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Texas Center for Educational Facilities

Research Laboratory on Educational Facilities

About Us

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. The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF) provides multiple services regarding the various stages of facility design, planning, construction, and maintenance.  The website offers three unique access points to information concerning educational facilities: a biannual, nationally reviewed journal; research-based information; and practitioner "craft" knowledge from various trades. In addition, ACEF provides on-site trainings, technical assistance, and distance learning events through applications such as webinars, podcasts, and blogs.


In 2011 TRLEF was renamed the Texas Center for Educational Facilities (Facilities Center) by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The Facilities Center is a continuation of TRLEF and manages the federally funded ACEF project. The Facilities Center is housed in Room 115 of the E.J. Howell Building on the campus of Tarleton State University. The Facilities Center operates under the direction of Dr. Denae Dorris. The Facilities Center staff remains committed to providing research that result in improved physical learning environments to enhance student engagement and learning.