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Summary of Board of Regents Authority for Quality Assurance in Higher Education




Education Law 201

Regents Purpose

– encourage and promote education, visit and inspect institutions

Education Law 207

Regents Legislative Power

– determine educational policies and establish rules relating to education

Regents Rule 13.1

Commissioner’s Authority

– by extension of E.L. 207, Regents authorized the Commissioner to promulgate regulations governing the registration of courses of study

Education Law 210

Regents Authorized Activities

– register domestic and foreign institutions in terms of New York standards

Education Law 215

Regents Authorized Activities

– visit, examine into, and inspect any institution; require reports, as often as desired; suspend the charter or any of the rights and privileges of an institution

Education Law 216

Regents Authorized Activity

– incorporate any university, college…or other institution or association…for the promotion of…education in any way

Education Law 237

Regents Responsibility

– master planning for higher education in New York State

CAUTION expressed by Court in Moore vs. Board of Regents, 1978:

While upholding the Regents broad policy-making authority over both public and private higher education in the State, the Court cautioned that the Regents could not transform section 207 of the Education Law into an all-encompassing power permitting the Regents’ intervention in the day-to-day operation of the institutions of higher education in New York.