Centers

Centers, similar to academic units and programs, are required to undergo systematic review.  Centers embedded within an academic unit are reviewed when that academic unit is reviewed.

Georgia State University distinguishes between two types of centers for the purposes of Academic Program Review:

  1. Research Centers
  2. Service/Education Centers

Evaluation of Research Centers

The University System of Georgia defines a research center as follows: “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)

The template for research centers outlines the information to be provided by the center’s director(s) and submitted as an appendix to a unit’s Self Study Report. In general, the center is evaluated on the basis of the accomplishment of its stated goals and objectives and the success in developing research programs. This evaluation will be based, in large part, on extramural support generated for the programs in the center, publication record, and training of students and research associates.

APR Template for Research Centers

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)

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 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.

APR Template for Service/Education Centers