Board of Regents policy states that all centers, institutes and bureaus should enhance the visibility of a given subject or activity and that there should be sufficient resources provided in support of the center, institute or bureau to meet the goal of increased visibility.1 It is crucial that the University have a formal process in place to ascertain and assure compliance with Regents requirements and to verify that the creation and initiation of such an entity is in the best academic and financial interests of the University.
1. No center, institute or bureau shall be initiated
without the specific authorization and approval of the President
of the University, after review and recommendation by the Provost
and Senior Vice President.2
2. The Provost and Senior Vice President shall be
responsible for the development of criteria and guidelines for
consideration and use by faculty, departments and/or colleges
interested in the creation and initiation of a center, institute
1 See Item 7 ( j ) in Chapter II, Section A of the Board of Regents Policy Manual. See also Item 7 (e) in Section A with regard to required approvals.
2 It is noted that Centers of Excellence, which are
funded through legislative appropriation, should have state and
nation-wide recognition and should be unique within the state.
Centers of Excellence require consideration and approval by the
Board of Regents and the Kansas Legislature.
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.
The Provost and Senior Vice President shall have primary responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.
October 31, 2009