The University of Montana

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The University of Montana is celebrating a seven-figure estate gift that’s led to the creation of a new perpetual scholarship program.

UM Enrollment Continues To Drop
Josh Burnham

Newly-released enrollment numbers for the University of Montana show there are now about 1,000 fewer students on its Missoula campuses compared to spring semester last year.

UM is currently registering middle school girls for the “Expanding Your Horizons” STEM conference in April. This is its third year running. It’s geared towards keeping middle school girls interested in STEM careers.
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A University of Montana study found that although many Montana students are proficient in science and math, about 75 percent of them don’t end up pursuing these fields as careers - particularly women. Women make up fewer than a quarter of all STEM professionals in the U.S.—jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. Yet they are half the workforce.

Simulating an active shooter in a hallway.
Beth Saboe

An unsettling but important training session was recently held in Missoula. Participants were confronted with an immediate crisis: what would they do if someone walked into their workplace or classroom, pulled out a firearm, and opened fire?

With healthcare jobs in Montana expected to grow by 40 percent in the next decade, educators are working to train the next generation of health professionals.
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Hospitals and clinics across Montana have long had a hard time recruiting doctors and nurses to serve the state’s needs. That can be true of other healthcare professions, too, like therapists, pharmacists and technicians. A new analysis this year says demand for healthcare workers in Montana is going to grow by 40 percent in the next 10 years.

UM Enrollment Continues To Drop
Josh Burnham

State and university system officials decided it was best to settle accusations that a prominent rape case was mishandled rather than reopen the matter. As a result, former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson will be paid $245,000.

Today Montana’s AFI-CIO unions threw their support behind five candidates running for statewide office in 2016. Most notably the only Republican to get the labor unions’ support is incumbent Attorney General Tim Fox.

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom. File Photo.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom says he’s not keeping the $6,000 a year raise he was recently awarded.

UM President Engstrom (file photo)
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana will need to cut its budget by 2 - 2.5 percent in the next fiscal year to reconcile expenses with income. That’s in addition to the job cuts happening now. University President Royce Engstrom made that announcement this afternoon at his annual mid-year update address on campus.

Close to a hundred people turned out for a mid-day meeting offering an update on new student recruiting at the University of Montana today. Enrollment at the Missoula campus has dropped for the last six years, and since the fall of 2009 has declined by 18.5 percent.

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