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Current Strategic Plan: 2020-2026

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee invites you to view Montana Western’s 2020-2026 Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Scorecards

The Strategic Plan Scorecard provides a method of tracking and accountability for each indicator of progress associated with objectives throughout the strategic plan. Scorecard information is updated annually between July and August.

Objective 1:
Strengthen the Experience One (X1) Program

Objective 2:
Enhance degree-seeking student recruitment, retention, and graduation

Objective 3:
Enhance and diversify fiscal resources

Objective 4:
Modernize and Update the University’s Infrastructure

Additional Campus Plans

Campus Master Plan:
Focused on identity, community, architecture and enhancement to the campus, the facilities master plan forms a foundation for the campus’s development team.

SEM Plan:
Focused on the holistic student experience, Strategic Enrollment Management uses data to align with the university’s Strategic Plan to achieve enrollment goals.

Academic Roadmap:
This plan describes each Division’s purpose and Departmental approaches to fulfill the Division’s purpose and meet the strategic plan’s objectives.

Athletics Plan:
Dedicated to a championship culture, the Athletic Department will instill an appreciation for hard work in its pursuit of excellence.

ITS Plan:
The purpose of this plan is to encourage appropriate campus-wide use of technology through consideration of infrastructure, long-term use, and support.

Upcoming Strategic Plan

As we approach the end of Montana Western’s current strategic plan in 2026, aligning with our upcoming seven-year NWCCU accreditation visit, this is an opportune time to initiate the groundwork for UMW’s next strategic plan. Beginning the planning and development process early is crucial to ensure thoughtful participation from the entire campus. ​Everyone in the university community is invited to actively participate.​ Dr. Estee Aiken, Dean of Strategic Initiatives, and Dr. Bradley Wood, Assistant Professor of Biology, will serve as co-chairs of the steering committee that will guide us through this work.

Our goal is to create a comprehensive, yet flexible, strategic plan that will enable Montana Western to adapt and thrive amidst the changing demographics, evolving student needs, and emerging workforce demands that impact the landscape of higher education today. ​

This effort will also involve a thorough review of the current mission and vision of Montana Western that reflects our aspiration to prepare UMW graduates for their futures by providing the best educational experience we can offer.​

2024-2026 Strategic Planning Process

Our initial focus will be the evaluation of three foundational pillars that will guide the development of the strategic plan: Higher Education, Workforce Development, and the College Experience.

Pillar 3: College Experience


Spring-Fall 2024Spring 2025Fall 2025Spring 2026Fall 2026
Listening sessions and working group meetingsFormation of the Strategic Plan Steering CommitteeStrategic Plan writing based on group and individual inputFinal draft of Strategic Plan made available for feedbackImplement new Strategic Plan

Working Groups

To facilitate a comprehensive discussion about what each of these pillars means for Montana Western, four working groups will be established:​

Operations Working Group:
Staff and Administration​ Representatives

Student Working Group:
Student Representatives​


Your feedback is important to us:

Listening Sessions & Town Halls

Upcoming listening sessions and town halls to be announced


Contact Information

Strategic Planning


710 S. Atlantic St., Dillon, MT




[email protected]