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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, 63 West Virginia students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $14,606 each and a collective total of $978,585 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Nikki Bryant, Compliance Officer for Authorization and Proprietary School Programs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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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.

West Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in West Virginia saved $2.5 million for initial authorization and save $750,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

West Virginia SARA representative: Nikki Bryant, Compliance Officer for Authorization and Proprietary School Programs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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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.​

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

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

Jeannie Reed, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Adam Canter, West Virginia Department of 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, one West Virginia institution is a member, listed here with its representative to the Council:

West Virginia University: Tara Hulsey, Vice President of Health Promotion and Wellness; Dean

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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.​

West Virginia scholars since 1993: 74
West Virginia scholars funded in 2018-19: 8
2018 Institute attendees from West Virginia: 16
Graduates since 1993: 33
Graduates currently employed: 30
Percent employed in education: 70

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

Marshall University
Ohio University
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
University of Oregon
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
West Virginia University

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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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Benedum Foundation Awards Grant to Marshall University-SREB Partnership
Expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics in Huntington, WV

The Marshall University Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to expand science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics opportunities in Huntington, West Virginia, and to update a statewide high school STEM program. The grant was developed by Marshall University engineering and art programs with the SREB Advanced Career program and the Office of Career and Technical Education at the West Virginia Department of Education.

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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’ accountablility systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

PUBLICATIONS

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

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

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. One state education agency leader from West Virginia 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.

West Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 1

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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 West Virginia’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding the redesign of evaluator training, the hiring of a data analyst, and the convening of a stakeholder task force to revise evaluation system guidance.

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Charleston in December 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 February 2019 for state department staff that shared site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

    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 West Virginia 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 the Commission report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    West Virginia’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 21 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 18 percent at public two-year colleges.

    West Virginia legislative staff participated in an institute on postsecondary education convened in November 2018 through a collaboration of SREB, the National Conference of State Legislatures and other regional compacts.

    SREB featured West Virginia initiatives to address workforce issues in a presentation by a state legislator and SREB board member during SREB’s 2018 annual board meeting.

    SREB convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, to discuss issues facing states and to solicit comments on SREB’s draft strategic plan. The interim chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission participated.

    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 West Virginia to meet with legislators and staff in 2018.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from West Virginia requested assistance on topics including school leadership, teacher mentoring, state-level education governance and home school student access to school activities.

    Meetings 

    Staff from 8 SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

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

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    News News Release

    Governor Edwards of Louisiana Re-Elected Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board
    Chancellor Johnson of Oklahoma is vice chair

    LAC officers are Senator Millar of Georgia and Representative Carney of Kentucky

    Atlanta, Georgia — June 26, 2018 — Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana was re-elected to serve another one-year term as chair of the Southern Regional Education Board. He was re-elected at the organization’s annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sunday.