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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.

Center/Institute Actions

Select an option below to learn more about approval 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. Department and College
2. Dean letter to Provost
3. Board of Trustees (BOT AE&SE and Full BOT)
4. CHE if seeking state funding. (proposal will be submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)

Name changes and other modifications to a center or institute must be approved by the provost; 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 as outlined in ACAF 2.01 Section II.A.2.f [pdf].

Approval levels:

1. Dean
2. Board of Trustees
3. CHE if Center was approved by CHE. 



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