Programs & Services


Academic Common Market

Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college and pay in-state tuition rates.

Looking for a college degree not offered by a public institution in your home state? The Academic Common Market may be able to help. Many students qualify for in-state tuition to study at out-of-state institutions. 

Not all colleges participate, not all programs are offered, and not every offered program is available to students in all states.


SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

Increasing Faculty Diversity

More than one-third of America’s college students are people of color. But historically underrepresented groups make up only small fractions of college faculty. Nationwide, 6 percent of faculty are African American or Black, just over 5% are Hispanic and about 1% are Native American. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is working to change that.

The goal: more historically underrepresented Ph.D. students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses


Education Data

Collecting analyzing and sharing demographic, economic, pre-K-12 and higher ed data among states

Helping states stay up to date on the latest interstate comparisons and trends in education is a core service of SREB. 

Piedmont Middle School, Charlotte, N.C.

State Progress Reports
SREB Goals for Education

The Goals for Education are conceived and adopted by SREB states for SREB states. They provide a framework for states to chart their path toward excellence as a region and for SREB to report back to all of them on their progress regionally and by state.

Over the last two decades, these goals and policies have helped SREB states work together to overcome challenges and rise to meet those of the next decade. 


Legislative Action

SREB tracks and reports on actions on education issues by state lawmakers across the SREB region. Based on research and meetings with state leaders during their legislative sessions, issues of the Legislative Report detail recent governors’ proposals, bills and funding actions.  


Collaborative Insurance and Technology Savings

SREB partners with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to bring cost containment strategies to SREB states. 

Any education institution or agency in SREB member states may elect to participate in these following cost-saving opportunities.


Regional Contract Program
Professional health degrees at in-state rates

Tuition-savings program for students pursuing professional health degrees.

Qualified students may pursue professional health degrees at participating out-of-state universities – paying in-state tuition at public institutions and reduced tuition at private ones. 

Eligible students in participating states can earn degrees in dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry and veterinary medicine.


State Authorization

SREB and the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

Accreditors, government agencies and higher ed organizations developed a nationwide reciprocity agreement to address challenges to states, which are responsible for authorizing education offered to their residents from institutions in other states. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, or SARA:

  • Broadens offerings and lower costs for students
  • Saves institutions from seeking approvals for their classes and degree programs on a case-by-case basis
  • Allows states to focus on oversight of their own institutions

SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by the four regional higher education compacts, MHEC, NEBHE, SREB and WICHE.