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UM has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1932, and the commission recently gave the University high marks during the culmination of its latest seven-year review by renewing UM’s accreditation with no recommendations. “It’s unusual to have accreditation reaffirmed with no recommendations,” says Nathan Lindsay, the UM associate provost for dynamic learning who spearheaded accreditation efforts. “The many people who worked on this report have been delighted with the positive feedback we received.”
Thanks to a recent anonymous gift, academic chairs honoring two educators – Maryfrances Shreeve ’57, M.Ed. ’63, and her son, William C. Shreeve ’54, M.Ed. ’58 – have been established at the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. The chairs, the Maryfrances Shreeve Chair in Teaching Excellence and the William C. Shreeve Chair in Educational Administration, are the first for the college and are among the academy’s highest honors. “There are no words to adequately describe our deep appreciation for these gifts,” says Roberta Evans, dean of the college. “It is incredibly generous and highly visionary of this special donor to honor these two individuals this way.”
Missoula College received a grant to develop the state’s first veterans studies course. The grant, funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities and secured with the help of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, will allow Missoula College to design a class to help students understand the unique experiences of veterans and their families. Only a handful of institutions across the country offer similar courses or programs, and this class will be the first of its kind at a Montana university.
The School of Journalism named Associate Professor Nadia White the new director of its graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism. White assumes the role as Associate Professor Henriette Lowisch departs for a new position as director of Deutsche Journalistenschule, one of the finest journalism schools in Germany.