March 23-24, 2000

 ITEM 106-2801-R0300      Mission Statement; Montana State University-Northern

THAT:                                    The Board of Regents of Higher Education approve the Mission Statement of Montana State University_Northern.

EXPLANATION:                  A comprehensive regional university, Montana State UniversityBNorthern offers programs of professional preparation emphasizing discipline mastery, critical inquiry, and social responsibility in:

o        teacher preparation

o        mechanical and engineering technologies

o        business and computer information systems

o        nursing

o        arts and sciences

MSU-Northern applies emerging technologies in degree programs ranging from the associate to master's level. MSU-Northern prepares well-educated students who are capable of decisive action and application of new ideas. The university is committed to excellence in teaching, service to its region and the state, and applied research and scholarship.

MSU-Northern values individualized attention to its students, experientially-based learning, and creating a culturally rich and intellectually stimulating environment. From its North Central Montana High Plains main campus, the University serves as a regional cultural center and maintains strong partnerships with communities, education, business and industry.