A Message from the 2018-2019 AGSC Chair...

Students in Alabama have many options when they decide to pursue higher education.  It is no longer the case that they only need to decide their major and which university or college to attend.  Many times their path starts at one of Alabama’s 22 community colleges and continues at one of the state’s 14 public universities.  The Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) was established 25 years ago to facilitate such transfer and to eliminate the loss of time, credit, and money for our students.

Today, transfer has become even more prevalent than imagined 25 years ago:  Students begin at a 4-year institution, take classes during the summer at their local community college, and then continue at a different university,  Occasionally, university students or graduates transfer to a 2-year college to get a degree or certificate that offers them high-paying job prospects.  Of course, we have also seen booming dual enrollment programs.  In all cases, students are consumers who look for value and expect to receive credit for the work they have done.

Fortunately, the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS), which is managed by professional staff members and overseen by the AGSC, has remained flexible and facilitates all kinds of transfer.  The Committee is now seeking to enhance the user-friendliness of STARS through developing a more mobile friendly platform.  We hosted our first ever Transfer and Student Success Conference, March 6 – 7, 2019, and plans for the 2020 ACHIEVE Conference are already well under way.

In a recent development, the State of Alabama’s higher education community has become a member of the national movement, “Complete College America” (CCA).  The aim of CCA is to develop collaboration among colleges and universities that will enable the State to increase the number and percentage of persons holding postsecondary degrees.  Additionally, our State is engaged in an effort to increase the attainment of certificates and degrees to meet workforce demands of current and anticipated jobs and careers.  The outcomes achieved through our AGSCSTARS articulation and general studies program are significant contributors to both of these efforts.

There is an intangible benefit of the AGSC in that it provides one of the few ways for administrators from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities to get together regularly, get to know each other, and work to achieve a common goal.  I truly cherish this opportunity and appreciate having gotten to know my valued colleagues on the committee.


Herbert Riedel, PhD
President of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College and  2018-2019 Chair, Articulation and General Studies Committee