Like most higher education institutions, the University of Idaho has established entities whose purpose is to provide a focal point for scholarly activity. For the most part these activities are associated with research and creative endeavors, outreach and engagement, and teaching and learning. These entities are variously classified as institutes, centers, programs, laboratories, core facilities and the like. Since there is no common theme within each category, this document will refer to them as "entities."
The efficient and strategic use of University resources is essential if the University is to continue to thrive and become nationally known for its many forms of world-class scholarly activity. It is impossible for the University of Idaho, nor for that matter any university, to excel in all areas. Therefore, it is important that the University focuses its limited resources in carefully chosen endeavors where it can achieve national recognition. In this case, resources include faculty, staff, students, space and funds. This has become even more important in these tight economic times, where fiscal resources have been significantly reduced. In order to offset these reductions and grow our national and international stature as a vibrant and intellectually stimulating institution, it is necessary for the University to focus its resources and energies in a smaller number but better supported set of entities. [Learn More