Level I, II and III Organization
A Level I entity will normally exist wholly within a college, but should cross department lines. It will normally report to an academic administrator within a single college.
Level I entities usually:
- Have an identified director.
- Receive funding and other support at the discretion of the appropriate administrator under which the entity is organized. Normally the originators of the idea behind this entity will obtain funding from external sources to test concepts with potential to grow into a Level II or III entity.
- In some cases, there will be a three- to five-year impact after which the individuals will move on to other projects.
A Level II entity will normally be called a center and report to a dean or deans. It is smaller in scope than a Level III entity. Its activities will primarily reside in one or two colleges, although there may be participation from other colleges.
Level II entities usually:
- Have a director who reports to a dean or multiple deans and is supported in part by them.
- Have administrative support where appropriate, but may be a shared position within the college to which they report.
- Receive support funding from college funds or other approved sources. There is no expectation of support from the central administration.
- Have an advisory committee chaired by the dean to which it reports and whose members consist of deans of colleges from which faculty members are drawn. Other members may be appointed as needed.
A Level III entity will normally be called an institute and report to a vice president. Its region of activity will cross two or more disciplinary categories — such as natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and applied professions — and it will draw resources from multiple internal units and include agencies and institutions external to the university. They include external and internal advisory committees.
Level III entities usually:
- Have a director who is a tenured faculty member of the university and is partially supported by the vice president to which he or she reports. This salary is to support activities related to the management and growth of the entity. It does not support teaching, research or outreach activities. The director may buy out her/his directorship with teaching or research monies, but can never drop below 0.5 FTE as the director. The director is reviewed annually by the appropriate administrator on his or her activities as a director with input on teaching, outreach and research activities as appropriate.
- Include centrally financed administrative personnel to support the entity’s activities and the director.
- Include scholarly activity that is or has the potential to be substantially outside a single college as evidenced by expenditures, graduate students and faculty/staff participation. This could include strong collaborations or partnerships with other institutions or agencies external to the University of Idaho.
- Receive a minimum return of funds equivalent to the same percentage of F&A funds distributed to colleges on awards submitted through the Level III entity that are in direct support of its vision and mission. These funds are to be used to further the mission of the entity as well as provide return to the PIs and supporting units. The latter is to be based upon the academic unit’s contribution to the entity. Deans are consulted in the budgeting process prior to the start of the fiscal year.
- Have an internal advisory committee whose members consist of deans of colleges from which faculty members are drawn. Other members may be appointed as needed. This committee provides advice and feedback on the operation and activities of the center to the director and the responsible university official as well as acting as an advocate. In the case where an academic program is associated with a Level III entity, the administration, oversight and operation of the program is invested in a dean or deans who are usually members of the advisory committee.
- Have an external advisory committee whose members have expertise relevant to the mission of the entity and whose role is to provide feedback on the scholarly activity of the entity and to assist in identifying and securing external funding. External committees are appointed in collaboration with the associated deans. The members of this committee serve at the behest of the appropriate vice president and provide advice to the director and its appropriate administrator on the activities of the entity and its directions. They also serve as advocates for the entity.
- Have identifiable space that acts as the focal point for the entity’s activities.