The Alabama Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a family of competitive, merit-based programs
sponsored in Alabama by the State and National Science Foundation, the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Energy, the Department
of Defense, Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
A state steering committee provides oversight to the
activities of EPSCoR. Membership on this committee, in addition to the research
institutions, includes the following state agencies: the Alabama Commission on
Higher Education (ACHE), the Alabama Department of Economic and Community
Affairs (ADECA), the Alabama Development Office (ADO), and the Economic
Development Partnership if Alabama (EDPA). Day to day activities are
administered by a State Executive Director and staff as well as the independent
Program Directors who operate each of the statewide federal agency programs.
Member institutions include:
Alabama A&M University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of South Alabama
Act. 94-202, enacted in March 1994 by the Alabama
legislature has been viewed by many as one of the most important initiatives
undertaken for higher education in Alabama. The legislation was designed to
resolve issues related to the transfer of credit among public postsecondary
institutions in the state. To implement the provisions specified in the Act the
legislation provided for the creation of an Articulation and General Studies
Committee (AGSC) charged with the development of a statewide articulation
agreement for the transfer of credit among all the public institutions. In
addition, the legislation designated a single agency to be responsible for
developing the computerized database (STARS) and design of student contractual
agreements to be honored among all public institutions.
Today, an Executive Director and staff provide
oversight of the day-to day activities of this system. In addition, there are
AGSC/STARS contacts at every two year and four-year institution who facilitate
communication and understanding of the goals and objectives of this program.