What is a service center?

A service center is an operating unit that exists principally to provide goods or services to KU departments and recovers more than $10,000 in annual operating expenses or the unit’s primary customers are sponsored projects or external customers.

Operating costs are recovered by charges to those departments and entities receiving the goods or services. Service centers develop rates based on incurred (historical) cost and rates should be designed to break even over a 12 month time period (unless approved in advance by the Vice Provost for Administration and Finance). 

Examples: Chemistry storeroom, Animal Care Unit 


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