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, 547 Virginia residents were certified to attend degree programs at out-of-state institutions through the Academic Common Market.

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 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.

Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Virginia saved $6.7 million for initial authorization and save $1.9 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

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

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.​

Virginia leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Virginia: 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.

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 November 2018, seven 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
University of Virginia: Dorrie Fontaine, Dean
Virginia Commonwealth 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 (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.​

Virginia scholars since 1993: 146
Virginia scholars funded in 2018-19: 28
2018 Institute attendees from Virginia: 71
Graduates since 1993: 80
Graduates currently employed: 70
Percent employed in education: 70

Virginia Ph.D. students in the DSP 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.