University of Montana brings first phases of academic renewal to Regents
The University of Montana’s push for academic restructuring will be rolled out in phases, rather than a comprehensive re-imagining of the campus’ seven colleges into five larger schools that was discussed last year.
According to the university’s plans submitted to the Montana Board of Regents, Provost Pardis Mahdavi is recommending the emergence of a School of Emerging and Applied Technologies and revising the scope and structure of the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation as the first phases of academic renewal.
“All we did with the renewal was just slow it down a touch just to make sure that we have time for all the deliberations and conversations that need to be had,” Mahdavi said.
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The proposal for the new School of Emerging and Applied Technologies that will house the recently proposed cybersecurity degree, as well as emerging expertise in data science, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. However, the interdisciplinary school will start as the Emerging and Applied Technologies initiative to further develop the school as a whole.
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“This is essentially an incubator model