Education

University of Montana

University of Montana’s longest serving president, George Dennison, died today at age 81.

Dennison retired from the university in 2010 after serving as president for 20 years — the longest tenure of any UM president.

To listen to the full-length version of his speech, featured in the audio clip below, click here.


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University of Montana President Royce Engstrom will step down effective December 31, 2016. The announcement came from Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.

The office also announced former Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Sterns will serve as interim president until a national search for a replacement is completed.

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Mark Nook, chancellor at MSU Billings, was named today as the third finalist for the president’s position at the University of Northern Iowa.

Nook is scheduled to deliver a presentation during a public forum tomorrow afternoon on campus. All presentations will have live video streaming and a recording will be made available for later viewing.

MSU Suicide Summit

A suicide prevention task force said there’s been a significant increase in the use of mental health services among college students, but the campuses don’t have the resources to meet the demand.

The Montana Board of Regents heard the report at its September meeting at City College in Billings. After hearing the report, the regents told campus leaders they want to campuses to act.

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Some members of the public called on the Board of Regents to give MSU Billings more autonomy in what programs it offers.

Higher education officials say they’re listening. As proof, they point to approval of an expanded nursing program in Billings after hearing other public comments strongly supporting the addition.

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The Montana Board of Regents is poised to approve a proposal to help nurses with an associate degree (ASN) earn their bachelor of science nurse degree (BSN).

David Trost, president and CEO of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, says registered nurses with an ASN have the skills to be excellent nurses.

He says the additional education helps with the transformation taking place in health care.

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About a half-dozen Montana high school students are preparing to fabricate a part that will eventually end up flying on the International Space Station.

The students at Billings Career Center are part of a partnership called “High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware” or HUNCH.  The students create hardware, software, and other goods for astronauts.

With college classes underway, an attorney will review criminal and college disciplinary actions surrounding cases of sexual assault and harassment during a September 10, 2016 speech in Billings.

Martha Sheehy, also a member of the Montana Board of Regents, says Title IX has been at the heart of a debate on how to protect women on campus with respect to sexual assault and harassment.

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  A state initiative to encourage more high school students enrolled in dual credit courses means more educators are needed to teach those classes.

This week, the Bullock administration and higher education officials announced a pilot program spearheaded by Montana State University Billings will allow Billings students enroll in dual credit courses for free for the coming academic year. The pilot project is called High School Connections.

   A new pilot program will allow high school students in Billings to earn credits toward high school graduation and for college for free.

The project is called High School Connections. It was spearheaded by Montana State University Billings.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says even though Billings has the most students in the state, it has a fairly low participation rate in dual enrollment. He says officials are wondering why. Are their barriers? Is it cost?

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