Higher Education in New York

All colleges and universities in New York are members of The University of the State of New York. The University, an entity established in the State Constitution, encompasses all education in New York, public and private, from prekindergarten through post­doctoral. The State Board of Regents is responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the State, presiding over The University and the New York State Education Department.

With respect to higher education, the Board of Regents is responsible for planning and coordination, evaluating quality, and promoting equity and access. It also charters (incorporates) independent colleges and universities and authorizes proprietary colleges to operate in New York State. It approves major changes in the missions of public, independent, and proprietary colleges and universities through master plan amendments and authorizes out-of-state colleges seeking to offer instruction in New York State. The Regents also develop the Statewide Plan for Higher Education every eight years, in coordination with New York's higher education community
Last Updated: June 29, 2011