The articles focus on how universities across the state are serving their students while ensuring their success through innovative programs and opportunities.
Below are four articles from the series that highlight Montana Western students achieving their goals through the power of Experience One, a unique one course at a time block scheduling program only offered at UMW.
“After struggling to keep students, UMW in Dillon transformed its educational model following a pilot project ending in 2003. Its leaders took the school from one some community members feared was on the brink of closure to a campus other institutions see as a model,” said Chancellor Beth Weatherby.
Experience One established the “block schedule,” which transformed the way faculty teach and offers students immersive learning. Montana Western is the only public university in the United States offering Experience One, where students take one course at a time for 18 days, take a short break, and then move on to their next course.
Adrianna Pittman is studying math and science at Montana Western and works as a resident assistant. With the help of scholarships, she paid only $6.20 for tuition last semester.
Professor Mike Morrow shares his story of teaching at the University of Montana Western starting in 2002 while the campus was moving toward the new teaching model of Experience One. Now that the model is fully implemented, Morrow describes the benefits he sees of the “block schedule” for students.