Below you will find links to various education-related websites.  If you are familiar with these organizations and do not wish to scroll through the descriptions below to find the entity you are looking for, you may click here to go to a page that just provides the links.

Academic Common Market (ACM)
The purpose of the Academic Common Market is to share between states specified academic degree programs located at southern public colleges and universities. This is accomplished through an exchange of students across borders at in-state rates.  This is a Southern Regional Education Board sponsored program.

American College Testing Program (ACT)
ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development.

Alabama Administrative Code
The Alabama Administrative Code is published by the Legislative Reference Service pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 41-2--7 of the Code of Alabama 1975. The Alabama Administrative Code is a compilation of the rules of all state agencies covered by the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act.

Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) / Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS)
AGSC was created in March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202. The act states four specific charges of the committee:  1) develop a statewide freshman- and sophomore-level general studies curriculum to be taken at all public colleges and universities; 2) develop and adopt by a statewide articulation agreement for the freshman and sophomore years for the transfer of credit among all public institutions of higher education in Alabama; 3) examine the need for a uniform course numbering system, course titles, and course descriptions; and 4) resolve problems in the administration or interpretation of the articulation agreement of the general studies curriculum.

The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama.

Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
AAICU’s mission is to increase public understanding of the unique contribution independent colleges make to the life of our state and to ensure that the independent sector of higher education continues to thrive in Alabama.

Alabama Career Information Network
A collaborate website for students, parents and counselors with info on career planning, financial aid and higher education. The Alabama Department of Education, Career Technical Education section, created this website as part of the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP). The purpose of the CACGP is to foster partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and philanthropic organizations through matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Alabama Community College System (ACS)
The Alabama Community College System (public two-year colleges) provides a unified system of academic college education, technical education, customized business and industry training, workforce development and adult education. 

Alabama Council of Graduate Deans
The primary purpose of the Council is to advise the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on matters pertaining to graduate programs.

Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL)
The Labor Department provides Labor Market Information, Employment Services to help find jobs in Alabama, etc.

Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education (ADPE)
The ADPE has direct responsibility to the State Board of Education for the direction and supervision of educational programs and services provided by The Alabama Community College System. The Department provides leadership, service, and regulatory functions for the member institutions of The Alabama Community College System to ensure educational accessibility, excellence, and equity for all citizens of Alabama

Alabama College Counts 529 Fund
The College Counts 529 Fund offers tax advantages including tax-deferred growth and tax-free withdrawals for qualified college expenses. In addition, Alabama taxpayers are eligible for a state income tax deduction of up to $5,000 per individual ($10,000 if married filing jointly). Over time, these tax advantages, along with your investment dollars, can help provide additional savings for college.

Alabama Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
The ALESPCoR is a family of competitive, merit-based programs supported by the State of Alabama and primarily funded by federal funds from NSF, NASA, DOE, and USDA. Each program represents a federal-state-industrial partnership formed to enhance the science and engineering research, education and technology capabilities of Alabama.

The ALEPSCoR Steering Committee is responsible for oversight of the fiscal and programmatic aspects of ALEPSCoR. Steering Committee Members include the Vice Presidents for Research from the seven Ph.D. granting research institutions (AAMU, AU, TU, UA, UAB, UAH, and USA), as well as, a representative from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Alabama Higher Education Partnership
The Alabama Higher Education Partnership is a consortium of fifteen public universities whose mission is to advocate the importance of higher education in bettering the lives of people in Alabama.

Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute (AIDT)
The mission of AIDT is to provide quality workforce development for Alabama's new and existing industries, and to expand the opportunities of its citizens through the jobs these industries create.

Alabama Legislative Information System Online (ALISON)
This site will allow you to access copies of bills, amendments and substitutes, as well as to obtain final bill status.

Alabama Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL)
The purpose of NAAL shall be to coordinate the collective resources of academic libraries to enhance graduate education and research. NAAL is an unincorporated consortium of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and eligible academic institutions of higher education offering graduate education. Both publicly-funded and privately-supported institutions offering graduate education may serve as general members. In addition, other academic institutions offering graduate education and research libraries not affiliated with educational institutions may join as nonvoting cooperative members.

Alabama State Department of Education (ASDE)
Homepage for the Alabama State Department of Education

Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)
The AVL provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research.

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The Association represents more than 1,100 associate degree-granting institutions and some 10 million students.

American Council on Education (ACE)
ACE seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.  Its members include approximately 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations, and corporations.

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States, Canada, and England.

Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB)
The goal of AGB is to advance the practice of citizen trusteeship and help ensure the quality and success of our nation’s colleges and universities by providing university and college presidents, board chairs and individual trustees of both public and private institutions with the resources they need to enhance their effectiveness.

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is a professional association of more than 3,100 institutional researchers, planners, and decision-makers from higher education institutions around the world. AIR exists to benefit its members and help advance research that will improve the understanding, planning, and operation of higher education institutions.

Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly periodical, is the academic world's No. 1 source of news and information.

Code of Alabama
This site will provide you access to a compilation of the codified statutes of Alabama.  The Alabama Commission on Higher Education’s section can be found in Title 16, Section 5.

College Board (Scholastic Assessment Test or SAT)
The College Board's mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,500 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves over three million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).

Commission on Colleges (COC) – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees.

Council of University Chief Academic Officers
The CUCAO is comprised of provosts and vice presidents for Academic Affairs of the 14 public universities in the state of Alabama. The purposes of this Council shall be: To serve in advisory capacity on academic policies and issues to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Council of Presidents. To recommend approaches that would improve the quality of higher education in the State of Alabama through facilitation of cooperation among all institutions of higher education in the state. To recommend to the Council of Presidents and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education policies, studies, and research related to academic programs and practices. To review and comment on all academic long-range plans for higher education in Alabama.

Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is a totally private, non-profit organization committed to helping Alabama realize its full economic development potential. The Partnership is supported by 69 leading companies that are committed to the state's long-term economic growth.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.

Education Commission of the States (ECS)
ECS is an interstate compact on education with the goal of providing a mechanism for improving and strengthening education policy and policymaking at the state level.

Executive Budget Office (EBO) – State of Alabama
The Executive Budget Office (EBO) is a division of the state's Department of Finance and is operated under the direction of the Assistant Finance Director for Fiscal Operations. The mission of the EBO is to effectively prepare the Governor's budget proposal, properly administer and supervise the execution of legislative appropriations, estimate revenues for budget preparation and administration, and assist in the drafting of appropriation bills.

General Educational Development Testing Service (GED)
The GED Tests measure your knowledge and academic skills against those of today’s traditional high school graduates.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
IPEDS, established as the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education.

Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) – State of Alabama
The LFO is a nonpartisan office established to provide independent, accurate and objective information to members of the Alabama House of Representatives and Alabama Senate with respect to historical, current, projected and proposed appropriations, expenditures, taxes and revenue, as well as any other information requested.

Minority Doctoral Program – Southern Regional Education Board
The Southern Regional Education Board's State Doctoral Scholars Program was developed with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Ford Foundation. It is part of a nationwide initiative, the Compact for Faculty Diversity, to produce more minority Ph.D.s and to encourage them to seek faculty positions.

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
NACUBO serves a membership of more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers across the country. NACUBO represents chief administrative and financial officers through a collaboration of knowledge and professional development,advocacy, and community

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
NASFAA supports financial aid professionals at colleges, universities, and career schools. NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and professional development for financial aid administrators.

National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
CHEMS is a private nonprofit (501)(c)(3)organization whose mission is to assist colleges and universities as they improve their management capability. 

National Postsecondary Education Cooperative
NPEC's is a voluntary partnership of postsecondary institutions, associations, government agencies, and organizations.  Its mission is to promote the quality, comparability and utility of postsecondary data and information that support policy development at the federal, state, and institution levels.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
The mission of the Society for College and University Planning is to provide higher education professionals with planning knowledge, resources, and connections to achieve institutional goals.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
SACSCOC accredits more that 12,000 public and private educational institutions, from prekindergarten through university level, in 11 states in the Southeastern U.S. and in Latin America.  SACSCOC is one of six regional accrediting organizations in the U.S. recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR)
The Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) is dedicated to the advancement of research leading to improved understanding, planning, and operation of institutions of post-secondary education.  SAIR provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in the field of institutional research.  In addition, SAIR promotes the continued professional development of individuals engaging in institutional research and fosters the unity and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to research. 

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
The SREB was the nation’s first interstate compact for education.  The SREB was created to provide specific services to member states, to create ways to share resources, and to enable states to achieve together educational programs and improvements that would be impossible or financially impractical for a single state.

The SREB Regional Contract Program offers students pursuing professional health degrees admission to schools in other states for the price of in-state tuition and fees at public institutions and for reduced tuition at private institutions. The program helps students in the fields of dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine and osteopathic medicine.

State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
SHEEO's current members are the chief executive officers serving 26 statewide governing boards and 30 statewide coordinating boards of higher education. Its goal is to assist its members and the states in developing and sustaining excellent systems of higher education.

A Transition Toolbox  found at has been developed online to provide a way for young adults with disabilities, their parents, and professionals to find resources in their area and to share information. 

State of Alabama Official Website
Official website for the State of Alabama

United States Department of Education (USDE)
Official website for the United States Department of Education

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