Student Access Programs and Services


Student Access Programs and Services encompasses several programs that focus on increasing college access and graduation rates. The shared mission of these programs is simple: 

To help college students of all ages take courses and earn degrees — no matter where they live and work. 

The Academic Common Market enables college students from one SREB state to pursue uncommon degrees in another SREB state at in-state tuition rates. 

The Regional Contract Program gives students in SREB states the opportunity to earn a professional health degree from selected programs at public institutions — at in-state tuition rates — or pay reduced tuition at private institutions.

The Electronic Campus, the South’s “electronic marketplace” of online courses, programs and services, provides easy access to over 40,000 online courses and more than 5,300 online degree programs from colleges and universities in all 16 SREB states. The Electronic Campus follows SREB’s Principles of Good Practice for online courses in higher education. 

The Adult Learner helps adults and non-traditional students complete their degrees from adult friendly colleges and institutions. 

The Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus program combines the benefits of in-state tuition in the Academic Common Market with the convenience of online learning in the Electronic Campus. 

The Nurse Educator Consortium (in cooperation with SREB’s Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing) provides online courses to help graduate students in nursing prepare for a teaching career at colleges and universities. 


Regional Reciprocity for Online Courses and Programs from SREB institutions in participating states. SREB’s Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA) has been a model for other regions. Now, SREB-state institutions are transiting to the nationwide system of reciprocity, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA allows participating institutions to be authorized by their home state and eliminate the need for individual approvals in all of the states where they serve distance education students. This opens more high-quality distanced education offerings for students and eases regulatory burden on individual institutions.

To support adult learning, SREB works with states to further outreach to adults who need to complete high school diplomas, GED credentials, and college degrees or career certificates. SREB also brings together states’ education agencies to share ideas and marketing activities through the Go Alliance.