University of Montana Western enrollments have increased 44.3 percent over the past ten years, according to a Montana University System report released at last week’s Board of Regents meeting in Great Falls.
UMW Chancellor Richard Storey said the growth represents the highest among Montana four-year institutions. Montana Tech was second with an increase of 19.6 percent.
The report details annualized full-time equivalent student enrollments over each fiscal year. In 2003, Montana Western reported an enrollment of 997. That number has grown to 1,439 students in 2013, or a 44.3 percent increase.
Most recently UMW saw a 5.3 percent increase in enrollment for 2013 over the previous year.
UMW’s enrollment increase from 2012 to 2013 is the highest among four-year Montana University System schools. Montana State University follows with a 4.6 percent increase in enrollment.
“Our success is a team effort between faculty, staff and administration. We anticipate that trend will continue as more and more prospective students discover Experience One, our unique scheduling system where students take a single class at a time,” Chancellor Storey said.
Montana Western is the only four-year public university in the U.S. offering Experience One, a block scheduling program, where a student takes one class at a time, for three hours a day, for about three weeks before moving onto the next course.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.