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, 511 Virginia students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $16,476 each and a collective total of $8,419,259 in tuition

Virginia ACM State Representative: Darlene Derricott, Director of Academic Services, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia >

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. 

Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

Virginia SARA representative: Darlene Derricott, Director of Academic Services, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia >

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. 

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

Virginia’s participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange coordinator: Tod R. Massa, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia >

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

George Mason University: Carol Urban, Director
Hampton University: Shevellanie Lott, Dean
James Madison University: Julie Sanford, Director
Old Dominion University: Karen Karlowicz, Chair
Shenandoah University: Kathleen LaSala, Dean
Virginia Community University: Jean Giddens, 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 Virginia in 2017-18: 41
2017 Institute attendees from Virginia: 40

Scholars Virginia has supported since joining in 1993: 133

Graduates since 1993: 76
Graduates currently employed: 70
Percent employed in education: 69

Virginia-supported Ph.D. students have attended these institutions since 1993:

College of William and Mary
George Mason University
James Madison University
North Carolina A&T State University
Old Dominion University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University >

Passport Project

A new learning outcomes-based framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of student course credits among institutions in different states. SREB has joined other regional compacts in the Passport Project.

Virginia is one of three SREB states reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.