University of Alabama at Birmingham
ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTERS AND INSTITUTES
March 18, 2002
(Replaces policy entitled "Establishment of Designated Centers,Institutes, and Specialized Programs" dated April 2, 1987)[Edited May 31, 2007, for change in unit name]
Rule 503, Academic, Research, Service, and Administrative Units in The Board of Trustees of The Univesrity of Alabama Board Manual
As UAB has evolved, many new centers and institutes have been established to fulfill UAB's instructional, research, and service roles. The purposes of this policy are to define such units, to provide consistent structure for the processes of approving proposed new centers and institutes, and to provide for the periodic review of centers and institutes.
Definition(Source: Board of Trustees Rule 503)
A "center" or "institute" focuses and concentrates efforts, usually multidisciplinary in nature, toward meeting a specialized need or dealing with a current issue. Most centers and institutes provide an umbrella organization for efforts directed toward a common goal. Some provide a central, visible focal point to enable individuals from the state and community to take advantage of the research and service opportunities of the University.
Types of Centers or Institutes(Source: Based on Board of Trustees Rule 503)
A center or institute falls into one of the following two categories based on the primary purpose of its program:
Establishment, change, or discontinuation of any type of center or institute requires approval by the Board of Trustees after being reviewed and approved internally at UAB.
The President or his/her designee has the prerogative to require that a proposed program will be subject to the provisions of this policy. Also, the President may choose to submit to the Board of Trustees for approval a center or institute proposal which does not meet all the criteria indicated in this policy or in Board of Trustees Rule 503.
A proposed center or institute must have received final Board of Trustees approval before the name may be used at UAB or in publicity or media materials.
Criteria(Source: Based on Board of Trustees Rule 503)
A proposed center or institute must meet the following criteria, and the proposal showing how the center or institute will meet these criteria must be submitted to the President, to the Chancellor, and then to the Board of Trustees:
Ongoing Review of Existing Centers
Changes to Existing Centers or Institutes (Source: Based on Board of Trustees Rule 503)
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis is responsible for procedures to implement this policy.