What is a Center of Excellence?

A center of excellence is a place or institution which is held out as an example of excellence in a particular field. Be wary, however, because terms like ‘center of excellence’ are typically used by the institution in question. Schools in particular like to say that they are ‘centers of excellence’ without defining what this means or why it applies to the school. Because of the phrase’s overuse, it has seized to have much meaning.