regents.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

Montana voters Tuesday passed the Six Mill Levy for the eighth time in the past 70 years.

The property tax provides about 10 percent of the state’s appropriation to higher education and helps support approximately 40,000 in-state students.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

A newly-released poll says almost three-quarters of Montanans say they would vote to continue a property tax that keeps tuition low for state college and university students. That’s according to the University of Montana Big Sky Poll conducted earlier this year by Sara Rinfret, director of UM’s Master of Public Administration program.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana announced today it has received a $1 million donation that the school says will jumpstart its burgeoning health education program.

UM launched its Health and Medicine initiative - called UMHM - in 2016. The program is designed to attract faculty, staff and students to work and study in the health professions.

John Cech, current Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System, was selected as the 18th president of Carroll College.
Montana University System

Carroll College announced today that John Cech, the current deputy commissioner for the Montana University System, will be the college’s next president. Cech was chosen to be the 18th president of Carroll by the school’s board of trustees.

Food Insecurity A Barrier For Students At MSU-Billings

Feb 6, 2018
Cafeteria.
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A recent student survey found a third of students at MSU-Billings have reported not having enough food for themselves or their household. And this food insecurity can stand in the way of students achieving a college degree.

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar.
University of Montana

The University of Montana’s new president says UM is facing a defining moment. Seth Bodnar describes the university’s budgeting and enrollment challenges as ‘significant’.

UM’s enrollment has steadily declined since its all-time high of over 15,000 in the spring of 2011. Last fall there were just shy of 12,000 total students. University officials touted a 2 percent bump in freshmen enrollment last fall and they’re eager to build on that modest progress. Bodnar, now in his second week in Main Hall, says the path forward is fraught with challenge, but adds he’s confident UM’s best days are ahead of it.

The University of Montana campus.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

As the Montana Legislature faces down a $227 million budget shortfall, the state’s university system could see some steep budget cuts.

Montana State University-Northern awarded a professor $50,000 to settle a racial discrimination complaint she filed against the school. The University did not admit guilt, but nonetheless agreed to pay the professor.

Adjunct professor Yvonne Tiger, who’s Native American, filed the complaint in July 2016.

St. Charles Hall at Carroll College in Helena, MT.
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The president of Carroll College is leaving to take a new position in Texas. Dr. Thomas Evans assumed the helm of Carroll in 2012.

Carroll is a private, four-year, Catholic college in Helena with an enrollment of nearly 1,500 students.

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