3.4.4 Centers and Institutes

A. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide information regarding the establishment of centers.

B. Persons Affected

Individuals who propose to establish a center.

C. Definitions

Center – A vehicle for bringing together personnel and resources for a specific objective.

D. Policy and Procedures

  1. Objectives

    A center may be established when the best interest of the University will be served by providing a vehicle for bringing together personnel and resources for achieving a specific objective involved with the mission of the University. The operation of a center should be well integrated into the academic objectives of a department(s) or college(s) or enhance the academic programs of the University.

  2. Procedure for Creation of Centers

    A proposal for establishing a center may originate within a department, a college, or within a combination of departments or colleges. Such a proposal should be submitted through the appropriate academic dean, or deans, to the Council of Academic Deans. The Council of Academic Deans shall make its recommendation for approval or disapproval to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who will make a recommendation to the President.

    Approval by the President of the University is a prerequisite to the establishment of a center. At such time as approval is granted, a statement will be provided to all appropriate persons delineating specific details of administrative structure and mode of operation of the center.

  3. Funding of Center

    No direct budgetary support for centers shall be provided from appropriated funds of the University unless specifically appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose. There shall usually be no reduction in teaching loads for center personnel from general university funds. Reduction in teaching loads with salary support from center funds or from other outside sources may be appropriate. Department chairs and deans should give careful attention to the ramifications of tenure-earning appointments supported by outside funds. Existence of a center shall not be justification for additional space, financing or personnel from regular university funds. Outside funds will be set up in a separate account. Grant applications should be presented through regular administrative channels.

  4. Administration of Centers

    The chain of reporting shall be established at the time a center is approved. If the center is entirely within one department and one college, the chain shall be the normal one through the department chair and dean.

    Interdepartmental centers within a college shall report through the dean. The dean may require reporting through a department. If a center encompasses an element of more than one college the reporting shall be through the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who may require reporting through the deans. The director of a center shall be appointed by the dean(s) or Vice President after consultation with appropriate faculty and administrative officials.

    Any significant modification of the structure or operation of a center must have the same administrative approval as originally required for the creation of the center.

  5. Termination of Centers

    The Council of Academic Deans shall periodically review the performance of each center and recommend to the President the continuation, modification, or abolition of each center. Final decision in regard to action to be taken is the prerogative of the President.

E. Responsibilities

Not applicable.

F. Review

The divisional head for this policy is the Provost. This policy shall be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Faculty Senate.

ORIGINALLY APPROVED: 12/01/2001 

LAST AMENDED: 04/22/2009