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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.

Publication Crystal Collins, Marilyn Thomas200840 pages(08E05)

Set for Success
Improving Reading and Mathematics Achievement in the Early Grades

This report documents the continued progress of SREB states in preparing early grades students for success in the middle grades and beyond. It analyzes scores on state assessments and the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) and relates what states are doing to improve early grades reading instruction. It also presents intervention policies in SREB states and effective ways to meet the needs of students not yet achieving at grade level.

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Publication September 2019 | 8 pages

Workforce-Driven Financial Aid: Policies and Strategies
Essential Elements of State Policy For College Completion

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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.

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

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 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.
 

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FALs Yield High Dividends

Debbie Blankenship

Jeanne Glover, math specialist at the Jonesboro Public Schools district in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was trained in the Mathematics Design Collaborative during the 2013-14 school year with SREB math consultant Amanda Merritt. Glover believes the MDC tools fit well with her K-12 mathematics vision for the district.

So Debbie Blankenship, math teacher at Douglas MacArthur Junior High School, joined two other district teachers for initial MDC training in May 2014.

Blog post Meagan Crowe SREB Policy Analyst

Effective Adult Education Programs: A Challenge for States

States face an uphill battle in meeting the needs of adult learners, especially at a time when technology is advancing rapidly. Adults can turn to adult education programs to improve their skills, but enrollments have fallen in recent years.

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Who is the Adult Learner?

Adult learners are a diverse group – typically age 25 and older –  with a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds, adult responsibilities and job experiences. They typically do not follow the traditional pattern of enrolling in postsecondary education immediately after high school.