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, 70 Mississippi residents were certified to attend degree programs at out-of-state institutions through the Academic Common Market.

ACM State Representative: Sandra Kelly, Office of Academic & Student Affairs, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning >

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 Mississippi residents in 2019-20: 31

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

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. For the 2019-20 academic year, Mississippi State University received $670,000 from other SREB states.

Mississippi RCP Coordinator: Jennifer Rogers, Director of Financial Aid, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. >

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.​  

Mississippi is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Mississippi saved $3 million for initial authorization and save $862,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Mississippi SARA representative: Menia Dykes, Director of Accreditation, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning >

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.​

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

Mississippi’s participating agencies and their SREB-State Data Exchange coordinators: Mitzi Gendron, Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning; Raul Fletes, Mississippi Community College Board >

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, eight Mississippi institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Alcorn State University: Debra Spring, Dean
Delta State University: Vicki Bingham, Dean
Hinds Community College: Elizabeth Mahaffey, Dean
Mississippi University for Women: Tammie McCoy, Dean
Pearl River Community College: Arlene Jones, Director
University of Mississippi Medical Center: Kim Hoover, Dean
University of Southern Mississippi: Kathleen Masters, Dean
William Carey University: Karen Sicard, 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.​​

Mississippi scholars since 1993: 76
Mississippi scholars funded in 2018-19: 8
2018 Institute attendees from Mississippi: 18
Graduates since 1993: 53
Graduates currently employed: 48
Percent employed in education: 83

Mississippi Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:

Jackson State University
Louisiana State University
Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Tennessee – Knoxville >