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

In 2017, 198 Kentucky students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $16,367 each and a collective total of $3,224,207 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Kathy Garrett, Senior Associate for Academic Program Management, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education >

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 Kentucky in 2017-18: 189

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Kentucky programs in 2017-18: 1

Residents of other states may contract for entry into the University of Louisville’s dentistry program. This institution received $21,300 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.

Kentucky is an approved member of SARA.

Kentucky SARA representative: Sara Levy, Director of Postsecondary Licensing, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary 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. 

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

Kentucky’s participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Bethanie Butler, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education >

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, two Kentucky institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Morehead State University: Lynn Parsons, Chair
Spalding University: Patricia Spurr, Associate Dean and Chair >

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 Kentucky in 2017-18: 24
2017 Institute attendees from Kentucky: 24

Scholars Kentucky has supported since joining in 1993: 129

Graduates since 1993: 88
Graduates currently employed: 79
Percent employed in education: 84

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

University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Tulane University of Louisiana >

Passport Project

A new learning outcomes-based framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of student course credits among institutions in different states. SREB has joined other regional compacts in the Passport Project.

Kentucky is one of three SREB states reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.