MSU-Northern

Program Review Recommendations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Program

Retain

Eliminate

Consolidate

Convert

Comments

M.Ed., Vocational Education

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions; new degree in adult learning and training will be proposed to Regents in July 2000 or January 2001.

Health and Physical Education (minor)

X

 

 

 

Coursework is subset of major; major generates adequate number of graduates.

B.S., Health Promotion

X

 

 

 

New program effective Fall 1998.

M.S.Ed., Learning Development

X

 

 

 

New program effective Fall 1998.

Traffic Education (minor)

X

 

 

 

MSU-Northern is only unit in the system to offer program; enrollments good; 15-20 new students enter program each year; most students already have education degree in other disciplines, and complete program as conversion students; don't appear as minor graduates, therefore.

Accounting (minor)

X

 

 

 

New program effective Fall 1997.

B.S., Agricultural Operations Technology

X

 

 

 

New program effective Fall 1998.

B.S., Agricultural Mechanics Technology

 

X

 

 

Degree has already been eliminated; will be removed from program inventory.

A.A.S. and minor, Agricultural Mechanics Technology

X

 

 

 

Centrality to mission.

Applied Agriculture (minor)

X

 

 

 

Met completion criteria during most of reporting period; did not only in last three-year period.

B.S.Ed., Applied Technology

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions; new degree in industrial technology will be proposed to Regents in July 2000 or January 2001.

A.A.S. and minor, Automotive Technology-Automotive Body

X

 

 

 

Program will be modified; just one year of body courses; certificate program added to program inventory.  All certificates removed from campus catalogue in 1992, but continued to be available to students.  Will be restored to program inventory; were returned to catalogue this year.

Automotive Technology (minor)

X

 

 

 

Coursework is subset of major; major generates adequate number of graduates.

Business Technology (minor)

X

 

 

 

Coursework is subset of major; major generates adequate number of graduates.

B.S.Ed. and minor, Business Education

X

 

 

 

Program is one of few in MUS system; Northern reinvested in program four years ago; enrollments stabilized and graduation rates increasing.

A.A.S., B.A., and minor, Computer Information Systems

X

 

 

 

Enrollments doubled since 1994-1995, from 31 majors to 62 this year.  Graduation rates in bachelor's program also increasing, 20 in last two years.  Recommend changing degree to B.S.

A.A.S. and minor, Design Drafting Technology

X

 

 

 

Coursework is subset of major; major generates adequate number of graduates.

Diesel Technology (minor)

X

 

 

 

Coursework is subset of major; major generates adequate number of graduates.

A.A.S., B.S., and minor, Civil Engineering Technology

X

 

 

 

B.S. recently accredited by ABET; number of majors increased from 19 in 1996 to 33 this year; graduates expected to increase also.  A.A.S. and minor are subsets of B.S.

A.A.S., Electronic Engineering Technology

X

 

 

 

A.A.S. recently accredited by ABET; number of majors and graduates increasing ; graduation rates in last three-year period meet criteria.

B.S. and minor, Electronics Engineering Technology

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions; new degree in computer engineering technology will be proposed to Regents in July 2000 or January 2001.

A.A.S., B.S. and minor, Manufacturing Engineering Technology

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions.

A.A.S., Metals Technology

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions; certificate in welding technology still available.

A.A.S., Railroad Maintenance & Operations

X

 

 

 

New program effective Spring 1996.

Small Business Management (minor)

X

 

 

 

New program effective Fall 1997.

Technical Sales and Service (minor)

X

 

 

 

New program effective Fall 1997.

B.A.S.

X

 

 

 

New program effective Fall 1998.

Art (minor)

X

 

 

 

One of few minors available to all teaching majors, K-12; recommend reducing minor to 21 credits to improve efficiency.

Biology (minor)

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions.

Chemistry (minor)

 

X

 

 

 

B.A. and minor, Communications

X

 

 

 

Under review; recommendation within three years.  Program became stand-alone major in 1997, after emerging from old IDST program.  Once a variation on English major; now a genuine communications degree.  Beginning to attract more majors.

A.A.S., Community Service

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions.

Community Service (minor)

X

 

 

 

Coursework is subset of major; major generates adequate number of graduates.

Drama (minor)

 

X

 

 

 

B.A. and minor, English

X

 

 

In combination with teaching major, almost meets completion criteria.

B.S.Ed. and minor, English

X

 

 

In combination with non-teaching major, almost meets completion criteria; important to the teaching mission of institution.

B.S., B.S.Ed., General Science

X

 

X

 

Eliminate B.S., retarin B.S.Ed. Two degrees will be folded together to create one degree, with teaching option; for rural eastern Montana schools, general science is important credential.

M.Ed., General Science

X

 

 

 

Degree authorized in 1991; did not begin to generate graduates until mid-1990s; met completion criteria in all but the first 3-year reporting period.

A.A.S., B.A., and minor, Graphic Design

X

 

 

 

Program became a stand-alone major in 1997, emerging from old IDST program.  Number of majors has doubled as result; 10 in 1997; 21 this year.

Native American Studies (minor)

X

 

 

 

Important to culture and mission of institution.  Northern is located closer to more Indian reservations that any other unit of MUS system.  Serves more Native American students, per capita, than any other unit.

B.S.Ed. and minor, History

 

X

 

 

Moratorium on new admissions.  History will continue to be important certification credential under broadfield social science degree.

Mathematics (minor)

 

X

 

 

 

B.S.Ed., Social Science

X

 

 

 

Degree will be made more efficient; number of credits reduced to 45; history teaching major folded into the degree; teachers with certification in variety of social science disciplines more marketable in rural, eastern Montana.

B.S., Water Quality Technology-Environmental Health

X

 

 

 

Under review, recommendation within three years.  Unique program in MUS system; federal and state governments increasing educational requirements for many programs; degree expected to attract more majors as a result.

Water Quality Technology-Environmental Health (minor)

 

X