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 academic year 2019-20, 2,198 degree programs were available, 166 institutions participated, and 2,261 residents were certified for study through the Academic Common Market.

For academic year 2019-20, 26 Texas residents were certified to attend degree programs at out-of-state institutions through the Academic Common Market.

*Texas only participates at the graduate level.

ACM State Representative: Jessica Acton, Program Director, Academic Coordinating Board, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board >

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 Texas programs in 2019-20: 10

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Texas A&M Health Science Center for Dentistry and the University of Houston College of Optometry. These Texas institutions received $216,300 from other SREB states. >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

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

Texas is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Texas saved $11 million for initial authorization and save $3 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Texas SARA representative: Jessica Acton, Program Director of Academic Quality and Workforce, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. >

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.​

Texas leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Texas: Featured Facts from the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education.

SREB-State Data 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.

Texas’ participating agency and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinator: Julie Eklund, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board >

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, six Texas institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Baylor University: Shelley Conroy, Dean, SREB Nursing Council President
Texas A&M University: Corpus Christi: Julie Anne Hoff, Dean
Texas Christian University: Suzy Lockwood, Interim Dean
Texas Woman’s University: Anita Hufft, Associate Dean
University of Texas at Arlington: Elizabeth Merwin, Dean
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston: Deborah Jones, 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 (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.​

Texas scholars since 1993: 10
Texas scholars funded in 2018-19: 0
2018 Institute attendees from Texas: 94
Graduates since 1993: 6
Graduates currently employed: 5
Percent employed in education: 100

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

Baylor University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio >