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About the Texas Center for Educational Facilities

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Initiated in 2008, Tarleton State University formed a unique business partnership with a local architectural firm to create the Tarleton Research Laboratory on Educational Facilities (TRLEF). The primary goal of TRLEF was to provide evidence-based research to Texas public schools regarding the educational impact of facility design on student learning.

In 2010, TRLEF was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Education to develop the national clearinghouse on educational facilities known as The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF).

In 2011, TRLEF was renamed the Texas Center for Educational Facilities (Facilities Center) by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The Facility Center continues to provide information, training, and technical assistance to public schools.

The Facility Center is housed in Room 402 of the E.J. Howell Building on the campus of Tarleton State University. The Facilities Center operates under the direction of Dr. Denae Dorris.