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, 558 Maryland students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $16,224 each and a collective total of $9,020,644 in tuition.
ACM State Representative: Jacqueline M. Cade, Education Policy Analyst, Maryland Higher Education Commission
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.
Maryland is an approved member of SARA.
Colleges and universities in Maryland saved $4.5 million for initial authorization and save $1.3 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
Maryland SARA representative: Lyndsay Bates, Online Education Analyst, Maryland Higher Education Commission. Member At-Large (11/2018 – 10/2020): Sharon Spencer, Assistant Vice Provost for Compliance and Reporting at the University of Maryland University College.
Fact Book and Data Exchange
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.
Maryland leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Maryland: 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.
Maryland participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Barbara Schmertz, Maryland Higher Education Commission
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, two Maryland institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:
The Johns Hopkins University: Patricia M. Davidson, Dean
University of Maryland at Baltimore: Jane Kirschling, 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.
Maryland scholars since 1993: 50
Maryland scholars funded in 2018-19: 5
2018 Institute attendees from Maryland: 54
Graduates since 1993: 32
Graduates currently employed: 27
Percent employed in education: 78
Maryland Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:
John Hopkins University
Morgan State University
University of Maryland – Baltimore
University of Maryland – Baltimore County
University of Maryland – College Park