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.

For academic year 2019-20, 693 Georgia residents were certified to attend degree programs at out-of-state institutions through the Academic Common Market.

ACM State Representative: Monique Hudson, Administrative Coordinator, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. >

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.

Participating Georgia residents in 2019-20: 34

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Georgia programs in 2019-20: 76

Residents of other states may contract for entry into the University of Georgia for Veterinary Medicine. For academic year 2019-20, this institution received more than $2.5 million from other SREB states.

RCP State Coordinator: Martha Venn, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Georgia Board of Regents >

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.

Georgia is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Georgia saved $7.7 million for initial authorization and save $2.2 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Georgia SARA representative: Kirk Shook, Executive Director at Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, with secondary contact Adam Hawk, SARA Coordinator at Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Member At-Large (10/2017-10/2020): Robert Keown, Executive Director of the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection, Technical College System of Georgia. >

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.​

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

Georgia’s participating agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: Lori Hagood and Jason Matt, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Richard Young and Cynthia Lee, Technical College System of Georgia >

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, 10 Georgia institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Albany State University: Cathy Williams, Chair
Augusta University: Lucy Marion, Dean
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University: Linda Streit, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee
Georgia College and State University: Deborah McMillan, Director
Georgia Southwestern State University: Sandra Daniel, Dean
Georgia State University: Susan Kelley, Associate Dean
Kennesaw State University: Yvonne Eaves, Director
Middle Georgia State University: Donna Ingram, Chair
University of West Georgia: Jennifer Schuessler, Dean
Valdosta State University: Sheri Noviello, 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.​​

Georgia scholars since 1993: 189
Georgia scholars funded in 2018-19: 14
2018 Institute attendees from Georgia: 52
Graduates since 1993: 137
Graduates currently employed: 122
Percent employed in education: 80

Georgia-Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:​

Georgia Health Sciences University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Regents University
Georgia State University
Medical College of Georgia
University of Georgia >