Statewide Initiatives

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), and the Economic Development Partnership of 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


Dr. Robin McGill
Director Instruction/Special Projects
P: (334) 242-2104
Mrs. Margaret Pearson
Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives
P: (334) 242-2423

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.



Dr. Robin McGill
Director Instruction
P: (334) 242-2104

Welcome to the Complete College America Alliance – a network of states, regions and institutions focused on boosting student success and college completion.

This page is a resource for institutions to learn more about Alabama’s Game Changer strategies that focus on achieving educational attainment.

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