- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana State University Billings officials are looking at ways to reverse the school’s falling enrollment and low student retention rates.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1IHUlH1 ) the school’s retention rates are among the lowest in Montana’s university system, with 56 percent of freshmen returning for their second year in 2011.

MSUB’s enrollment this spring is 4,315, down from 5,335 in 2010. That drop has led to a projected $4.4 million shortfall.

The school is trying to attract new students with billboards such as one along Interstate 90 that reads, “Back from the Bakken? Let MSU Billings help you find a new career.”

Officials also are exploring ideas to keep the students they have. The ideas include pairing remedial and college-level classes for credit and improving interactions between students and university staff.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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