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: Mark Stotler, Director of Academic Programming, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission >

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. 

West Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

West Virginia SARA representative: Mark Stotler, Director of Academic Programming, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

In August 2016, West Virginia State University became the 1,000th institution to participate in SARA. >

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. 

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

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

Jeannie Reed, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Sherri Nash, 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 April 2018, one West Virginia institution is a member, listed here with its representative to the Council:

West Virginia University: Tara Hulsey, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee President >

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 West Virginia in 2017-18: 25
2017 Institute attendees from West Virginia: 22

Scholars West Virginia has supported since joining in 1993: 70

Graduates since 1993: 29
Graduates currently employed: 26
Percent employed in education: 65

West Virginia-supported Ph.D. students 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 >