Who can participate in STAR?

State-funded full- and part-time employees, both exempt (salaried) and non-exempt (paid hourly), of the College of Arts and Sciences may participate in STAR.

Employees whose positions are grant-funded are non-state-funded employees and should consult their department chairs or directors to find out if they are STAR-eligible.

What counts for STAR credit?

A wide range of activities and events are eligible for STAR credit — the key to eligibility is that the activity or event must be designed to enhance work-related skills or knowledge relevant to your job in the College of Arts and Sciences. Following are examples of ways you can earn STAR hours:

What doesn’t count for STAR credit?

  • Routine meetings such as staff meetings
  • Department retreats
  • Academic courses taken for credit
  • New staff orientation
  • Job fairs, health fairs, and the like (except those specifically recommended via email by the Dean’s Office)
  • HR-sponsored sessions on retirement planning (e.g., TIAA-CREF), benefits, and other non-work-related topics
  • WellBama and similar programs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)