Great Lakes’ Academic Service Center is an operation that provides goods and/or services in direct support of the research or academic mission of the college. Academic Service Centers recover their costs through fees charged to internal and external users, including sponsored projects, based on established billing rates and actual usage of service. According to the college’s Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure, there are two types of service centers:

  1. Specialized Service Center - A specialized service center has an annual budget of over $1 million and provides highly complex or specialized services to a select group of users. The billing rates for these centers are based on their direct operating costs and an allocated portion of overhead.
  2. Recharge Center - A recharge center bills users for direct costs and has an annual budget of less than $1 million.