Institutional Effectiveness and Planning


Staff
  Dr. Elizabeth French,   Director  (334) 242-2179
  Dr. Ileeia A. Cobb,   Staff Associate  (334) 242-2109
  Dr. Jim Conely,   Senior Program Officer (334) 242-2235

       Responsibilities

  • Providing leadership in the design, development and implementation of activities associated with the statewide long range planning responsibilities assigned to the Commission by statute;
  • Administering the U. S. Department of Education No Child Left Behind Title II  higher education competitive grant program in compliance with federal regulations;
  • Providing oversight for the programmatic review of private institutions operating as foreign corporations in Alabama in accord with the regulatory authority assigned to the Commission by statute;
  • Representing the Executive Director and staff support to the Alabama EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Support Competitive Research) Steering Committee;
  • Representing the Executive Director and providing staff support to the Articulation and General Studies Committee;
  • Serving as ACHE staff liaison to the State Department of Education (SDE) in matters related to teacher education and certification;
  • Providing guidance to staff on the preparation of new or amended rules for the ACHE Administrative Code;
  • Providing for Commission compliance and recordation of evidence of compliance with the Alabama Open Meeting Act

       Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

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
Auburn University
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of South Alabama

       Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC/STARS)

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.


AGSC/STARS

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