Education Commission of the States and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems researched postsecondary governance structures in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach specific postsecondary governance structures. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page.

Key Takeaways

  • State postsecondary governance structures are critical to how state postsecondary policy is implemented and funding appropriated.
  • Accountability in postsecondary education is a function of postsecondary governance.
  • Issues of institutional autonomy and state control are often defined through the state governance structure.
  • Governance can determine the extent that postsecondary education achieves statewide goals.

50-State Comparisons 

  1. State-Level Coordinating and/or Governing Agency
  2. System/Institutional Governing Boards
  3. State Student Assistance and Loan Agencies
  4. Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education
  5. State-Level Organization of Independent (Not for Profit) Colleges and Universities
  6. Licensure/Approval Agencies
  7. Statutory Advisory Committee
  8. Additional Information

Related Resources 

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Mary Fulton


 PUBLISHED: October 1, 2007




 STATE(S): Nationwide

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