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 Alabama students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $12,763 each and a collective total of $1,582,597 in tuition. 

ACM State Representative: Paul B. Mohr, Director of Special Programs, Alabama Commission on Higher Education >

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. Approximately 600 students participate each year.

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Alabama programs in 2018-19: 205

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Auburn University and Tuskegee University in Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Dentistry and Optometry. For 2018-19, these Alabama institutions received approximately $6 million from other SREB states. >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease 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.

Alabama is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Alabama saved $6.4 million for initial authorization and save $1.8 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Alabama SARA representative: Ron Leonard, Director of Special Initiatives, Alabama Commission on Higher Education >

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.​

Alabama leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, and Alabama: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education.

SREB-State Date 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.

Alabama’s Participating Agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Subrena Simpkins, Alabama Commission on Higher Education >

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, 11 Alabama institutions are members (listed here with their representatives to the Council):

Auburn University: Gregg Newschwander, Dean
Auburn University at Montgomery: Jean Leuner, Dean
Coastal Alabama Community College: Jean Graham, Director
Jacksonville State University: Christie Shelton, Dean
Samford University: Nena F. Sanders, Dean
Troy University: Jeffrey Forehand, Director
Tuskegee University: Constance Smith Hendricks, Dean
University of Alabama: Suzanne C. Prevost, Dean
University of Alabama at Birmingham: Doreen C. Harper, Dean
University of Alabama at Huntsville: Marsha Adams, Dean
University of South Alabama: Heather Hall, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee >

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.​

Alabama scholars since 1993: 189
Alabama scholars funded in 2018-19: 14
2018 Institute attendees from Alabama: 52
Graduates since 1993: 137
Graduates currently employed: 122
Percent employed in education: 80

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

Auburn University 
Clemson University
Howard University 
Meharry Medical College
Texas A&M University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Kentucky
University of South Alabama
Vanderbilt University >