Postsecondary Education


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. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.

North Carolina is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in North Carolina saved $11 million for initial authorization and save $3.2 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

North Carolina SARA representative: Terrence R. Scarborough, Director of SARA-NC, North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (UNC System Office). >

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.​

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

North Carolina participating agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators:

Dan Cohen-Vogel, University of North Carolina-General Administration

Ashley Sieman, North Carolina Community College System >

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, four North Carolina institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

East Carolina University: Sylvia Brown, Dean
North Carolina Central University: Wanda Lawrence, Chair 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dean
University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Robin Remsburg, 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.​​

North Carolina scholars since 1993: 20
North Carolina scholars funded in 2018-19: 16
2018 Institute attendees from North Carolina: 53
Graduates since 1993: 3
Graduates currently employed: 3
Percent employed in education: 100

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

North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro >