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 2016, approximately 2,100 degree programs were available, 151 institutions participated and nearly 3,300 new students were certified for study.

Number of Georgia students who participated in ACM during 2016: 884

ACM State Representative: Deborah Sullivan, Program Manager, 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 students from Georgia: 34

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Georgia programs in 2016-17: 75

Residents of other states may contract for entry into University of Georgia in veterinary medicine. This institution receives more than $1 million annually from other SREB states. >

Electronic Campus

Partners with colleges and universities to give students access to more than 40,000 online courses and 4,100 online degree programs. All 16 SREB states participate in the Electronic Campus.​​

Programs Georgia institutions provide as of April 2017: 349

Georgia EC Representatives: Susanna Baxter, Executive Director, Georgia Independent Colleges Association (Independent Colleges and Universities) 

Robert Keown, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (Technical Colleges)

Jon Sizemore, Assistant Chancellor for Distance Education, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, (State Colleges and Universities) >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to open more high-quality distance education offerings for students and ease regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. 

Georgia is an approved member of SARA.

Georgia SARA representative: Patricia Neri, SARA Coordinator, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission >

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. 

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

Georgia’s participating agencies and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinators: Angela Bell and Tracey Cook, 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 June 2017, 13 Georgia institutions are members (listed here with their representatives to the Council):

Albany State University: Cathy Williams, Chair
Armstrong State University: Catherine Gilbert, Chair
Augusta University: Lucy Marion, Dean
College of Coastal Georgia: Patricia Kraft, Dean
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University: Linda Streit, Dean
Georgia College and State University: Judith Malachowski, Vice Provost
Georgia Southwestern State University: Sandra Daniel, Dean
Georgia State University: Nancy Kropf, Dean
Kennesaw State University: Tommie Nelms, Director
Middle Georgia State University: Donna Ingram, Chair
University of West Georgia: Jennifer Schuessler, Dean
  SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee Member
Valdosta State University: Sheri Noviello, Dean
  SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee
Wesleyan College: Sirena Sawyer Fritz, 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 Georgia in 2016-17: 60
2016 Institute attendees from Georgia: 98

Scholars Georgia has supported since joining in 1993: 171

Graduates since 1993: 101
Graduates currently employed: 83
Percent employed in education: 82

Georgia-supported Ph.D. students 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 >