Utah State Board of Higher Education, Role Of

.     No. 1-1      Rev. 12-7-83          Date 4-20-77



I. Under the Higher Education Act of 1969, the Utah State Legislature established a State Board of Higher Education to govern the state's nine institutions of higher learning. The State Board of Higher Education consisted of 15 resident citizens of the state.

A 1977 amendment changed the name from the State Board of Higher Education to the Utah State Board of Regents, increased the number of members from 15 to 16 and inserted provisions for appointment of a student member. A 1981 amendment increased the members on the Utah State Board of Regents from 16 to 17, providing that the Lieutenant Governor of the state be the seventeenth member. 

II. The Utah State Board of Regents currently consists of 19 resident citizens of the state of Utah, 16 appointed by the Governor, and 3 non-voting members (Utah State Board of Education & Utah College of Applied Technology).

III. The Board shall select and appoint a Commissioner of Higher Education to serve as the chief executive officer of the Board.

IV. The Board shall be responsible for conducting continuing studies and evaluations of the facilities, grounds, buildings and equipment at the institutions under its jurisdiction.

V. The Board shall prescribe standardized systems of accounts, records and reports of institutional operations.

VI. The institution shall submit requests for operating budget to the State Board for inclusion in the state budget. The recommendation for appropriation shall be made with the objectives of (a) justifying the appropriation consistent with the financial ability of the state and (b) determining an equitable distribution of funds in accordance with the statewide Master Plan.

VII. The University shall issue its own payrolls and handle its own financial affairs under the general supervision of the Board.

VIII. The Board shall define the roles of the various institutions of higher education under its control and shall prescribe the general course of study to be offered at each institution.

IX. The Board, after consulting with the Board of Trustees, shall appoint and hire a president for each member institution of the state system, each to serve at the pleasure of the Board and at such salary as it any determine and fix.

X. The Board shall approve or disapprove Master Plans and all new construction, repair, or purchase of educational facilities at all institutions (except as delegated to the Board of Trustees).

XI. The Board of Regents shall consult with the Board of Trustees and/or the president in matters pertaining to the institution.