Guidelines for Evaluation of Research Centers

The Board of Regents defines a center in the following way: “A ‘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.”



Evaluation of Existing Research Centers at Georgia State University


Existing research centers will be reviewed on the schedule set up by the associate provost and the Senate’s Academic Program Review Committee. The template for research centers gives specific instructions on the information to be provided by the center’s director(s) and submitted as Appendix E of a unit’s Self Study. The Senate Research Committee’s Research Center Review Subcommittee 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.

After the Research Center Review Subcommittee’s report and recommendations regarding the designation of the center are approved by the Senate Research Committee, they will be forwarded to the Senate’s Academic Program Review Committee (a subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Programs) to aid in its assessment of the center’s contribution to the department’s or unit’s goals and objectives, and to the provost as part of materials employed to develop the department’s or unit’s Action Plan.