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UM president sets ambitious goals in first address


MISSOULA, (AP) — The president of the University of Montana has set some ambitious goals for the next decade, saying he wants to increase graduation rates from 44 percent to 60 percent and more than double the amount of research money the school generates from $67 million to $140 million.

The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/n6hGwa ) Montana President Royce Engstrom announced his goals during his first State of the University address Friday.

Engstrom, a former UM provost who has been with the university since 2007, was sworn in as president in May. He replaced George Dennison, who retired after 20 years leading the Missoula school.

Engstrom says he also wants to boost the average grade point average of incoming freshman from 3.26 to 3.5 and increase the percentage of students in study abroad programs..



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