The National Commission on Higher Education was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1989 to formulate broad policy guidelines for the establishment of Institutions of Higher Education in Liberia, serve as the regulatory body for all Institutions offering degrees, and coordinate and serve as the principal liaison between Institutions of learning offering degrees in the country. Additionally, the Commission does the following:
- Facilitate the establishment of an autonomous National Accreditation Center responsible to accredit all Higher Institutions of Learning in Liberia.
- To monitor, evalute and accredit all institutions of higher learning;
- Approve new and existing programs of Higher Education for funding, after having satisfied itself of their needs for national development and assessing the Institution’s ability to implement the program; and
- Review existing programs at Institutions of Higher Education with the aim of establishing priority programs of study based on national needs.
To set standards and regulations to ensure that all public, private, and faith-based tertiary education institutions in Liberia create, sustain and provide relevant and quality higher education for all qualified Liberians and to meet the local, national and global higher education challenges of the future.