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 Maryland students who participated in ACM during 2016: 690

ACM State Representative: Jacqueline Cade, Education Policy Analyst, Maryland Higher Education Commission >​

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. ​

Maryland is an approved member of SARA.

Maryland SARA representative: Koliwe Moyo-Stephens, Online Education Analyst, Maryland Higher 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. 

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

Maryland participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Jon Enriquez, 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 October 2017, two Maryland institutions are members (listed here with its representative 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 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 Maryland in 2016-17: 8
2016 Institute attendees from Maryland: 46

Scholars Maryland has supported since joining in 1993: 44

Graduates since 1993: ​31
Graduates currently employed: 27
Percent employed in education: 78

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

John Hopkins University
University of Maryland – Baltimore County
University of Maryland – College Park >