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Ambitious Montana State University plan raises concerns about workload, funding

January 18, 2013View for printing

Montana State University's draft plan to grow bigger and better received both praise and criticism Thursday, including questions about how MSU is going to pay for its big dreams.

About 60 people attended a public forum in the Strand Union Building for the chance to comment on the draft Academic Strategic Plan, which lays out MSU's ambitious goals for teaching, research, learning and public service for the next seven years.

A key goal calls for expanding MSU by 15 percent to 16,000 students by 2019. The plan sets other ambitious goals, calling for more research and more "engagement" so that all faculty and students are involved in the local, state, national or global communities.

"Without new space? We are already over full," one sticky note comment said of the growth goal.

"More faculty? More classrooms? More housing? Funding?" another asked.


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