HBCUs and MSIs Collaborate to Share Online Courses for New Paths to College Completion


Southern Regional Education Board partners with institutions in five states
via the Acadeum platform to allow access to new courses

ATLANTE, May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Students attending historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions can take a wider variety of courses — and stay on track to graduate — thanks to an innovative new partnership . The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) today announced its HBCU-MSI Course Sharing Consortium, a collaboration designed to help HBCUs and MSIs keep students on track for on-time graduation. . Powered by Acadeum, the consortium brings together public and private institutions to expand student access to courses, when they need them, within the culture that characterizes the HBCU and MSI experience.

“HBCUs are indispensable engines of educational and economic opportunity, as well as cornerstones of community and incubators for culture in this country,” said Roslyn ClarkArtispresident of Benoit College and co-chair of the SREB-HBCU-MSI collaboration. “Allowing students to access courses from other HBCUs and MSIs, while providing the support and resources of these very diverse institutions, is the next step in a collective effort to fully realize the promise of HBCUs and MSIs. as critical sectors of the American higher education ecosystem.”

The partnership was born from the SREB HBCU-MSI collaboration, which promotes strategic partnerships to increase capacity and improve student success among like-minded institutions. The approach was inspired by Benoit College course sharing partnership with Dillard University for an accelerated winter 2021 term for seniors who needed up to six credit hours to graduate in the spring. This program, made possible in part by a grant from UNCF, has helped more than 90 percent of participants get back on track to graduate this spring.

“We need innovative ways to break down the barriers that prevent students from completing their education and entering careers that fuel our economy,” said the SREB President. Stephen L. Pruitt. “When course sharing helps a student get the class she needs to graduate or expands her studies with a class from another college, that’s a win for all of us.”

The SREB Consortium will increase the availability of new online specialty courses among participating colleges and universities. Courses will be fully considered for GPA, financial aid, and graduation requirements at students’ home institutions, ensuring learners do not lose credits or time on their way to college. graduation and rewarding careers. The first participants in the consortium are: Albany State University, Albany, Georgia; Benoit College, Colombia, South Carolina; Clinton College, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia; Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma; College of Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and University of Southern Texas, Houston, TX. Other members will be announced in the coming months.

“This initiative aims to support learners on their journey to and through college with resources from the HBCU-MSI community,” said Steven Bloombergpresident of College of Southeast Arkansas. “Course sharing is a terrific innovation that expands learning options and ensures expanded access to courses in a way that works for every learner.”

Course sharing continues to grow as a tool to help colleges and universities enable learners to progress and succeed on their journey. Academy’s course sharing platform has helped over 425 higher education institutions and offers a catalog of over 40,000 online courses.

“HBCUs and MSIs are an integral part of the fabric of American higher education,” said david daniels, President of the Academy. “We’re proud to help these institutions work together and share resources to ensure more students cross the stage on time, while opening up unique learning opportunities.”

To learn more about the HBCU-MSI Course Sharing Consortium, please visit https://go.acadeum.com/hbcu-msi.

About SREB
the Southern Regional Board of Education works with states, schools and colleges to improve education at all levels, from early childhood to doctoral training. A non-profit, non-partisan interstate compact of 16 states, SREB was established in 1948 to advance education in order to improve the social and economic life of the region. Since its inception, SREB has brought together states and post-secondary institutions to share courses and degree programs and expand student offerings through programs such as the Academic Common Market, Regional Pact Program, and Accords. reciprocity of state authorization.

About the Academy
Acadeum helps colleges and universities create academic partnerships with like-minded institutions to support student progress and equitable access. Today, more than 400 higher education institutions use Academy’s course sharing network to place students in the online courses they need to stay on track to graduate on time. Institutions are earning new revenue from the courses they offer through the network, by sharing tuition fees for courses taken by their students and by keeping at-risk students enrolled. To learn more about Academy, please visit academ.com.

SOURCE Southern Regional Board of Education


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