Topic: Distance/Online Education

Publication July 2020 | 3 pages
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COVID-19 and Broadband Access in SREB States
Resources and Strategies for Extended School Closures

Access to broadband speeds sufficient for digital learning has become one of the most pressing education issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing offers an overview of the Federal Communications Commission Keep Americans Connected Pledge, the E-Rate program extension, TV white space, CARES Act funding and additional K-20 strategies to expand broadband access. 


News Grant Announcement
Higher Education Compacts Come Together to Help Students Succeed with Open Educational Resources

Higher Ed Compacts Come Together to Help Students Succeed with Open Educational Resources

State leaders, postsecondary education institutions and education leaders are working across state lines to promote the adoption of open educational resources (known as OER) to help millions of students access high quality learning materials that are free to use, customize and share. OER are free for students, and they make it easy for faculty to personalize lessons and textbooks to engage students with fresh, relevant content.


SARA Return on Investment in SREB States
Saving Time and Money, Broadening Online Offerings

Colleges and universities in the SREB region save about $30 million annually by participating in SARA, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. SARA, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, is a nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease regulatory burdens on institutions. SREB compact states may participate to offer distance education activities in other states. 


Initial Authorization
Savings (estimated)

Annual Renewal
Savings (estimated)
Alabama $   6,396,800 $ 1,789,600
Arkansas $   2,575,200 $    767,400
Delaware $      603,800 $    160,400
Florida $ 12,208,000 $ 3,357,200
Georgia $   7,652,500 $ 2,227,000
Kentucky $   8,101,000 $ 2,381,700
Louisiana $   3,147,000 $    893,400
Maryland $   4,490,000 $ 1,250,000
Mississippi $   3,027,750 $    862,250
North Carolina $ 11,092,000 $ 3,185,600
Oklahoma $   2,701,600 $    783,200
South Carolina $   5,555,200 $ 1,588,800
Tennessee $   8,904,800 $ 2,577,600
Texas $ 11,063,587 $ 3,034,175
Virginia $   6,699,900 $ 1,907,100
West Virginia $   2,479,550 $    755,350

For the purposes of SARA, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands affiliate through SREB.

  Initial Authorization
Savings (estimated)
Annual Renewal
Savings (estimated)
Pennsylvania $10,420,200 $3,352,200
Puerto Rico joined after the study joined after the study
Virgin Islands $       63,000 $     22,000
Washington, D.C. $  2,635,500 $   797,500

NCHEMS study and methodology 

Publication February 201620 pages

Direct From the Inside: KCTCS Direct2Degree Program

This document reports on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s 2013 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant to focus on breakthrough models for enhancing college completion. The KCTCS Direct2Degree program targeted low-income students in rural areas. 


Publication June 20123 pages

Principles of Good Practice

The Principles of Good Practice were developed to assure students about the quality of courses and programs at SREB’s Electronic Campus (now SARA.) The principles draw upon the work of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and other organizations.