Regents approve first phases of academic renewal at University of Montana

Skylar Rispens

The Montana Board of Regents unanimously approved the University of Montana’s request to plan its first phases of academic restructuring spearheaded by Provost Pardis Madhavi.

Now the university will be able to continue mapping out the new School of Emerging and Applied Technologies and revising the scope and structure of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.

UM’s requests to plan a joint Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Public Health degree and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree also got a green light from the board.

Take a look back in time when the University of Montana campus looked very, very different!

“Simply put, students need to be prepared to solve unscripted problems,” Mahdavi said. “These are not things that can be solved with one disciplinary approach.”

The new School of Emerging and Applied Technologies will house UM’s new cybersecurity degree, as well as programs on data science, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. However, it will begin as the Emerging and Applied Technologies initiative to further develop the school.

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