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RAMP - Academic Support

Academic Support activities are carried out in direct support of the three primary programs of Instruction, Organized Research and Public Service. In most cases, the Academic Support activities are difficult to allocate among the three primary functional programs.  They are to be distinguished from support programs such as Student Services and Institutional Support.

Student Services may contribute indirectly to the university's instructional objectives (such as social and cultural events) but these types of activities are generally considered a supplement to instruction rather than a direct contributor to the objectives of instruction.

Institutional Support, on the other hand, is primarily concerned with the institution as an operating entity and tends to focus on the institution as a whole rather than upon individual activities.

Academic Support includes activities related to the preservation, maintenance, and display of both the stock of knowledge and educational materials (for example, library services and museums), teaching hospitals and clinics, and activities directly related to the administration of academic programs.

Academic Administration

Library Services

Museums and Galleries

Hospital and Patient Services

Academic Support Not Elsewhere Classified


This subprogram includes administrative support and management activities specifically for the support of an institution's primary programs of instruction, organized research and public service. College deans and associated personnel, faculty senates, faculty recruitment, and other types of personnel development programs assigned to the college level all are examples of activities to be included in this subprogram. Administrative support for libraries, teaching hospitals, and museums and galleries should be shown under each of the appropriate functional subprograms within the Academic Support program. For example, the chief librarian would be reported under Library Services.


This subprogram includes those activities that directly support the collection, cataloging, storage, and distribution of published materials in support of one or more of the institution's primary functional programs. Special library services such as those provided by the law school library should also be included in this subprogram, as well as general library administration.


This subprogram includes those activities related to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of historical materials, art objects, scientific displays, and so forth, that support one or more of the institution's primary functional programs. This subprogram is not restricted to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of inanimate objects. It would be appropriate to include activities such as those associated with an arboretum in this subprogram.


This subprogram includes those services which have been established primarily to support instructional programs and to permit the search for new knowledge. While the patient care services rendered by these facilities are not incidental, teaching and research activities are the primary reasons for their existence. If there were no teaching and research activities, universities normally would not be engaged in the operation of hospitals or health clinics. If an institution did operate a health patient care program of some nature, but this was not required to support the Instructional or Organized Research programs, then the activity should be classified as Direct Patient Care under Public Service.


This subprogram should include all remaining activities whose objective is to support the three primary programs of Instruction, Organized Research and Public Service. An example of an activity to be placed in this subprogram is an institution's University Press.