Institutes and Centers
Institutes and Centers are established to coordinate, support, and extend a University's research, service, and training activities.
The establishment, operation, and termination of Institutes and Centers are governed by, Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 10.015. This regulation defines two categories of Institutes and Centers:
- State of Florida Institutes and Centers are established to coordinate interinstitutional research, teaching, and service across the State University System (SUS). These Institutes and Centers must be approved by the BOG.
- University Institutes and Centers are generally established by a single university
to enhance existing instruction, research, and service.
Reporting Requirements for All Centers and Institutes
Centers and Institutes must provide annual reports to comply with both BOG and SACSCOC (USF's accrediting agency) requirements. To satisfy these requirements, the following forms must be completed. Prior to submission to the BOG, forms must be approved by the appropriate office as indicated below. Once approved by the appropriate office, all BOG forms must be uploaded to the ExpertNet website. The SACSCOC assessment report must be entered into USF's System for Assessment Management (SAM).
- Budget Information - Financial Information Form
Contact Loretta Sue Kandl in the Provost's Office.
- Directory Information - Directory Information Form
Submit to Kelly Bergquist in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Planning and Review.
- Evaluation/Assessment Information - Annual Evaluation Form
Evaluation/Assessment of Centers and Institutes is required by both the BOG and SACSCOC. The Annual Evaluation Form is designed to comply with the reporting requirements of both agencies. In order to meet BOG requirements, submit the completed evaluation to Kelly Bergquist, Office of Institutional Effectiveness. To meet SACSCOC requirements, the information contained within the evaluation form must be entered into USF's System for Assessment Management (SAM). Additional information on developing a SACSCOC compliant assessment report is available on the OIE website.
In addition to the annual report, a formal review of the Center or Institute is required at least every seven years. At a minimum, all seven-year evaluations/reviews must include the following elements:
- A determination of the institute or center's progress against defined goals and objectives within the context of the institute or center's mission, university mission, and the current Board of Governor's Strategic Plan;
- A determination of the institute or center's progress against stated administrative assessment plan on file with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Planning and Review.
- A description of the institute or center's accomplishments and/or challenges over the last seven years;
- An assessment of the return on investment of State dollars, if applicable;
- The need for continuation of the institute or center;
- Possible changes in mission or organizational structure;
- Budget reduction or expansion;An audit of funding support for continuation;
- Statement of assurance of director's annual evaluation;
- Recommendations for change in classification if applicable;
- Recommendations for statue change (active, inactive, or terminated) and;
- The date of the last evaluation/review
Resources for Establishing and Managing Institutes and Centers
- Guidelines for the Formation and Operation of University Institutes and Centers
- Initiation Form
- Request for Termination form