Designation of Departments, Schools and Colleges
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES FOR DESIGNATION OF DEPARTMENTS, SCHOOLS, AND COLLEGES
- Designation would enhance the unit's ability to serve all three areas of Auburn's mission.
- Units with similar missions in peer institutions are commonly designated as such.
- The unit has identified metrics for the assessment of its quality, peer institutions to which it can compare itself on those metrics, and a strategy for improving its performance on those metrics.
- There is a clear and compelling need for such designation.
- Such designation will provide a clear and compelling benefit to the university and will enhance the performance of the university's mission.
Guidelines to be Used in the Application of Overarching Principle
A complex administrative unit comprised of three or more departments and/or schools with similar missions and academic disciplines. A college normally demonstrates a degree of interdependence, providing instruction for a healthy mix of its own majors and majors from other university units.
- Ten academic degree programs at the undergraduate/graduate level
- One thousand majors across all degree programs
- Forty faculty FTEs at the assistant professor level or above
- Student credit hour production equivalent to budgeted instructional faculty FTE but no less than 25,000 student credit hours per academic year.
A specialized administrative unit organized to deliver instructional programs which contribute to a limited number of specialized baccalaureate, first professional and/or graduate degree programs and to deliver associated research and extension/outreach programs. A school may be free-standing or a unit within a college. A school may or may not be organized into departments. A school normally demonstrates a degree of independence, providing instruction principally for its own majors.
- One accredited baccalaureate or first professional degree
- Two hundred majors across all degree programs
- Twenty faculty FTEs at the assistant professor level or above
- Student credit hour production equivalent to budgeted instructional faculty FTE but no less than 5000 student credit hours per academic year.
A fundamental administrative unit which offers specialized instruction and proprietary degree programs in one of more closely related academic disciplines, with or without associated research and extension/outreach program.
- One baccalaureate or entry level, or first professional degree program
- Fifty majors across all degree programs or a number of majors comparable to the average number of majors for similar departments at Auburn's peer institutions
- Ten faculty FTEs at the assistant professor level or above or a number of FTEs comparable to the average number of FTEs for similar departments at Auburn's peer institutions
- Student credit hour production equivalent to budgeted instructional faculty FTE but no less than 5000 student credit hours per academic year or a number of student credit hours produced by similar departments at Auburn's peer institutions unless the department's mission is primarily research and outreach.
Last Updated: Mar. 31, 2009