The Office of Academic Affairs has primary responsibility for issues related to policy and activities that further the academic mission of system institutions. Academic Affairs staff assist the Board by operating in three broad areas:
Governance of state universities: manage the review and approval of university degree programs, academic calendars, and accreditation reports; implement credit for prior learning policy; oversee Qualified Admissions and the student complaint process; administer state grant programs that support teacher education preparation and foster university research.
Coordination among state universities, community colleges, and technical colleges: manage the systemwide course transfer, reverse transfer, concurrent enrollment, and developmental education initiatives; mange the review and approval of performance agreements/reports.
Regulation: regulate private and out-of-state institutions seeking to offer education in Kansas; implement the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).