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ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

Creating and Evaluating Interdisciplinary Centers

Responsible University Officer(s):

  • Executive Vice President and Provost

Policy Owner(s):

  • Executive Vice President and Provost

Policy contact(s):

Date Revised:

Feb 17, 2011

Effective Date:

Jan 1, 2000

POLICY STATEMENT

Interdisciplinary centers may be created to support and advance research, education, or public engagement initiatives.
There are three categories of interdisciplinary centers at the University:

  • University-wide Center: includes members from different colleges and/or campuses; is aligned with the University’s strategic priorities; must be authorized by the President and Executive Vice President; and reports to the Executive Vice President, or one of the Vice Presidents, or designee.
  • Intercollegiate Center: includes members from different colleges and/or campuses.
  • Collegiate Center: includes mostly members from the same college, although the work could be of an interdisciplinary nature.

Center faculty or staff seeking to create an interdisciplinary center must submit a request to the appropriate dean(s) for approval. If approved, the dean(s) will then seek the appropriate executive approval(s) prior to beginning work (see applicable procedures for the appropriate type of center).

University-wide Center directors must submit an annual report to the senior leader to whom they report. All other centers are encouraged to follow the same guidelines for annual reports and established reviews. All center directors must update information annually in the University’s database of centers and institutes (http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/centers/).

Authorization for University-wide and intercollegiate centers  is for a limited period of time, e.g., 5-7 years, specified at the time the center is established. Prior to renewal, a formal review and assessment must be performed.

REASON FOR POLICY

This policy creates the administrative structure necessary to provide an environment supportive of interdisciplinary efforts and the strategic priorities of the University, its campuses, and collegiate units. Through this policy, uniform methods of creating, ensuring the quality and measuring the effectiveness of interdisciplinary centers and institutes are provided for all collegiate units and faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public engagement. In addition, the policy delineates the different types of centers and the review and approval processes appropriate for each.

PROCEDURES

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

APPENDICES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CONTACTS

Subject
Contact
Phone
Fax/Email
Primary Contact(s)
612-625-0563

DEFINITIONS

Collegiate Center
An entity established to support and advance research, education, or public engagement that includes mostly members from the same college.
Intercollegiate Center
An entity established to support and advance research, education, or public engagement that includes members from different colleges and/or campuses.
Interdisciplinary Center
An organizational unit within the University that is formed to promote interdisciplinary studies or initiatives. These centers may also be known as consortia, institutes, initiatives, programs, etc. This policy uses the term "centers" to refer to all of these alternatives.
University-wide Center
An entity authorized by the President and Executive Vice President to support and advance research, education, or public engagement initiatives aligned with key University strategic priorities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

President
Authorize designation of University-wide Center.
Executive Vice President
Authorize designation of University-wide Center.
Deans
Approve the creation of intercollegiate and collegiate centers; conduct periodic reviews of centers under their jurisdiction.
Faculty
Prepare documents to establish a center and perform work of the center.
Center Director
Follow operating guidelines for centers. Facilitate continuous progress toward the academic objectives cited in  the center’s authorization request and demonstrate its ability to offer competitive or educational advantage. Document how it measurably contributes to the University's strategic goals. Provide annual update to University's centers-and-institutes database.

RELATED INFORMATION

There is no related information associated with this policy.

HISTORY

Amended:
February 2009 - Provided better definitions and clarity for the policy.
Amended:
June 2007 - Established University-wide Centers and added a procedure for them. Changed procedures to reflect the three types of centers. Changed reporting lines for the policy to Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
Amended:
June 2005 - Removed obsolete forms section. Clarified that type 1 and 2 centers don't require EVPP approval, but rather should just contact the VP of Research to get approval for the use of the name to avoid name duplication. Procedure for Establishing Type 1 or Type 2 Centers added.
Amended:
February 2003 - Removed obsolete references in Related Information and Forms sections. Updated Preproposal Procedure to have people submit proposals to the Dean of the Graduate School after having consulted with the relevant college Dean(s).
Effective:
January 2000
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