The centers in Academic Affairs that focus on scholarship or serve external constituencies should support the mission of the university in ways that transcend what is possible by a single faculty member, department, or often college. While it may often be necessary to provide general fund or CPP Foundation funding in the early stages of a center’s growth, the university should expect that academic centers will operate without general fund support. If a center requires general fund support AND has been recognized by the campus leadership as central to the mission, the funding must be budgeted as a line item in a lead college.
Implementation Process - Academic Affairs should review each academic center on its contributions to the mission of the university, the soundness of its required business plan, and the quality and impact of its programs. In general, Centers should focus the work of several faculty on scholarship, outreach and/or education not otherwise possible within departments or college boundaries. They should have an appropriate business plan that ensures either self-sufficiency, (after an initial investment of general fund dollars and other funding), or direct budgeting of general fund dollars from a college budget. The business plan should identify the time when the center would no longer need central funding support.
The committee believes the following centers are doing an excellent job of meeting these criteria at present. Each is a candidate for additional investment, which may be generated by redistributing resources currently devoted to less central efforts in other centers or programs.
Arabian Horse Center and BioTrek. Both centers have great impact on visitors to campus and both can play important roles in the curriculum. The committee recommends that future investments in both be designed to strengthen the connection with Cal Poly Pomona student learning and faculty scholarship.
John T. Lyle Center. The Lyle Center is redeveloping its central role on campus. The committee recommends it be designated as a leader in campus efforts at sustainability and green practice. This center may be a candidate for additional investment as its role evolves.
Downtown Center. This center represents a significant investment by CLASS in community involvement. The committee recommends that it expand its role as an integrating-point of university and city programs and initiatives and that future investments link programs from other units to its efforts.
Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Material Design (CM3D). This new center has a good balance between curricular impact and economic development. The committee recommends merging into it other centers and programs that can expand its mission while sharing the commitment to education and industrial support.