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Senator Janet D. Howell of Reston serves on the Council by virtue of being a legislative member of the Board. Senator Jennifer L. McClellan of Richmond is a gubernatorial appointee and the Council’s current vice chair.
Senator Mamie E. Locke of Hampton and Delegate David L. Bulova of Fairfax are gubernatorial appointees to the Council.


Postsecondary Education

Academic Common Market

A tuition-savings program for college students in SREB member states who want to pursue degrees not offered by in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the in-state tuition rates.

During calendar year 2017, 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and 3,355 new students were certified for study.

In 2017, 14 Oklahoma students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $37,579 each and a collective total of $526,105 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Jenny Wood, ACM Coordinator, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education >

Regional Contract Program

Gives students the opportunity to earn a professional health degree from participating institutions in other states through in-state tuition rates at public institutions or reduced tuition at private institutions. More than 600 students participate each year.

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Oklahoma programs in 2018-19: 13

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Northeastern State University Oklahoma School of Optometry, Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Science and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry. In 2018-19, these Oklahoma institutions received approximately $284,000 from other SREB states. >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt-in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.​

Oklahoma is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Oklahoma saved $2.7 million for initial authorization and save $783,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Oklahoma SARA representative: Kyle Foster, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. >

Fact Book and Data Exchange

Fact Book

The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is a compilation of comparative data on topics including demographics; college enrollment, retention, progression and graduation; tuition and fees; student financial aid; state support for postsecondary education; and faculty salaries. The Fact Book is published bi-annually, but the data are updated annually and made available on the SREB website.​

Oklahoma leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Oklahoma: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education.

SREB-State Data Exchange

An annual collection of postsecondary education data that are submitted by representatives (i.e., Data Exchange coordinators) of postsecondary education system offices. The data collected include degrees conferred, student retention and progression, time to degree, student credit hours taken by high school students and by college students in courses using distance education technology, state funding for postsecondary education, and tuition and fees.

SREB State Data Exchange tables are posted on the SREB website.

Oklahoma’s Participating Agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: 

Cindy Poulton, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Niki Burch, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education >

Doctoral Scholars Program

Supports minority students to help them earn Ph.D.s, begin careers at colleges and universities, and diversify campus faculties. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.​​​

Oklahoma scholars since 1993: 34
Oklahoma scholars funded in 2018-19: 4
2018 Institute attendees from Oklahoma: 12
Graduates since 1993: 20
Graduates currently employed: 18
Percent employed in education: 78

Oklahoma Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:

Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Portland State University
University of New Mexico
University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
University of Tulsa >



Nancy Tate of Brandenburg serves on the Council by virtue of being a legislative member of the Board. Representative John “Bam” Carney of Campbellsville serves on the Council by virtue of being a legislative member of the Board and is the Council’s current chair.


How to Register

Registrations for the 2020 Making Schools Work Conference are accepted online. Sign up to be notified when our registration system goes live.

All conference events will be held July 7-10, 2020, in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Your registration fee includes admission to all conference sessions and the exhibit hall, coffee and refreshment breaks, and hot lunches on Wednesday and Thursday. Optional industry tours and special events carry a separate fee for attendees and their spouses/guests, as described below.

Registration Options Register By Date Price
Early Bird Pricing – Full Conference April 1 $395 $445
Regular Pricing – Full Conference July 6 $425 $475
Onsite Registration Pricing – Full Conference July 7-10 $450 $500
One-Day Conference Registration - $200 $225
Spouse/Guest (includes exhibit hall, coffee and refreshment breaks, and lunch ONLY) - $100 $100
Industry Tours** - $25+ $25+
Tuesday State Networking Lunch - $25 $25
Thursday Reception and Celebration at Mardi Gras World – Includes Float Den Tour - $30 $30

* Network states currently include Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. [Note. This list is subject to change.]

** Industry tour pricing varies by tour site. Learn more.

Pay by Credit Card

To pay by credit card, you must register online. We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover.

Pay With Checks or Purchase Orders

If you are paying by check or purchase order, please send payment to:

James Lew
Southern Regional Education Board
Attn: Making Schools Work Conference Registration
592 10th St NW
Atlanta GA 30318-5776

Cancellations and Refunds

Please submit cancellation and refund requests to us by June 12, 2020. All cancellations received after this date will incur a $100 cancellation fee per canceled attendee; refund requests will be accepted for emergency situations only.

Justify Your Attendance

We can help you share the importance of your conference attendance with others! Our Justify Your Attendance guide includes a sample letter, talking points, conference benefits, registration and hotel information, and more.

Have Questions?

Check out our FAQ! You can also email us – we’ll be glad to help.

Communications Permission and Release

Registration for an SREB conference, event or training session constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SREB’s permission to record, videotape and photograph their images or voices and to use, reproduce, publish and display their names, photographs, video images or quoted material in any format or media including, without limitation, printed and electronic publications and materials, press releases, webpages, internet publications and other publications, materials, information and communications, at its discretion, for purposes consistent with its mission and nonprofit status. By registering, participants agree that they are not entitled to receive, and waive any right to, compensation for any such use of their images or voices. Participants who wish to opt out should notify SREB conference, event or training session staff.


Frequently Asked Questions
SREB DSP Application Process


What should I do if my university is not listed under a participating state? 

If your university is a public state school that is not listed, please let us know. An oversight could have occurred for many reasons, or there could be a special circumstance. 




Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas, Little Rock, ex officio (2023) Chair of the SREB Board

Joyce Elliott, State Senator, Little Rock (2020) 

Bill Gossage, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, Little Rock (2022)

Lori Griffin, Principal, Ballman Elementary School, Fort Smith (2021)

Teresa Inman, District Instructional Technology Coordinator, Paris (2023)



Representative Mark White of Memphis serves on the Council by virtue of being a legislative member of the Board.
Senator Ferrell Haile of Gallatin and Representatives John DeBerry of Memphis and Bill Dunn of Knoxville are gubernatorial appointees to the Council.