Center Assessment Guidelines - Engagement and Service

The University of Missouri’s 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 (research, teaching, public service, economic development)
  2. To engage in long-term planning that supports the goals of MU’s Strategic Initiatives
  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, engagement- or service-focused centers should typically address the following:

  • Assessment of activities that connect to the engagement and/or service mission of the university (e.g., activities that promote demonstrable benefits to the state; number of clients who received services at a center)
  • Assessment of strengths and opportunities for improvement of the center, focusing specifically on its ability to enhance engagement across the state and/or provide services to the campus or broader community
  • 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.
  • A summary of activities, if applicable, that connect to the other university missions (teaching, service, economic development)

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. Typically, the center will be asked to submit a revised draft of the report. Once they have approved the report, it will be forwarded to the Provost and the appropriate Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost. Finally, there will be an in-person meeting that will include, at a minimum the center director, the Provost, The appropriate Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost, 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.

For questions about academic or center program assessments, please contact: 

Matthew MartensDr. Matthew Martens
Faculty Fellow for Academic Programs
203 Jesse Hall