Education Level: Postsecondary



A credential of value after high school is an imperative in today’s workforce. States and postsecondary institutions must enroll more students, make college affordable, and focus policy and practice on helping more students complete degrees.

Publication April 2021

Student and Faculty Diversity in SREB States
State Profiles

While the college student population and the country as a whole grow increasingly diverse, the race and ethnicity of higher education faculty do not reflect that reality.  These profiles detail data, for each SREB state and the Southern region, at two- and four-year institutions and at different degree levels


The Cost of OER and Return on Investment
Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment

August 18, 2021
11 am Eastern
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This session will help decision-makers on all levels — state, higher education institutions and K12 schools and districts — better understand the perceived costs of open educational resources, cost-savings, and the return on investments.

This session is part of SREB’s Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment webinar series.


Equitable Access and College Affordability
Open Education Resources in Dual Enrollment

This webinar will explore how the use of open educational resources in dual enrollment can open pathways to postsecondary education for minority and low-income students. The session will cover increasing equitable access to postsecondary education and making college more affordable, along with learning solutions.

This session is part of SREB’s Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment webinar series.

Publication February 20213 pages

Student Debt Stifles Faculty Diversity
Comparing Debt Burdens in SREB's Doctoral Scholars Program and Nationwide

Student debt disproportionately affects students of color and could contribute to a lack of diversity among college faculty. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program aims to reduce this barrier by providing financial support for its participants. This brief presents findings from a survey of Doctoral Scholar Program alumni compared with data collected from a national survey to provide insight on the impact of program participation on student debt burden. 


Publication January 20215 pages

College Affordability in the SREB Region
Early Impacts of the Pandemic

Making college more affordable for families has been a critical issue for states in the SREB region for many years. Now the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have created additional barriers to college affordability. This brief provides an overview of college affordability in the SREB region based on data from the 2017-2018 academic year. The report explores the impact of the pandemic on enrollment and access, state budgets, higher education budgets and other factors that contribute to college affordability.


Publication January 202112 pages
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Now Is the Time to Focus on Faculty Diversity

The recent reckoning with racial injustice that has occurred across the United States offers an ideal opportunity for state leaders and universities to address the lack of diversity among college faculty and increase their commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. This report offers four recommendations for increasing faculty diversity based on SREB’s 30 years of research and work with this issue.


Publication June 20208 pages (20T01)

Integrated Data Systems and Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

This policy brief explores up-to-date information on how data systems and predictive analytics work in tandem to provide colleges and universities the data necessary to map out the future. Through aligned data systems and data definitions, higher education entities can make better data-based decisions and gain substantial returns on investments.


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.



News SREB News Release
Dual Enrollment Research: A Comprehensive Review. Dual definitions lead to confusion. Programs vary widely. Correlation does not prove cause.

Data, Definitions Limit What We Know About Dual Enrollment
SREB publishes comprehensive review of research

States need better data to measure whether dual enrollment programs are realizing their promise, says a review of existing research published by the Southern Regional Education Board this week.

To determine return on investment and improve dual credit programs, states will need to clarify their goals, be sure policies support them, and collect data that connects students’ K-12 and postsecondary experiences.

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Nija Simmons, an African American college student parent stands holding a paper and presents to her class

How colleges can better serve student-parents
One in five U.S. undergraduates now raising children

More of today’s college students are raising children while in school, and they’re a larger, faster-growing group than many colleges institutions and policymakers realize.

Nicole Lynn Lewis, the founder and CEO of Generation Hope, joined SREB for a webinar on June 11 to discuss how institutions can build and strengthen support for student-parents. Her organization assists teenage parents—men and women—who attend college in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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.


Publication June 2019214 pages(19E04)Susan LounsburyChristiana Datubo-Brown

2019 SREB Fact Book on Higher Education

The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education includes data on the population and economy, enrollment, degrees, student tuition and financial aid, faculty and administrators, revenue and expenditures. With more than 100 tables of detailed information, the Fact Book is one of the nation’s most respected and most comprehensive collections of comparative data on higher education.

2019 SREB Fact Book on Higher Education

News SREB News Release
Undergraduate Enrollment by Race and Ethnicity, SREB Region. 2012: White 56% Black 23% Hispanic 15% All other 6%. 2017: White 52% Black 20% Hispanic 19% All other 9%.

Postsecondary Trends Threaten Workforce Needs
Fact Book Documents Challenges to Education Attainment Goals

Postsecondary attainment continues a slow climb in the South, according to the 2019 Fact Book on Higher Education.
Population and college enrollment trends are beginning to slow at a time when advancing technology and artificial intelligence are shifting the workplace to demand higher-level skills. And affordability remains a stubborn challenge to students and families and to states trying raise state education attainment levels to grow their economies.

Publication October 2016 | 32 pages | (16E10)
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Shared Responsibility for College Affordability

Report of the SREB Commission on College Affordability in the South

The Commission offers eight policy recommendations for affordability, grounded in a shared responsibility model where states, families, colleges and the federal government each play a role. The report charts trends and data on educational attainment, workforce needs, student diversity, family income, student debt, higher ed funding, tuition, net price, financial aid and more. An appendix offers questions to help states begin reviews of their policies and practices. 


Publication October 2016 | 16 pages | 16E09

The Right Direction: Elements of Effective Mentoring

Effective mentorship requires many talents. In profiles of Mentor of the Year winners at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, this publication highlights eight qualities mentors and and their mentees identified as important components of their relationships.

Publication July 2016 | 3 pages

A Statewide Framework
College Affordability Policy and Practice Review

The SREB Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended that states review affordability policies for capacity to make postsecondary education more affordable for students and families. This framework outlines, in checklist form, questions to guide the review. Questions cover governance, aligning policies toward affordability, tuition policy, need-based student financial aid, student debt, investing in innovation, and shared responsibility among states, agencies, institutions and families.


Blog post September 2015 Commission meeting

Part-Time Students = 38% of Undergrads
Affordability Commission focuses on needs of adult and part-time students

Part-time college students made up 38 percent of undergraduates in SREB states by 2013. Many part-time students work to pay their living expenses as well as tuition, and the more hours they work, the longer it takes them to finish, on average. Part-timers are eligible for less financial aid, and they tend to file later, missing early deadlines.

Publication February 201545 pages(15C02)
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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.




Publication Gene Bottoms Kirsten E. Sundell April 2015 | (15V08)

Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States

SREB’s Commission on Career and Technical Education offered eight actions states can take to build rigorous, relevant career pathways. Supported by policies and practices described in the report, these actions can help states increase the percentage of young adults earning valuable industry and postsecondary credentials.

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Promising Affordability Practices in Oklahoma, Tennessee
What the research tells us

SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South convened in New Orleans in December 2014 for its second meeting to focus state policies on increasing the students’ ability to pay for and complete college. Members learned what the research tells us about affordability’s effects on enrollment and completion and heard about promising practices in two states, Oklahoma and Tennessee.