Topic: College Completion


College Completion

Creating jobs is a top priority in Southern states, and a better-educated workforce is an important strategy. Helping states with policy and practice to improve postsecondary completion is central to SREB’s mission. 

The goal: a higher percentage of state residents who hold college degrees or certificates

Publication June 202034 pages

Dual Enrollment Research
A Comprehensive Review

Part of the ongoing work of SREB’s Dual Enrollment Initiative, this comprehensive review is intended to help policymakers better understand what the research tells us (and what it doesn’t) about dual enrollment. The research analyzes more than 500 journal articles, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, web documents and books from 1959 to 2019.



Publication September 2019 | 8 pages
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Workforce-Driven Financial Aid: Policies and Strategies
Essential Elements of State Policy For College Completion

The rapidly evolving workplace has created a shortage of skilled and educated workers in many fields, leaving essential jobs unfilled and millions of adults unqualified for them. This policy brief summarizes statewide strategies to support financial assistance for students in programs designed to address workforce needs. It includes suggestions for states that are evaluating, or considering creating, workforce-driven financial aid policies.



Postsecondary Attainment Goals
in SREB States

State 2019
Attainment Level
Goal By
Alabama 45.1% Add 500,000 high-skilled employees  2025
Arkansas 43.6% 60% 2025
Delaware 47.9% none none
Florida 52.8% 55% 2025
Georgia 52.8% 60% 2025
Kentucky 49.4% 60% 2030
Louisiana 48.1% 60% 2030
Maryland 55.9% 55% 2025
Mississippi 44.4% Reach the national attainment level average 2025
North Carolina 52.1% Ensure that 2 million, age 25 to 44, have earned a postsecondary degree or credential 2030
Oklahoma 46.5% 70% 2025
South Carolina 47.6% 60% 2025
Tennessee 46.8% 55% 2025
Texas 47.9% 60% of adults ages 25-34 2030
Virginia 57.4% 70% 2030
West Virginia 42.6% 60% 2030

Publication February 201545 pages(15C02)
Report cover: Community Colleges in the South

Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways
Report of the SREB Commission on Community Colleges

The full report of SREB’s Community College Commission offers 21 recommendations for states and community colleges. It presents findings on readiness, placement, math standards and structurally guided pathways to help students clearly see entry, exit and re-entry points to continue their education. Recommendations ask states to commit increased funding and hold colleges accountable for improving student services and completion. The goal: increase college access and success so more students earn postsecondary credentials and enter careers in demand in their communities.