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, approximately 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and nearly 3,355 new students were certified for study.

*Florida only participates at the Graduate level.

In 2017, 24 Florida students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $260,740 each and a collective total of $11,852 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Catherine Oakley, Education Policy Analyst, Board of Governors, State University System of Florida >

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 Florida programs in 2017-18: 1

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. In academic year 2017-18, this institution received $18,700 from other SREB states. >

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. 

Florida is an approved member of SARA.

Florida SARA Representative: Morgan Champion, Director of Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education, Commission for Independent Education >

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. 

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

Florida’s participating agencies and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinators:

Terricka Washington, Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida
Eric Godin, Florida College System >

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

Barry University: John McFadden, Dean
Florida Atlantic University: Marlaine Smith, Dean
Nova Southeastern University: Marcella Rutherford, Dean
State College of Florida: Rosie Fairchild, Dean
University of Central Florida: Mary Lou Sole, Dean
University of Miami: Anne Norris, Interim Dean
University of North Florida: Lillia Loriz, Dean,
  SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee Member
University of South Florida: Victoria P. Rich, 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 Florida in 2017-18: 15
2017 Institute attendees from Florida: 84

Scholars Florida has supported since joining in 1993: 19

Graduates since 1993: 4
Graduates currently employed: 2
Percent employed in education: 50

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

Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Florida >