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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, 64 Mississippi students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $13,621 each and a collective total of $871,720 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Venetria Moore, Office of Academic & Student Affairs, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning >

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.

Participating students from Mississippi in 2018-19: 34

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Mississippi programs in 2018-19: 20

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. For the 2018-19 academic year, Mississippi State University received $670,000 from other SREB states.

Mississippi RCP Coordinator: Jennifer Rogers, Director of Financial Aid, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. >

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.​  

Mississippi is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Mississippi saved $3 million for initial authorization and save $862,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Mississippi SARA representative: Menia Dykes, Director of Accreditation, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning >

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.​

Mississippi leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Mississippi: 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.

Mississippi’s participating agencies and their SREB-State Data Exchange coordinators: Mitzi Gendron, Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning; Raul Fletes, Mississippi Community College Board >

Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing

Helps expand and strengthen schools of nursing to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to educate the nation’s registered nurses. The Council surveys institutions for nursing education trends and shares online graduate nursing courses.

As of November 2018, eight Mississippi institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Alcorn State University: Debra Spring, Dean
Delta State University: Vicki Bingham, Dean
Hinds Community College: Elizabeth Mahaffey, Dean
Mississippi University for Women: Tammie McCoy, Dean
Pearl River Community College: Arlene Jones, Director
University of Mississippi Medical Center: Kim Hoover, Dean
University of Southern Mississippi: Kathleen Masters, Dean
William Carey University: Karen Sicard, Dean >

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.​​

Mississippi scholars since 1993: 76
Mississippi scholars funded in 2018-19: 8
2018 Institute attendees from Mississippi: 18
Graduates since 1993: 53
Graduates currently employed: 48
Percent employed in education: 83

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

Jackson State University
Louisiana State University
Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Tennessee – Knoxville >

Blog post Stephen L. PruittSREB President

Thank Goodness for Mississippi
Star NAEP Showing Follows a Long Commitment

4th Grade NAEP Reading, Percentage Scoring At or Above Proficient in Mississippi. MS18% (2005) 32% (2019); SREB 28% 2005, 32% (2019); US 30% 2005, 34% 2019)

“Thank goodness for Mississippi.”

It used to be that this was something you heard from people who were grateful that Mississippi kept their own states from the dubious honor of last place in education rankings. Those folks may not have noticed that, since 2005, Mississippi has been making steady gains.

And now, after Mississippi offered a rare bright spot on the Nation’s Report Card earlier this month, we have a new reason to be thankful for Mississippi: We can learn from their success.

Real progress takes time.

News SREB News Release

Mississippi, Arkansas Educators Win National Readiness Awards
Outstanding leadership in improving college readiness for high school students

Marla Davis, Mississippi Department of Education

Four educators were honored this week for their work to help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies. Mary Zluticky of Horn Lake High School in Mississippi, Phil Wesson of Sheridan High in Arkansas, and Marla Davis and Jean Massey of the Mississippi Department of Education won SREB awards.

News SREB News Release

Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee Educators Win National Readiness Awards
Preparing students for college-credit courses

Educators from Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, and schools in Arkansas and Mississippi, in were honored this week with the Southern Regional Education Board’s Readiness awards. These national awards recognize outstanding teachers and leaders offering SREB’s Readiness Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary programs without the need for remediation.


Mississippi: Readiness endorsement for teaching certificates
State news about SREB Readiness Courses

In the summer of 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education trained more than 200 teachers — more than 60 in Literacy Ready and 160 in Math Ready. To support these teachers, Mississippi created an SREB Ready endorsement. The state affixes an SREB Literacy Ready or SREB Math Ready endorsement to the certifications of teachers who complete the initial training and the online follow-up training.

Publication June 201840 pages(18E03-MS)

Mississippi: Looking Closer

Looking Closer is the eighth biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student achievement, high school graduation, college completion and workforce readiness.




Interstate Cooperatives

Educational Technology Cooperative

Membership group of state K-12 and higher education coordinating and governing boards that represent more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 school districts in SREB states. The ETC focuses member agencies and state policymakers on using technology wisely, helps states understand technology issues, and forms an action agenda for effectively using technology in their education. 

Mississippi representatives attended the spring and summer webinars. Mississippi sent two attendees to the 2018 annual meeting on teaching and technology.

Mississippi ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on the working groups for revisions. Eric Atchison of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning served as the team leader for the policy and compliance working group. Atchison also serves on the ETC executive committee, representing higher education.

Mississippi ETC representatives and member agency: 

Eric Atchison, Director of System Analysis, Research and Enrollment Management, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning

Ray Smith, Assistant Executive Director of Technology, Mississippi Community College Board >

Technology Purchasing Savings

Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $8.3 million on more than $83 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2017 — more than double the FY2017 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

Mississippi saved $123,664 on $1,250,385 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018. >