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Academic Common Market

Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college. Pay in-state tuition rates.

Is a degree program you’d like to pursue not available in your state? Is out-of state tuition a barrier to a major offered at a college in another state? 

You’re in the right place. For more than 35 years, SREB’s Academic Common Market has enabled students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at in-state tuition rates, through agreements among the states and colleges and universities.

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SARA Return on Investment in SREB States
Saving Time and Money, Broadening Online Offerings

Colleges and universities in the SREB region save about $30 million annually by participating in SARA, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. SARA, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, is a nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease regulatory burdens on institutions. SREB compact states may participate to offer distance education activities in other states. 

 

Initial Authorization
Savings (estimated)

Annual Renewal
Savings (estimated)
Alabama $   6,396,800 $ 1,789,600
Arkansas $   2,575,200 $    767,400
Delaware $      603,800 $    160,400
Florida $ 12,208,000 $ 3,357,200
Georgia $   7,652,500 $ 2,227,000
Kentucky $   8,101,000 $ 2,381,700
Louisiana $   3,147,000 $    893,400
Maryland $   4,490,000 $ 1,250,000
Mississippi $   3,027,750 $    862,250
North Carolina $ 11,092,000 $ 3,185,600
Oklahoma $   2,701,600 $    783,200
South Carolina $   5,555,200 $ 1,588,800
Tennessee $   8,904,800 $ 2,577,600
Texas $ 11,063,587 $ 3,034,175
Virginia $   6,699,900 $ 1,907,100
West Virginia $   2,479,550 $    755,350

For the purposes of SARA, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands affiliate through SREB.

  Initial Authorization
Savings (estimated)
Annual Renewal
Savings (estimated)
Pennsylvania $10,420,200 $3,352,200
Puerto Rico joined after the study joined after the study
Virgin Islands $       63,000 $     22,000
Washington, D.C. $  2,635,500 $   797,500

NCHEMS study and methodology 

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Puerto Rico Joins Distance Ed Agreement

SARA collaboration among states expands online options for students, reduces costs for institutions

Puerto Rico was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

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Texas Surpasses 100 SARA-Approved Institutions

Pie chart of SARA Institutions by region: 44% in SREB, 32% in MHEC, 13% in WICHE, and 10% in NEBHE

“Texas is always happy to be the first; especially in initiatives that are good for both students and institutions,” said Rex Peebles, assistant commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. As the 48 states and territories in SARA work towards getting institutions SARA-approved, Texas announced that it is the first state to reach 100 institutions approved. Pennsylvania at 93 institutions, and Illinois at 84, remain a close second and third.

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Florida Joins Distance Ed Agreement

SARA collaboration among states expands online options for students, reduces costs for institutions

The state of Florida was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Publication 201316 pages(13T02W)

Confessions of the NOTYs: How Technology Helps Teachers Succeed

Winners and finalists of the SREB/iNACOL National Online Teachers of the Year award share ways to integrate technology into the classroom to engage students. Benefits include connecting with each student as an individual; differentiating instruction; and increasing access to courses. The teachers say teacher preparation programs should introduce online strategies and that states need strong accountability measures to ensure high quality courses.

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