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Draft Questions for TCTF-SC Researcher(s)
Evaluating US Multi-Campus Universities

  1. Regents/Trustees: Is there one body for the "system" or multiple bodies for different campuses or groups of campuses?

  2. "System" coordination: Where does responsibility reside for coordination of the "system": in a staff reporting to the Regents; within the office of the president of the flagship institution; or dispersed through one or more institutions?

  3. President (CEO): Does this individual have only "system"-wide responsibilities or a dual role as head of both the "system" and flagship institution?

  4. Provost: Is there a single chief academic officer for the "system"? If so does this individual also serve as provost of the flagship institution?

  5. Schools/departments: Are they restricted to single campuses, multiple campuses, or both?

  6. Mission statement: Is there a "system"-wide mission statement, or one for each campus, or both?

  7. Program development: Does each campus proceed independently with the creation and definition of academic programs? To what extent is there central coordination or consultation?

  8. Students: Do they apply and are they admitted to individual campuses, or do they apply centrally and then are assigned to a specific campus?

  9. Undergraduate degrees: Are they awarded by faculty of the "system" or by the faculty of individual campuses?

  10. Graduate degrees: Is there one graduate school with a single "system" degree, or separate graduate schools and degrees at each campus?

  11. Professional degrees: For each field, is there a single "system" degree, or separate schools and degrees at each campus?

  12. Accreditation: Are professional programs accredited for the entire "system" or separately for each campus?

  13. Courses: Are courses freely transferable between campuses or are they evaluated on a case-by-case basis?

  14. Distribution requirements: Are degree requirements "system"-wide or established at each campus?

  15. Budgets: What budget functions (if any) are centralized and what are controlled at the campus level?

  16. Human resources: What human resource functions (if any) are centralized and what are managed at the campus level?

  17. Faculty code: Is there a single "system"-wide faculty code, or separate codes for each campus, or both?

  18. Faculty governance (senate): Is there a single "system"-wide faculty senate, or separate faculty bodies for each campus, or both?

  19. Tenure: Do faculty hold tenure at the "system" level or at the campus level?

  20. Library: Are library services managed at the "system" level or at the campus level, or both?

  21. Information technology: Are information technology services managed at the "system" level or at the campus level, or both?

  22. Federal/state relations: Are federal and state relations (including lobbying) handled centrally, by each campus separately (with what degree of coordination?), or both?

  23. Development: Are development activities handled centrally or at each campus? If the latter, how are they coordinated (if at all)?

  24. Endowment management: Are endowments managed centrally or independently at each campus?

  25. Contracting: Are contracts negotiated and managed centrally or separately by each campus?

  26. Research grants and contracts: Are research grants and contracts awarded to and monitored by a central office or managed independently at each campus?

  27. Environmental health and safety: Are health and safety issues overseen by a central office or by independent offices at each campus?

  28. New construction: Are priorities and management of new construction handled centrally or at individual campuses?

  29. Risk management: Are issues of risk management and liability handled centrally or at individual campuses?