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Policy Title: Establishing A School

Boise State University Policy #4041
Effective Date: May 14, 2010

Purpose:
To establish a policy for the purpose of standardizing procedures and criteria for the creation of academic administrative units known as “schools.”

Additional Authority:
State Board of Education Policy III.G

Scope:
Administration, Faculty, Staff

Responsible Parties:
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 426-1202


Policy

  • I. Policy Statement
    • It is the policy of Boise State University to allow the establishment of schools subject to the requirements and procedures that follow.
  • II. Criteria for Consideration to Become a School
    • A. A School will be formed only when it creates an administrative structure that can accomplish functions and activities that cannot be accomplished by already existing structure(s).
    • B. The School will be consistent with the role and mission statement and with the strategic plan of the University.
    • C. The School will be consistent with the role and mission statement and with the strategic plan of the College(s) to which it is attached.
    • D. The School will house multiple closely-related degree programs and faculty but not be as diverse in its programming as a College.
    • E. The School will include at least one graduate degree program.
    • F. The School will be fiscally sustainable.
    • G. The School will increase visibility of the unit so as to enhance the potential to attract a diverse student population, to increase the amount of external donations, and to facilitate a greater focus on the research mission of the unit.
  • III. Procedure for Establishing a School
    • A. After detailed review and consultation with appropriate faculty and administrators, the unit(s), department(s), or program(s) will prepare a State Board of Education Notice of Intent (NOI) to create the proposed School.
    • B. Following approval of the NOI by the appropriate Dean(s) and Department Chair(s), the NOI and a detailed description of the administrative structure will be submitted to the Deans’ Council for review and comment.
    • C. Upon completion of its review, the Deans’ Council will make a formal recommendation to the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs regarding the establishment of the School.
    • D. If the Deans’ Council recommends approval, and the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs agrees, the NOI will be forwarded to the President for consideration.
    • E. Following approval by the President, the NOI will be submitted to the State Board of Education for its consideration.
  • IV. Administrative Structure of a School
    • A. The School will be administratively part of a College or Colleges and subject to the policies and procedures that apply to the College(s).
    • B. A School will be led by a Director or Associate Dean who occupies a 12-month, permanent position; the Director (Associate Dean) reports to the Dean(s) of the College(s) to which it is attached.
    • C. A School may house one or more research centers, and/or may participate in and/or house one or more research institutes.