Research and Outreach

The research centers at The University of Alabama's Culverhouse offer a unique and dynamic resource to students and faculty. By providing critical access to the information that drives the industries where students will one day work, our students are moving one step ahead, one page at a time.

The Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) at The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce collects, maintains and analyzes the state's real estate data. ACRE acts as a liaison for our students to the real estate industry and provides several professional development opportunities and networking events around the state. Students utilizing this resource will experience firsthand what the field of real estate will hold for them on a day-to-day basis.  


The Alabama Productivity Center (APC) was established January 1, 1986 In an effort to improve economic development in the state of Alabama. The mission of the APC is to focus research and educational resources on the enhancement of productivity and quality within the state's industry.

The Center, a non-profit organization, is an outgrowth of a 1983 joint venture of the University of Alabama and General Motors to save a Tuscaloosa GM plant from closing. The positive experience utilizing University faculty and students to save Alabama jobs led to the establishment and sponsorship of the center by Alabama Power Company and the University of Alabama.

In 1996, APC became home to Region 3 of the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the state of Alabama. Headquartered in Montgomery, the ATN brings together a set of sixteen regional centers covering the entire state and serving the technical assistance and workforce development needs of small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms.


The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) is the state's most respected authority on state economics and forecasting. Its forecasts cover Alabama's Gross Domestic Product, employment and income by industry group, and are published in the annual Alabama Economic Outlook. CBER hosts the annual Alabama Economic Outlook Conference. 


The Institute of Business Analytics (IBA) is a collaborative resource for both the Culverhouse College of Commerce and University-wide research activities.  Its interdisciplinary team seeks to develop and cultivate analytics expertise through evidence based research via communicating applied research discoveries and approaches. The IBA works with analytic focused students and various corporate and government partners. 


It is no secret that study and experience are the sources of all knowledge. That's why our research centers give students both.