The Alabama Commission on Higher Education shall hold regular meetings as
provided by the annual adoption of a calendar of regular meeting
dates. Special meetings may be held at any time by call of the
chairman or by call of six of the membership or upon call by the
Governor. The Commission shall abide by the Alabama Open
Meetings Act, as it may be amended from time to time.
The Commission shall meet at least once
every three months. The chairman shall preside over all meetings of
the Commission. In the absence of the chairman, the vice-chairman
shall preside. In the absence of both the chairman and the
vice-chairman, the chairman shall designate a member to preside.
Roberts' Rules of Order will be used as a procedural guide
for conducting all business, unless they conflict with the
Commission’s stated bylaws.
An agenda which lists those items on
which action is expected at the meeting shall be published in
advance of the meeting date as required by law and shall be
distributed to the Commission members, the president of each
postsecondary education institution, the chairman of the governing
board of each such institution, and the public upon request. The
Commission will meet as often as seems desirable on the campuses of
the institutions of higher education in the state.
A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum
for the purpose of conducting official business. No vote may be
taken on any matter which requires Commission action unless a quorum
is present. Commission action shall be determined by a voice vote
or a show of hands of Commission members; however, any Commissioner
may request a roll call vote on a specific matter and/or the chair
may request a roll call vote if the outcome of a voice vote or a
show of hands is in question. A show of hands vote or a roll call
vote may become necessary if an action requires more than a simple
majority vote. Proxy voting shall not be allowed. Commission
members must be physically present in order to vote.
The positive recommendation of a new instructional program,
new unit of instruction, research, or public service, or a
new public institution of higher education (as provided in Code
of Alabama, 16-5-4(b)) shall require the concurrence of a
majority (7) of all the members of the Commission.
A new instructional program, new unit of instruction, research,
or public service, or a new public institution of higher education
that receives a negative recommendation by a majority vote of Commission
members present may be reconsidered after one year provided that in the
judgment of the Commission substantive changes indicate the need for
A new instructional program, new unit of instruction, research, or
public service, or a new public institution of higher education that
receives a favorable vote of a majority of the members present, but
which falls short of receiving a favorable vote by a majority of the
members of the Commission, may be reconsidered at the next regularly
At the Commission’s discretion, a "consent agenda" may be used to
expedite action on common issues; however, any Commissioner may request
that a specific issue(s) be held from the consent approval for further
review and/or action.
Expenses incurred by Commission members in the performance of their
duties shall be reimbursed at the rate authorized for state employees.
The Commission shall approve the Commission’s annual budget request
prior to the fiscal year for which it is effective. The Commission
shall establish such personnel policies regarding staff personnel as
deemed necessary. Such policies may be established by resolution at
any regular meeting or at any special meeting.
Bylaws amended by the Commission February 19, 1988; July 21, 1989;
October 8, 1999; June 16, 2000; and September 19, 2008;
September 12, 2014.