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Centers and Institutes

Propose a Center or Institute Action

Centers and institutes are a subset of broader category of academic administrative units, which also include departments, interdisciplinary academic programs, colleges and schools. They are driven by research, instruction, community engagement, and/or creative activities that contribute to the University’s overall mission.

The Academic Program Proposal System is used to propose new, modified, or terminated centers and institutes. Please note, in order to launch a center or institute, faculty are first asked to complete a Program Pre-Authorization Request for Provost review. Similarly, substantive changes to an existing center or institute will also require pre-faculty-governance completion of the request form.


Center/Institute Actions

Select an option below to learn more about approvel levels and timelines.

When collaborations within and among academic programs evolve toward increasing complexity and interdisciplinarity, the University will often establish centers and institutes to organize the management and development of a research initiative. Note: New Centers require a completed Program Pre-Authorization Request form. 

The Academic Program Liaison (APL) serves as the main information resource on academic administrative unit actions. Units starting new centers and institutes should work with their APL in drafting the proposal.

Approval levels:

1.  Dean letter to Provost
2.  Board of Trustees (BOT-AA and Full BOT)
3. CHE Approval Note: Only if seeking state funding. (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system.  The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council recommend program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns. The Board of Trustees and CHE approvals require a program representative (preferably at the dean level) be present at meetings to address questions about the program.

Name changes and other modifications to a center or institute must be approved by the provost or vice president for system planning; the president and the Board of Trustees. If a decision is made to terminate a center or institute the dean or chancellor must make a recommendation to the provost or vice president for system planning as outlined in ACAF 2.01 Section II.A.2.f [pdf].

Approval levels:

Dean
Faculty Senate or Graduate Council
Board of Trustees
CHE Approval Note: Only if seeking state funding. (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system.  The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council recommend program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns. The Board of Trustees and CHE approvals require a program representative (preferably at the dean level) be present at meetings to address questions about the program.


 


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