New Centers

A proposal for a new Center is considered a Level II proposal and requires both Faculty Senate and Board of Regents approval.

To submit a proposal for a new center:

  1. As soon as a new center is considered, submit a one-paragraph description of the program to the Office of the Provost (
    1. It will be added to the Academic Program Plan that is submitted to OCHE and available to other MUS institutions for their comment and information.
    2. This list is updated once a year, in May. Proposals not on this list will not be considered by OCHE.
  2. Once the proposal is more developed, complete an Intent to Plan form.
    • Obtain required signature from Dean or Vice President for Research (depending on reporting authority) and submit to the Office of the Provost.
    • Intent to Plan forms will be submitted to OCHE by the Provost and reviewed monthly by all of the Chief Academic Officers in the MUS.
    • Following approval, the Provost's Office will notify proposer that they may proceed to develop a full proposal and if any other campuses in the MUS need to be consulted.
    • Campuses will have up to 18 months for proposal development and campus governance review.
  3. Submit the full proposal with the following required forms (completed with all required signatures) to the Office of the Provost for review:
    1. Faculty Senate Forms:
      1. Proposal for the establishment of a new center (required by UM Policy 310)
      2. Center Review Budget Form
      3. Faculty Senate Academic Proposal Request Form (with all required signatures)
    2. Montana University System forms:
      1. Academic Proposal Request Form
      2. Research Center and Institute Proposal Form
  4. The Provost will distribute copies to the President, relevant administrators, and the Faculty Senate.
  5. The Provost and the Faculty Senate provide a written rationale for a recommendation of approval or disapproval to the President.
  6. The President considers all recommendations and provides a written explanation of the decision to each reviewer and the University community.
  7. Upon approval, the proposal will be sent to the Board of Regents for final authorization.

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