Budget Cuts Threaten Alabama College Transfer Program

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Dothan, Ala. The chancellor of Alabama's community college system says he hopes budget cuts don't lead to the collapse of a program that helps community college students transfer credits to four-year institutions.

The Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System helps ensure that community college students' core credits transfer to specific degree programs at four-year schools.

The Dothan Eagle reports the program once had a budget of $1.2 million, eight full time staffers and four part-time workers. Now, it has a budget of $375,000, two full-time employees and one part time worker.

Chancellor Mark Heinrich says the cuts make the program's mission nearly unsustainable.

Alabama Community College System officials say the STARS program has saved students about $1 billion in tuition, books and room and board since it was launched in 1994.