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, 63 West Virginia students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $14,606 each and a collective total of $978,585 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Nikki Bryant, Compliance Officer for Authorization and Proprietary School Programs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission >

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.

West Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in West Virginia saved $2.5 million for initial authorization and save $750,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

West Virginia SARA representative: Nikki Bryant, Compliance Officer for Authorization and Proprietary School Programs, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission >

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.​

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

West Virginia’s Participating Agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: 

Jeannie Reed, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Adam Canter, West Virginia Department of Education >

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, one West Virginia institution is a member, listed here with its representative to the Council:

West Virginia University: Tara Hulsey, Vice President of Health Promotion and Wellness; 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.​

West Virginia scholars since 1993: 74
West Virginia scholars funded in 2018-19: 8
2018 Institute attendees from West Virginia: 16
Graduates since 1993: 33
Graduates currently employed: 30
Percent employed in education: 70

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

Marshall University
Ohio University
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
University of Oregon
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
West Virginia University >