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 >

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: 115 >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to open more high-quality distance education offerings for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. 

South Carolina is an approved member of SARA.

South Carolina SARA Representative: Clay Barton, Licensing Program Coordinator, Postsecondary Institution Licensing,  Academic Affairs, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education >

Fact Book and Data Exchange

Publishes one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of comparative data through a cooperative effort of state postsecondary education agencies. Data are updated annually on topics including population demographics, college completion, tuition and fees, cost of attendance, state appropriations and faculty salaries.

South Carolina leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, as well as South Carolina: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and the annual SREB State Data Exchange tables.

South Carolina’s participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange coordinator: Mary (Mim) Armour, South Carolina 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 April 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: Gail Stuart, Dean
University of South Carolina – Aiken: Thayer McGahee, Dean
University of South Carolina – Columbia: Jeannette Andrews, 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 hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,200 attendees.

Scholars funded by South Carolina in 2017-18: 33

2017 Institute attendees from South Carolina: 39

Scholars South Carolina has supported since joining in 1993: 127

Graduates since 1993: 85
Graduates currently employed: 78
Percent employed in education: 78

South Carolina-supported Ph.D. students 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 >