Access & Inclusion
Access in the Big Sky
MSU and the Montana University System were featured in a profile on MSNBC entitled "In Montana, small changes spur nation's biggest jump in college graduates." The profile highlighted efforts being made at MSU and across the state to help students stay in school and graduate, which has effectively increased "the proportion of its population with college degrees faster than any other state," according to the article.
Native American Success
Designing Our Community won an award for support of Native American students.
Designing Our Community, an MSU engineering program that aims to recruit and retain Native American students, was honored by the College Board as a regional winner for the CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Awards. MSU's percentage of Native American graduates is one of the highest among engineering programs in the United States.
A new Veterans Support Center, located in the Strand Union Building, provides space for speakers, seminars, resources and support services to assist approximately 500 student veterans in their transition to higher education. MSU is consistently designated a "Military Friendly Schools" by G.I. Jobs magazine.
Advocacy for Access
MSU's president testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on higher-education tax incentives and the need for tax reform. Citing increases in key financial measures and larger debt loads, President Cruzado encouraged the committee to reduce complexity so students and their families can better utilize the programs.
College Completion Option
Montana State Online has launched a new online degree completion program in liberal studies. The program helps students who have some college credit and would like to finish their degree online.
Support to Advance
MSU's McNair Scholars Program received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help support undergraduates who are minorities or first-generation/lower-income college students in their preparation for going on to graduate school.