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.

*Florida only participates at the graduate level.

For academic year 2019-20, 16 Florida residents were certified to attend degree programs at out-of-state institutions through the Academic Common Market.

ACM State Representative: Jeremy Hudak, Assistant Director of Academic and Student Affairs, State University System of Florida Board of Governors. >

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.​

Florida is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Florida saved $12.2 million for initial authorization and save $3.4 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Florida SARA Representatives: Karl Washington, Director of Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education with the Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council. >

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.​

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

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

Jason Jones, Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida
Keith Richard, 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 November 2018, six Florida institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Barry University: John McFadden, Dean
Florida Atlantic University: Marlaine Smith, Dean
Florida International University: Ora L. Strickland, Dean
Nova Southeastern University: Marcella Rutherford, Dean
University of North Florida: Lillia Loriz, Dean,
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 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.

Florida scholars since 1993: 20
Florida scholars funded in 2018-19: 0
2018 Institute attendees from Florida: 87
Graduates since 1993: 3
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 >