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Guidelines for the Establishment of University Centers or Institutes

A proposed university center or institute should include one or more academic discipline areas which are to receive special emphasis by the institution because of their relevance to the overall mission and goals. Those who propose the establishment of a university center or institute should prepare, after preliminary discussion, a formal proposal and submit it through the appropriate academic and administrative channels. Establishment of a center or institute requires the written approval and commitment of the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

           The proposal for the justification of a new university center or institute must specifically address the following areas:

  1. How will the purposes and activities of the center or institute address an academic need and the mission of Old Dominion University?
    What are the expected specific outcomes of the center or institute?
  2. What is the rationale for establishing a center or institute?
    Why does it need to be created in order to attain what specific goals and objectives?
  3. What are the organizational and operational aspects of the proposed center or institute?

  4. What are the cost and revenue projections for a five-year period of time, including space, library materials and services, equipment, personnel, and nonpersonal services?

-Approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs
October 16, 1984
Under Review May 16, 2022


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