Duties of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education

  • Provides a state-level framework for institutions to respond cooperatively and individually to the needs of the citizens of the State.
  • Prescribes the role and the scope for each public institution of higher education.
  • Reviews new units of instruction including new institutions, mergers, branch campuses, colleges, schools, divisions, and departments.
  • Reviews new academic programs and performance of existing programs.
  • Reviews off-campus instruction.
  • Provides oversight for the programmatic review of private and public institutions operating as foreign corporations in Alabama.
  • Serves as the state portal for Alabama’s participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity.
  • Facilitates planning for higher education including developing a statewide plan.
  • Collects and compiles data on higher education.
  • Maintains an electronic student unit record system to provide accountability on student progress.
  • Conducts studies on higher education issues and makes recommendations based on its findings to the institutions, to the Legislature, and to the Governor.
  • Administers student assistance programs.
  • Prepares a Consolidated Budget Recommendation to the Governor and the Legislature.
  • Reviews institutional facilities master plans and reports findings to the various boards of trustees and the Legislature.
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