Office of the Provost

The University of Michigan Faculty Handbook


3.L Institutes and Centers

The University supports more than 100 centers and institutes, all of which have research, service, and in some cases, teaching missions, and are typically run by a director and an executive committee. As a general rule, institutes are separate administrative units reporting to a major University unit, whereas centers are units within a school or college or sometimes spanning several departments within a school or college. Most centers and institutes are established by the Regents on recommendation of the president (bylaw 6.03).

For more information, visit the provost office Best Practices for Centers and Institutes Task Force web page at  

Faculty Handbook: Administrative Structure: