SREB or Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit organization based in Georgia that advises state education leaders on ways to improve education and it has 16 member states that includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The recent report of Sloan Consortium stated that there is a 68% increase of college students who enrolled in online classes in Southern Regional Education Board states in 2006 as the number of students enrolled in online classes now reached more than 1.1 million.
The report is based on the annual survey of online learning at more than 2,200 colleges and universities in the United States. The survey also implied that the proportion of students using online courses at public institutions is higher on average in SREB states compared to other states.
One of the interesting highlights of the said report is that approximately two-thirds of chief academic officers at public colleges and universities in SREB states are convinced that student learning from online courses are equal if not better than traditional classroom learning.