Centers at the University of Montana are approved and periodically assessed according to UM Policy 103: Establishment and Periodic Review of Academic Institutes, Bureaus, Centers, Stations, Labs, and Other Similar Entities.
Creating a new center
- A new center requires both Faculty Senate and Board of Regents approval.
- For information about preparing a proposal for a new center, please see directions for submitting a Level II Center proposal.
Center Review Process
Centers are reviewed every five years according to a rotating schedule.
1. Prepare and submit a Center Review Report
- Prepare the report based on the guidelines for the Center Review Report (due Oct 15).
- Include a Center Review Budget Form
- The center director will also submit a list of five potential external reivewers ranked by order of preference to the Office of the Provost (due Sept 15).
- The list of potential reviewers should not include anyone with a real or perceived conflict of interest, for example, former students or close collaborators.
2. The External Evaluator's Review
- The evaluator will be selected/invited by the Associate Provost in consultation with the center director.
- The evaluator will review the center's report and conduct a remote review (via phone, Skype, etc.).
- The center director is responsible for scheduling the remote interviews and providing an agenda to the reviewer.
- The Office of the Provost does not provide the honorarium. The center director must facilitate the payment of a modest honorarium (typically $250) upon receipt of the report.
- The interviews should include:
- Center Director
- Faculty and staff affiliated with the center
- The Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship
- The direct supervisor of the center
- The Associate Provost
- Others as makes sense for each individual center
3. Faculty Senate Review
- The Executive Committee of the Senate (ECOS) will review the center's report as well as the evaluation provided by the external reviewer.
- ECOS will recommend continuance or discontinuance of the center. (Past ECOS center reviews)