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 2017,132 Tennessee students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $13,609 each and a collective total of $1,905,230 in tuition
ACM State Representative: Victorica Harpool, Assistant Executive Director for Academic Affairs,Tennessee Higher Education Commission
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.
Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Tennessee programs in 2017-18: 202
Residents of other states may contract for entry into Meharry Medical College and University of Tennessee Health Science Center in College of Dentistry, and Southern College of Optometry. These Tennessee institutions received approximately $4 million from other SREB states.
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.
Tennessee is an approved member of SARA.
Tennessee SARA representative: Julie Woodruff, Director of Postsecondary School Authorization and Lead Attorney, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
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.
Tennessee leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, as well as Tennessee: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and the annual SREB-State Data Exchange tables.
Tennessee’s Participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Crystal Collins, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
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, six Tennessee institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:
East Tennessee State University: Wendy Nehring, Dean
Middle Tennessee State University: Jenny Sauls, Director
Southern Adventist University: Barbara James, Dean
University of Memphis: Lin Zahn, Dean
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis: Wendy Likes, Dean
Walters State Community College: Cheryl McCall, Director
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 Tennessee in 2017-18: 19
2017 Institute attendees from Tennessee: 22
Scholars Tennessee has supported since joining in 1993: 111
Graduates since 1993: 82
Graduates currently employed: 67
Percent employed in education: 90
Tennessee-supported Ph.D. students have attended these institutions since 1993:
East Tennessee State University
Georgia State University
Meharry Medical College
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
University of Memphis
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
University of Tennessee – Knoxville