Office of the Provost

Best Practices for Centers and Institutes Task Force

Update as of Fall 2010


The Centers and Institutes task force was charged with exploring best practices within the centers and institutes at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus including what attributes and structures make them productive, successful and efficient.


  • Ensure that all academic centers and institutes have mission statements that are consistent with the mission of the University of Michigan.
  • Ensure that all centers and institutes have clear metrics for evaluating their progress toward fulfilling those missions.
  • Aggressively seek opportunities for shared staffing and space among centers and institutes.

Next Steps

We are now finalizing a complete inventory of all centers and institutes highlighting key indicators such as general-fund expenditures, faculty, staffing and space. We are also working to review unit mission statements and metrics, consistent with the task force recommendation, and we are formulating a set of best practices for the management of units.  Finally, we are working to identify opportunities for shared staffing and efficient use of space.


For further information on this task force please contact Celeste Castillo Lee in the Provost's office at

View task force membership

View the final report


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