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, $11,852 each and a collective total of $260,740 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 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: Morgan Champion, Director of Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education with the Commission for Independent Education. >

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
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 October 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,
  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 >