Guidelines for Evaluation of Research Centers
The University System of Georgia defines a research center in the following way: “A research ‘center’ provides an organizational base for research in a given academic area or closely related area. It often provides a vehicle for interdisciplinary research 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 the college or university to obtain extramural funding in specific areas. It serves as a formalized link between the academic community and the professional community in the area(s) of focus. A ‘center’, however, is not an autonomous structure within the internal statutory organization of a college or 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.” (Academic and Student Affairs Handbook, Section 2.14)
Evaluation of Research Centers at Georgia State University
Research centers within an academic unit will be reviewed at the same time that the academic unit is reviewed. The template for research centers gives specific instructions on the information to be provided by the center’s director(s) and submitted as an appendix to a unit’s Self Study. The University Senate’s Committee on Academic Programs will evaluate a center regarding accomplishment of its stated goals and objectives and the success in developing research programs. This will, in large part, be evaluated from extramural support generated for the programs in the center, publication record, and training of students and research associates.