Centers are interdisciplinary, collaborative groups focused largely on externally supported research or educational activities. Participants come from multiple disciplines, typically within the college.
Institutes are larger units that house intercollegiate or interagency activities. They largely focus on externally supported research or educational activities that are broader than the interests of a single college or administrative unit.
Outreach programs enable faculty, staff and students to collaborate with communities in beneficial partnerships. These programs combine scholarly activities with service.