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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, 121 South Carolina students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $8,910 each and a collective total of $1,087,018 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Saundra E. Carr, Academic Common Market Coordinator, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

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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 South Carolina: 78

Arkansas RCP Coordinator: Tanya Rogers, SREB Contract Program Coordinator, South Carolina Commission on Higher Learning.

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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.

South Carolina is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in South Carolina saved $5.6 million for initial authorization and save $1.6 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

South Carolina SARA Representative: Peggy Simons, Licensing Program Coordinator for Postsecondary Institution Licensing Academic Affairs, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

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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.​

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

South Carolina’s participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange coordinator: Mary (Mim) Armour, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

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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, five South Carolina institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Charleston Southern University: Andrea Meir, Dean 
Clemson University: Kathleen Valentine, Director
Medical University of South Carolina: Linda Weglicki, Dean
University of South Carolina – Aiken: Thayer McGahee, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee
University of South Carolina – Columbia: Jeannette Andrews, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Vice President

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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.​

South Carolina scholars since 1993: 132
South Carolina Scholars funded in 2018-19: 12
2018 Institute attendees from South Carolina: 33
Graduates since 1993: 91
Graduates currently employed: 82
Percent employed in education: 78

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

Clemson University
Medical University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Virginia

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Publication September 2019 | 20 pages

Shared-Time Technology Centers
A Study of Six State Funding Systems

Shared-Time Technology Centers: A Study of Six State Funding Systems. Special Report for the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force Southern Regional Education Board.  SREB.org. September 2019

Students need learning experiences connected with the world of work to equip them to enter the workforce and secure good jobs. This report provides an overview of funding for career and technical education and a detailed look at CTE funding models in Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia. Produced by SREB for the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force, it also offers considerations for actions to improve CTE.

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Arkansas, Alabama And Missouri Educators, South Carolina School Win National Readiness Awards
Leadership in preparing students for success in high school and after

Three educators and a South Carolina high school were honored this week with Southern Regional Education Board awards. These recognize outstanding teaching and leadership with SREB Readiness Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies. The winners were honored at SREB’s Readiness Courses Institute in Orlando, Florida.

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Schools Honored at the Making Schools Work Conference
2019 Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards

Ten schools were recognized at the Making Schools Work Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, for their efforts to increase quality instruction and raise student achievement.

The Gene Bottoms Pacesetter Awards recognize schools that implement one of SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement frameworks and are achieving success in increasing student graduation rates, readiness for college or careers, and credential attainment.

How did each each school achieved the award? Download the releases below for details.

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Goals for Education | Monitoring State Policies

Monitoring and reporting to assist education leaders and policymakers as they shape public policy. SREB tracks trends and analyzes the progress of all 16 SREB states in each area in the Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education and provides Legislative Reports that detail legislative and budget actions in each state.

SREB’s Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

College and Career Readiness

Readiness in State Accountability Systems

SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Acts into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

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In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

South Carolina’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

In October 2018, SREB staff presented information from the reports at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff. Five stakeholders from South Carolina attended.

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Three state education agency leaders from South Carolina participated.

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

South Carolina attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 4

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    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

    Technical Assistance

    From 2015-2018, SREB supported the development and implementation of South Carolina’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding school and district administrator trainings, developing online professional learning modules, and working with districts to create long-term professional learning strategies.

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Columbia in November 2018 to advise them on the development of their teacher evaluation system. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in January 2019 that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

    SREB staff met with Greenville County school district staff in November 2018. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in January 2019 that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of Greenville’s educator development strategy.

    Staff responded to two legislative requests related to teacher recruitment and retention, leadership development and school climate.

    convenings

    The state department sent representatives to SREB’s Sixth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in April 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning and teacher voice.

    Reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for South Carolina leaders over the past year:

    Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

    School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

    Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

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    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and  published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

    Postsecondary Education

    Affordability

    SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended policies and practices to keep college costs within reach of all students. In addition to Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    South Carolina’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 29 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 16 percent at public two-year colleges.

    SREB assisted South Carolina policy staff with requests for information on a range of postsecondary financial aid issues, student debt, dual enrollment, health fees and accreditation. 

    SREB.org/Affordability

    State Services

    Connects policymakers with custom information, presentations and assistance on education issues as they arise. Leaders in member states are encouraged to contact SREB for data, analysis and advice.

    SREB staff, including the President, visited South Carolina to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2018.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from South Carolina requested assistance on topics including school finance, school safety and climate, nursing shortages and accreditation.

    Meetings 

    South Carolina staff were among those from eight SREB states at the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    South Carolina legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

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    Publication June 201840 pages(18E03-SC)

    South Carolina: 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.

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    Interstate Cooperatives

    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 2018 — more than double the FY2017 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    South Carolina saved $155,759 on $1,574,900 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

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