DATE:               September 21-23, 2005


TO:                   Montana Board of Regents


FROM:              Roger Barber, Deputy Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs


SUBJECT:        Level I Approvals and Announcements

This memorandum is intended to inform you of the Level I changes in academic programs that have been approved in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education since the May 2005 meeting of the Board of Regents.  It also includes announcements that may be of interest to the Board.  If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them with the help of my colleagues in academic affairs.


Montana State University-Bozeman:







Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology:


Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology has removed its Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant from moratorium.  The program has been in moratorium since November 2003, primarily because the College of Technology was unable to hire a program director who met the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTA).   That problem has been resolved, and a more detailed explanation is included in the materials that accompany this memorandum.


The University of Montana:



The University of Montana-Missoula College of Technology:




Recognition of  Out-of-State Institutions:


The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has received communications from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, expressing its intention to offer its Master of Education degree programs on-line in Montana.  In conformity with the requirements of Montana statute 20-25-107, and Board of Regents’ Policy 320.1, Lesley University has provided a letter from the New England Association of Schools & Colleges Inc. affirming its institutional accreditation by that regional accrediting agency.