UM expecting uptick in new student enrollment, but overall numbe - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

UM expecting uptick in new student enrollment, but overall numbers still down

Posted: Updated:

University of Montana students are back in the classroom and according to UM President Sheila Stearns, the numbers of new student enrollment has stabilized or even gone up. That means the downward trend in recent years is on the mend.

Its not a big spike, but Stearns says even this is a huge goal and she feels good about that.

The exact numbers of students on campus won't be available for a few weeks, but Stearns says every sign is very positive including orientation and residence hall numbers with more people having moved in by now than usual at this point.

Stearns says enrollment overall will be down this year by a few percent due to a large class that graduated in May, but that was predicted.

"It may be, not just this year, it could even be next year that enrollment quote unquote only drops by 3%. We have to bring that percentage down slowly...I suspect. That's just the reality of numbers flowing through a system," says Stearns.

UM is currently hitting the 11,000  student target they budgeted for, but Stearns says they are still spending too much on personnel.

Forty-one tenured or tenure-track faculty decided to take buyouts or other departures this year. Even with less faculty on campus, over 80 percent of the budget is being spent on personnel.

Stearns says that percentage should be down in the 70's. To help get to that number, Stearns has some ideas for re-organizing budgetary needs.

"It means you're under-investing in recruitment, or retention or technology of perhaps even deferred maintenance, so we need a certain portion that we have to work at and we will and we are."

In the mean time, the search for UM's next president is nearing its end.

Stearns says finalists will likely be interviewed later this month, with the board of regents offering a contract hopefully by late October.

The school is asking for students to participate in picking the next leader by attending student and public interview sessions. 

There is no official date of when a new president will move into position. Stearns says that depends on when they would be available to detach from their current situation, but she is willing to remain in place during the transition. 

  • StatewideMore>>

  • State-funded preschool holds first graduation

    State-funded preschool holds first graduation

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:18 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:18:08 GMT

    Flathead Valley Community College held a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of students...

    Flathead Valley Community College held a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of students...

  • New concert and event center coming to Bozeman

    New concert and event center coming to Bozeman

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:48:10 GMT

    A new 1,500 capacity concert venue and event center is soon coming to Bozeman. The venue will be owned and operated by Logjam Presents, which is the same company that operates concerts the Wilma and Top Hat Lounge in Missoula and the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Bonner.

    A new 1,500 capacity concert venue and event center is soon coming to Bozeman. The venue will be owned and operated by Logjam Presents, which is the same company that operates concerts the Wilma and Top Hat Lounge in Missoula and the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Bonner.

  • Fire completely destroys Corvallis home

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:42 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:42:56 GMT

    A fire broke on in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, completely destroying one Corvallis home. Authorities responded to the home on Bailey Lane just after 5 p.m.

    A fire broke on in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, completely destroying one Corvallis home. Authorities responded to the home on Bailey Lane just after 5 p.m.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:54:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:58:21 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

  • Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:41:28 GMT

    Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. 

    Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. 

  • Wolf-like animal stumps experts

    Wolf-like animal stumps experts

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:53:34 GMT

    It may be another week before we know exactly what type of animal was killed by a rancher near Denton last week. 

    It may be another week before we know exactly what type of animal was killed by a rancher near Denton last week. 

  • Fire completely destroys Corvallis home

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:42 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:42:56 GMT

    A fire broke on in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, completely destroying one Corvallis home. Authorities responded to the home on Bailey Lane just after 5 p.m.

    A fire broke on in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, completely destroying one Corvallis home. Authorities responded to the home on Bailey Lane just after 5 p.m.

  • Idaho girl who died in car fire identified, parents jailed

    Idaho girl who died in car fire identified, parents jailed

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:44 PM EDT2018-05-24 16:44:52 GMT

    A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail.

    A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail.

  • EPA says Smurfit-Stone chemicals aren't leaking into Clark Fork

    EPA says Smurfit-Stone chemicals aren't leaking into Clark Fork

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:24:50 GMT

    MISSOULA - EPA officials say they don't think Smurfit-Stone settling ponds are leaking contaminants into the Clark Fork, even though visual footage of the site makes it look like that's what happening.

    MISSOULA - EPA officials say they don't think Smurfit-Stone settling ponds are leaking contaminants into the Clark Fork, even though visual footage of the site makes it look like that's what happening.

  • FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:09 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:09:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.