A program to encourage and strengthen the cooperation between UCAR
member and non-member educational institutions in the United States,
Canada and Mexico.
The UCAR Academic Affiliates Program (AAP) provides a mechanism for North American colleges and universities which do not qualify as UCAR Members to more formally participate in, and contribute to, the UCAR community's scientific and educational activities-for their own benefit as well as for the benefit of the larger atmospheric and related sciences community. Like the UCAR International Affiliates Program (IAP), the AAP encourages collegiality, communication, and collaborations among a specific segment of the education and scientific community who have common interests in matters of research, policy and education.
The interest in such a program was first brought to the attention of UCAR by President Richard A. Anthes in 1988. President Anthes, along with the UCAR Membership Committee, recognized that significant educational and research programs exist in many North American colleges and universities that do not qualify for UCAR Membership; for example, many of the colleges and universities which grant B.A./B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in the atmospheric and related sciences, or institutions which grant Ph.D. degrees but do not otherwise qualify for UCAR membership. Thus, to provide more explicit mechanisms for cooperation and communication between UCAR Members and these non-member institutions, as well as to recognize more formally the scientific opportunities that already exist within the community as a whole, a program for the affiliation of these institutions with UCAR was developed.
The Academic Affiliates Program is a vehicle for strengthening and reinforcing professional interaction, collaboration, and collegiality for institutions who are not Members of UCAR. This program facilitates formal communications between Academic Affiliates and UCAR and UCAR Members through the designation of a representative of the Affiliate institution who serves as a point of contact for UCAR and Affiliate interactions, and who participates in the Annual UCAR Members' meeting.
Enhanced communications also serve to better expose UCAR and UCAR Members' activities, such as the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET), Unidata, and various internships, colloquia and university programs and projects, to Affiliate institutions and, thus, encourage the participation in these activities by this broader group of teachers, scientists, and students.
A. The prospective Affiliate must be a regionally accredited educational institution offering a B.A./B.S. degree or higher in the atmospheric and related sciences. The AAP provides the opportunity for institutions that may not qualify for UCAR Membership to formally affiliate with UCAR. It is of special interest to the UCAR Membership Committee that UCAR actively seek participation by minority institutions which have programs in atmospheric or related sciences.
Only nonprofit corporations organized and operated for educational, professional, or scientific purposes shall be eligible for membership. Such an institution may be considered eligible for Affiliate membership in the Corporation if it:
B. The application process will consist of the submission, by the Chief Executive Officer of the interested institution, of a statement of interest expressing a desire to join the AAP, and materials describing the participating academic departments or areas. The Membership Committee will review the materials for conformance with the broad program guidelines stated in the previous section and will recommend action to the UCAR President.
C. An institution's affiliation will be for a term of eight years. An institution may apply for renewal of its affiliation by following Procedures for Renewal Application to the Academic Affiliates Program.
D. Each Affiliate institution will designate one representative who will serve as the institution's primary link with UCAR, the Members, and other Affiliates. This person will be designated by the Chief Executive Officer of her/his institution.
E. An initiation fee of $800 will be assessed each Affiliate institution for the first year of participation; subsequently, a fee of $400 will be assessed annually. These funds will be used to meet costs of the Affiliates' participation in UCAR annual meetings.
F. UCAR encourages and welcomes attendance by the Affiliate institution's designated representative, as a non-voting participant, at all annual Members' meetings.
The following benefits to the atmospheric science community, as well as to UCAR Members and AAP participants, also serve as objectives of the Academic Affiliates Program:
The Academic Affiliates Program will be reviewed by the UCAR Membership Committee every eight years.