Purpose and Management of Academic Centers

Topics: Centers and Institutes, Research Enterprise

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Research Questions

  • What mission or goal do administrators hope academic centers achieve? 
  • What is the process to approve or discontinue an academic center? 
  • How do administrators determine the viability of a proposed academic center?


Academic centers provide a forum for faculty and students to pursue interdisciplinary or specialized research, teaching, or public service. This report examines the processes to develop, review, and discontinue academic centers. Additionally, the report describes the purpose and funding sources of academic centers.