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Review Procedures for Establishing Institutes, Centers or Similar Organizations:
Evaluation of Existing Centers and Institutes:
General Guidelines

A.  Review of Centers and Institutes

Beginning with academic year 1997-98, all Centers and Institutes shall be reviewed at least every five years by the Provost, on an initial schedule established by the Provost, with the results sent to the Faculty Senate as a Report for review and recommendation. Centers shall be evaluated on their success in meeting their own goals and objectives, as well as their substantive contribution to the mission of the campus. Once a Center or Institute has been reviewed, a recommendation to continue said Center or Institute must be approved by the President upon the recommendation of the Chancellor and Provost.

B.  Termination of a Center or Institute

Academic administrators may request the termination of a Center or Institute for reasons such as a prolonged period of inactivity, insufficient level of funding, inconsistency with campus mission and stated purposes of the Center or Institute, misconduct of employees, disappearance of clientele served. The campus administration shall review the proposed termination and forward it to the Faculty Senate for review and recommendation. The termination of a Center or Institute must receive approval of the Chancellor upon recommendation of the Provost.

(The procedures for Centers and Institutes were approved by the Faculty Senate as presented in Sen. Doc. No. 81-049 and 87-019; and were revised in Sen. Doc. No. 97-027 according to Trustee Policy. The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved a University-wide policy on Centers and Institutes as described in Trustee Document T96-096 (revised October 9, 1996.)

Detailed Guidelines for Periodic Evaluation of an Existing Center or Institute

Definitions and Distinctions
Creation and Approval of Centers and Institutes

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