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 Texas students who participated in ACM during 2016: 42

ACM State Representative: Allen Michie, Program Director, 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 2016-17: 11

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Texas A&M Health Science Center – Baylor College of Dentistry and University of Houston in optometry. These Texas institutions receive more than $200,000 annually from other SREB states. >

Electronic Campus

Partners with colleges and universities to give students access to more than 40,000 online courses and 4,100 online degree programs. All 16 SREB states participate in the Electronic Campus.​

Programs Texas institutions provide as of April 2017: 651

Texas EC Representative: Jessica Acton, Program Director, Academic Quality and Workforce Division, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board >

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.

Texas is an approved member of SARA.

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

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. 

Texas leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, as well as Texas: Featured Facts from the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and the annual SREB-State Data Exchange tables.

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 June 2017, seven Texas institutions are members (listed here with their representatives to the Council):

Baylor University: Shelley Conroy, Dean 
Prairie View A&M University: Betty Adams, Dean
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi: Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean
Texas Christian University: Susan Weeks, Dean
Texas Woman’s University: Anita Hufft, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee Member
University of Texas at Arlington: Anne Bavier, Dean
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston: Pamela Watson, 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 Texas in 2016-17: 0
2016 Institute attendees from Texas: 70

Scholars Texas has supported since joining in 1993: 10

Graduates since 1993: 6
Graduates currently employed: 5
Percent employed in education: 100

Texas-supported Ph.D. students 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 >