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 2016, approximately 2,100 degree programs were available, 151 institutions participated and nearly 3,300 new students were certified for study.

Number of Tennessee students who participated in ACM during 2016: 182

ACM State Representative: Herbert Brown, Academic Affairs Analyst, 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 2016-17: 211

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Meharry Medical College and University of Tennessee Health Science Center in dentistry and Southern College of Optometry. These Tennessee institutions receive more than $4 million annually from other SREB states. >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to open more high-quality distance education offerings for students and ease 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 October 2017, five Tennessee institutions are members (listed here with their representatives to the Council):

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 2016-17: 22
2016 Institute attendees from Tennessee: 32

Scholars Tennessee has supported since joining in 1993: 110

Graduates since 1993: 77
Graduates currently employed: 63
Percent employed in education: 92

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
Vanderbilt University >