Guidelines for Evaluation of Service/Education Centers
We have adopted the definition of a Service/Education Center from the Board of Regents definition of a center. A Service/Education Center provides an organizational base for service and/or education in a given academic area or closely related area. It may provide a vehicle for interdisciplinary efforts in a given area involving faculty and students from a variety of internal administrative structures. It may be involved in the offering of continuing education activities related to its area(s) of interest. The ‘center’ structure may facilitate efforts of a college or the university to obtain extramural funding in specific areas. It serves as a formalized link between the academic, professional, and/or Atlanta communities in the area(s) of focus. A ‘center,’ however, is not an autonomous structure within the internal statutory organization of a college or the University. It is administratively most often an appendage of one of the traditional administrative structures, such as a department. A ‘center’ is not involved in the independent offering of credit course or degree programs. (http://www.usg.edu/academic_affairs_handbook/section2/2.15.phtml1993)
Evaluation of Existing Service/Education Centers at Georgia State
Existing service/education centers at Georgia State will be reviewed on a schedule set up by the associate provost for institutional effectiveness and the Senate’s Academic Program Review Subcommittee. The Template for Service/Education Centers gives specific instructions on the information to be provided by the center’s directors for purposes of review and submitted as Appendix E of a department’s or unit’s Academic Program Review Self Study. In general, the center will be evaluated regarding its accomplishment of the stated goals and objectives, as well as its quality, its impact on constituencies served by the center, and its contributions to the University’s and the unit’s mission and strategic plan.