2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-3206. State Regents - Powers and duties.

Universal Citation: 70 OK Stat § 70-3206 (2018)

As provided in Article XIII-A of the Constitution of Oklahoma, the State Regents shall constitute a coordinating board of control for all state educational institutions, with the following specific powers:

(a) It shall prescribe standards of higher education applicable to each institution.

(b) It shall determine the functions and courses of study in each of the institutions to conform to the standards prescribed.

(c) It shall grant degrees and other forms of academic recognition for completion of the prescribed courses in all of such institutions.

(d) It shall recommend to the State Legislature the budget allocations to each institution.

(e) It shall have the power to recommend to the Legislature proposed fees for all of such institutions, and any such fees shall be effective only within the limits prescribed by the Legislature, after taking due cognizance of expressed legislative intent.

(f) It shall allocate funds to each institution according to its needs and functions from appropriations made by the Legislature.

(g) It may coordinate private, denominational and other institutions of higher learning with the State System under regulations set forth by the State Regents.

Among other powers and duties, the State Regents shall:

(h) Prescribe standards for admission to, retention in, and graduation from state educational institutions.

(i) Accept federal funds and grants and use the same in accordance with federal requirements; and accept and disburse grants, gifts, devises, bequests and other monies and property from foundations, corporations and individuals; and establish, award and disburse scholarships and scholarship funds and rewards for merit from any funds available for such purpose.

(j) Allocate revolving and other non-state-appropriated educational and general funds.

(k) Transfer from one institution to another any property belonging to such institution when no longer needed by it and when needed by another institution to accomplish its functions.

(l) Prepare and publish annually a report to the Governor, the Legislature, and institutions, setting forth the progress, needs, and recommendations of state educational institutions and of the State Regents; conduct studies, surveys and research projects to gather information about the needs of state educational institutions and make such additional reports and recommendations as it deems necessary or as the Governor or the Legislature may direct, and publish such information obtained as may be considered worthy of dissemination.

(m) Any monies which it is authorized to invest shall be invested with the care, skill, prudence, and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims.

(n) Issue, on behalf of institutions within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, other than the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and with the powers enumerated by this act, its obligations for purposes of such capital projects as the Regents may deem to be proper for the benefit of such institutions. The obligations issued pursuant to the authority of this paragraph shall be part of a comprehensive program for capital maintenance of such institutions and the obligations shall be special and limited obligations of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and shall not constitute general obligations of the State of Oklahoma.

(o) Exercise all powers necessary or convenient to accomplish the purposes and objectives of Article XIII-A of the Constitution of Oklahoma.

Added by Laws 1965, c. 396, § 206, eff. July 1, 1965. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 99, § 15, emerg. eff. April 15, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 364, § 23, emerg. eff. June 8, 1998; Laws 2005, c. 2, § 13, emerg. eff. March 31, 2005.

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