In the United States, universities of high quality generally have a
large number of centers and institutes in operation. Creating viable
centers and institutes is one way by which IUP can move forward.
A center is an organization formed by IUP and dedicated to a specific
program. It draws resources from IUP together in a common effort,
providing a liaison unit that can serve university students, university
personnel, state and local officials, business, industry and
professional interests, and/or the public at large.
Other websites of interest to centers and institutes:
It utilizes a staff of specialists and the services of personnel from one or more academic and university service departments to provide organized leadership and a unified program. Activities related to the center may include non-credit courses, student internships, student practicums, conferences, training, research, and extension services, as well as publications, service, and public information programs.
An institute may have a broader scope and may encompass more than one center. An institute may serve as the vehicle for stimulating cooperation and resource sharing among similar units as they focus on specific problems.
Among the possible advantages of centers and institutes to IUP are the following:
(Revised: November 2, 1998)