Center Assessment Guidelines

University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations (Section 50.010) require that all established centers be reviewed every five years. The purposes of the review are as follows:

  1. to assess the center’s contributions to one or more of the university’s four missions
  2. to engage in long-term planning that supports the goals of MU’s Strategic Plan
  3. to increase administrative knowledge about the center’s mission and plans for the future
  4. to determine if the center’s activities are sufficient to warrant continuation.

The center assessment report (approximately 15 pages) consists of two primary parts. Part I should assess the unit’s contributions to one or more of the university’s four missions. Although specific information within this assessment will vary, typical information includes the following:

  • Assessment of strengths and opportunities for improvement of the center, focusing specifically on its role within one or more of the university’s four missions. Assessment should be based on appropriate indicators of productivity (e.g., national awards, grants, patents, etc.)
  • Activity data annually for the last five years, showing the services provided or other outputs of the center.
  • Interrelationships with other units on campus, including other UM campuses.
  • A summary of the budget, revenues, expenses and other financial information for the last five years.

Part II of the center assessment report should include a summary of the unit’s goals and plans for the next three to five years, including information about how those goals and plans further the campus’s strategic operating plan. The full report should be submitted to the provost.

Upon receiving the center’s own report, the Provost may appoint a review team to provide a response to the center’s own assessment report. This review team may include internal and/or external reviewers. If no external reviewers are included, at least one Graduate Faculty member from a related MU unit should be included if the center has a significant research program. In addition, one Provost staff member will be assigned to the review team. This composition may be modified, if the review team is prescribed by an accreditation organization.

After consultation with the Chancellor, the Provost will forward a formal report of the review, along with a decision to continue or discontinue, to the UM System’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, who shall transmit it to the General Officers.

The above guidelines refer solely to those centers established under Collected Rules and Regulations 50.010. These include the following:

  • 4H Center for Youth Development
  • Afro-Romance Institute for Languages
  • Economics and Policy Analysis Research
  • Geographic Resources Center
  • Herbarium of the University of Missouri
  • Center for Studies in Oral Tradition
  • Financial Research Institute
  • Assessment Resource Center
  • Center for Geospatial Intelligence
  • Water Resources Center
  • Fire & Rescue Training Institute
  • Public Policy Institute
  • Center for Family Policy and Research
  • Center on Religion and the Professions
  • Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution
  • National Center for Gender Physiology
  • Center of Health Care Quality
  • Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Institute
  • Center for Agroforestry
  • Interdisciplinary Center on Aging
  • Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Nano & Molecular Medicine
  • Research Reactor Center
  • Thompson Center for Autism
  • Asian Affairs Center
  • International Center

All other centers not on this list should be reviewed regularly either as part of the program assessment process or through a similar review process that includes focus on the center’s plans for the next three to five years.