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What every JDCC student should know about STARS!

Just some general stuff...
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Keith Sessions

on 4 August 2015

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Transcript of What every JDCC student should know about STARS!

What every
JDCC
student needs to know about
STARS
...

ACT 202-1994

Area V

FAQs
Transferring
The Guide
Background
If you think you
may transfer...
www.gettheguide.net
So what if I want
to transfer out-of-state?
Why are ALL majors not included on STARS?
Do I have to take
ALL of the classes listed on
the
STARS Guide
?
STARS
was created by STATE LAW in March of 1994!

Two-Year Students
in Alabama had
no protection...
Students across state were losing credit when transferring.
Late 1980s & Early 1990s...
NO GUARANTEE
OF TRANSER CREDIT....
THE GUIDE...
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. Although transfer guides/agreements can only be printed for two-year to four-year transfers in Alabama, the STARS system can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.
go here...
....on the guide
you will see references to
AREA V
pages...
AREA V pages are like a "rider" on an insurance policy... they give you some additional info and coverage.
WHAT ARE THEY???
So, you are considering attending
JDCC
!
If so, you need to know about the
STARS
TRANSFER
GUIDE and what it can save you credits, time, and money!

GET THE GUIDE!
0ne 4 year
institution would
take a course while another would not!
Very frustrating for
students, parents, and
counselors!
THE PR0BLEM!
THIS PROBLEM LED TO
MISINFORMED STUDENTS, IRRATE PARENTS, & WASTED
TIME & MONEY!
So, what is
STARS
? How does it help
transfer students
?
STARS stands for
Statewide Transfer & Articulation
Reporting System. STARS is a
web-accessible database system
which provides guidance
and direction for prospective
transfer students in the State of Alabama...
Two-Year Students
obtain state-approved
TRANSFER GUIDES
WHAT ARE
TRANSFER GUIDES?
click on...
GET THE GUIDE - START HERE!
For STEP-BY-STEP
Instructions...
See "How to Use
STARS
"
on our website.
THE GUIDE has FIVE main sections (AREAs) ....
let's take a look
at each...
AREA I - WRITTEN COMPOSITION (6 SH)
AREA II - FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES (12 SH)
AREA III - MATH & SCIENCE (11 SH)
AREA IV - SOCIAL SCIENCES (12 SH)
AREA V - PRE-MAJOR or PRE-PROFESSIONAL (19-23 SH)
NOTE: For all engineering majors, the hour requirements in Area II were reduced from 12 SH to 9 SH. The hours in Area IV were reduced from 12 SH to 9 SH. This reduction allowed for additional hours (6 semester hours) to be added to Area V for engineering majors so that required math and science courses could be taken prior to transfer that would meet national engineering accreditation standards (ABET).
ENGINEERING MAJORS...
LET'S TALK A LITTLE
MORE ABOUT
AREA V...
... web pages maintained by each individual public four-year institution in Alabama. The primary purpose of AREA V pages is to provide transfer students with additional information about transfer coursework that can be taken at the two-year institutions to complete the AREA V requirements not covered on the official STARS Transfer Guide.



AREA V
pages are...


Admissions Requirements
Admission Application
Tuition/Fee Costs
Financial Aid Assistance and Information
Links to major specific AREA V Pages
Scholarship Information
Advising Information
Current Bulletin/Catalog
Links to Various Departments/Colleges




AREA V
pages
also include info about...

LINKS to the AREA V
pages are provided
at the bottom of each
STARS Transfer Guide!
GET THE GUIDE!
Also check out
our
TRANSFER
STUDENT
SURVIVAL GUIDE
online!
THINGS
ALL TRANSFER
STUDENTS
SHOULD DO!
To Do list...
1. Decide on a major and try to stick with it.
2. GET THE GUIDE…
3. Go over the guide with your advisor/counselor.
4. Keep a copy in a safe place.
5. If you change majors, GET A NEW GUIDE.
6. Start planning your transfer early in your sophomore year.
7. Go visit prospective four-year institutions - take your GUIDE and copies of transcripts with you.
8. Take your grades seriously - you may follow the guide, but it will not guarantee admission into competitive programs.
9. Find a mentor. Don't be afraid to seek advice from older/wiser people!
10. Contact STARS office if you have questions or problems. 334-670-3690

10
www.stars.troy.edu/survial_guide.html
Why is
STARS
only for Public Universities in Alabama?
Hold on
...we are not quite finished...

LET'S GO OVER A FEW

FAQs

The STARS Program was created by a State of Alabama Legislative Act to simplify the transfer process among
our state-funded two-year and four-year institutions. Therefore, all the funding for the program goes to support this mission. 0ne of the desired outcomes of the STARS Program was encourage students who start their college careers in Alabama to transfer and complete their degrees in-state. As a result, the STARS Program does not cover transfer out-of-state.
Students attending JDCC may often choose to attend a school Florida or Mississippi (like the University of West Florida). This is understandable. What we suggest is that you talk with a JDCC advisor about the University or College in Florida (or other states) that you are interested in. Make sure you take exactly what they advise you to take.

Sorry we cannot provide this information through STARS.
NO, The STARS Guide simply lays out approximately two-years of course work that you could take in your major. You do not have to take all the courses listed, but you will eventually have to have about 60 SH to obtain an AS degree and 120 or more to obtain your BS. It is not recommended that you choose courses not listed on your guide. We do recommend that you complete sequences at JDCC or at your four-year institution. Also, pre-requisites are important. You may have to complete certain courses as a freshman or sophomore before you can take upper-level courses.
The STARS Office is constantly adding
new programs and taking old ones off the system. If you find a major that is not listed on STARS, use our "Contact Page" on the STARS website and let us know the name of the major
and the school who you believe offers it. We will check on it and see if we can start to build a transfer guide for that program.

NOTE: Sometimes, majors are actually "concentrations" within another major. For example, "Graphic Arts" may be a
concentration in the "Art" major. There is no possible way we could build and maintain guides for every concentration offered in the state.
Why are classes
listed on the
STARS
guide which are
not offered at
JDCC
?
The STARS Guide lists all the courses that have been approved that COULD be offered by JDCC or any other two-year college in Alabama. JDCC may not offer a specific course, but Wallace Dothan might?!? JDCC Students could take a course via distance ed or as a transient student and still be protected if that course is listed on their guide.

In addition, some guides require very specific type courses that may require instructors with certain backgrounds and expertise. At times, JDCC may not have a qualified instructor who can teach that course.
Have more questions?

SEE our FAQs page on the
STARS
website...
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STARS...
Talk with your advisor or visit
the official AGSC/STARS website at
www.getheguide.net!
Thank you for considering JDCC!
Questions?
Can students obtain
STARS Guides
to assist in the transfer to a private college or university in Alabama?
You cannot obtain an official
STARS Transfer Guide to a private college or university in Alabama.

HOWEVER!! The Alabama Community College System has created similar transfer guides that
two-year students can print and follow that will protect them if
they are interested in transferring
to a private college or university
in Alabama.
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