The activities of implementation are continuous. Meeting frequently, campus leadership serve the President of the University by working as a team in collaborative decision-making and implementation of the recommendations from the Planning-Assessment Continuum committees.


The Planning-Assessment Continuum chairs provide the President and his cabinet with the mechanism for collaborative discussion, executive planning, and decision making.  The implementation process helps the President formulate and coordinate implementation strategies aligned with best practices of shared governnance. The activities that are expected of the President and his cabinet are to:


  • Review and ratify or adjust the Strategic Plan, as prepared and recommended by the University Planning Committee,
  • Collaboratively evaluate University Budget Committee recommendations, including  budget models,
  • Review current enrollment, revenue, and expense projections, 
  • Review Montana University System policy directives, and State economic and policy prospects, 
  • Monitor legislative actions, particularly as they relate to appropriations;


  • Finalize recommendations regarding annual and biennial planning priorities; and
  • Finalize recommendations regarding current year budget adjustments, OTO contingency allocations, base reallocations, or new capital or operating budget initiatives;


  • Form consensus as to internal and external communications strategies, and
  • Assist in the delivery of the University’s message, as directed by the President.

While collectively the Planning-Assessment Continuum makes final recommendations to the President, individually campus executive officers are responsible for implementation of the planning and budget decisions, within and across the sectors.  In this way, linkage – from planning through budget to execution – is assured.