Below are the responsibilities of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
The Commission is not responsible for:
- approves new units
of instruction. This includes new
institutions, mergers, branch
campuses, colleges, schools, divisions and departments.
- approves any new academic programs.
- approves off-campus instruction.
- facilitates planning for higher education. This includes developing
a statewide plan.
- reviews and makes recommendations concerning existing programs.
- prepares a Consolidated Budget Recommendation to the Governor and the Legislature.
- collects and compiles information concerning higher education in the State.
- administers student assistance programs.
- conducts studies on higher education issues and makes recommendations to
the institutions, the Legislature and the Governor concerning its findings.
- provides a state-level framework for institutions to respond
cooperatively and individually to the needs of the citizens of the State.
- reviews institutional facilities masterplans and report to trustees
and the Legislature.
- maintains an electronic student unit record system to provide
accountability on student progress.
- oversight for the programmatic review of private and public institutions operating as foreign
corporations in Alabama in accord with the regulatory
authority assigned to the Commission by statute.
- serves as the state portal for Alabama’s participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA).
- the appropriation or allocation of funds.
- the termination of existing programs or existing
units of instruction outside the program viability process.
- the approval of new construction projects.
- the establishment of tuition and fees.
- recommending/enforcing policies concerning enrollment parameters. This
includes: setting enrollment caps; limiting the number of out-of-state
students; setting residency requirements; or setting admission standards.
- setting faculty work loads or salaries.
- the hiring and firing of personnel at the institutions.