Guidelines for Evaluation of Service/Education Centers

Georgia State University has adopted the definition of a Service/Education Center from the University System of Georgia’s definition of a research 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. (Academic and Student Affairs Handbook, Section 2.14)

Evaluation of Service/Education Centers at Georgia State University

Service/education centers within an academic unit will be reviewed at the same time that the academic unit is reviewed. The Template for Service/Education Centers gives specific instructions on the information to be provided by the center’s director(s) for purposes of review and submitted as an appendix to 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.