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 programs 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 racial and ethnic minorities make up only small fractions of college faculty. Nationwide, 6 percent of faculty are African-American or Black, just over 5 percent are Hispanic and about 1 percent are Native American. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is working to change that.

The goal: more minority 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

SREB analysts monitor and report on states’ progress toward goals for education that span early childhood through higher education and the workforce. 

The goals help state leaders focus on critical transitions from one level to the next by reporting on both the outcome measures (such as student achievement results and graduation rates) as well policies that will bring results.


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.  

Legislators, governors’ staffs and other policy-makers often turn to SREB for the latest information on education issues. 


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.