The Council on Postsecondary Education is an independent public corporation vested with the responsibility of providing oversight for the system of public higher education in Rhode Island.
The specific powers and duties of the Council are laid out in RIGL 16-59-1; RIGL 16-59-2; RIGL 16-59-4; RIGL 16-59-6. Among these, the Council is charged with "[formulating] broad policy to implement the goals and objectives established and adopted by the board of education; [adopting] standards and [requiring] enforcement; and [exercising] general supervision over all higher public education in the state and over independent higher education in the state" (RIGL 16-59-4). In exercising these policymaking duties, the Council is the successor to the Board of Governors for Higher Education.
Council policies govern public higher education in the following areas: