Center Assessment Guidelines

For Research Centers

*For non-research centers performing engagement and service functions, please see the Center Assessment Guidelines for Engagement and Service.

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, research-focused centers should typically address the following:

  • Assessment of scholarly activity/productivity over the course of the review period (e.g., publications resulting from center activities; external grant dollars awarded to the center, including funding source)
  • Assessment of strengths and opportunities for improvement of the center, focusing specifically on its ability to enhance research activity on the campus
  • Interrelationships with other units on campus, including other UM campuses, that focus on collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research efforts
  • 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 center’s goals and plans for the next three to five years, including information about how those goals and plans further the campus’s strategic initiatives. The full report should be submitted to the provost.

The first draft of the report will be reviewed by a member of the Provost’s staff and a member of the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development. Typically, the center will be asked to submit a revised draft of the report to the aforementioned individuals. Once they have approved the report, it will be forwarded to the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development. Finally there will be an in-person meeting that will include, at a minimum the center director, the Provost, The Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development, and the dean of the school/college where the center is housed (if it is housed in an academic unit). After this meeting the Provost or designate  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.