The provost assumes primary responsibility for communicating with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa regarding all academic matters. 

The provost advocates for the university’s academic requests to the Board, including requests to create, eliminate, or modify departments, degree programs, and centers; enact administrative reorganizations; and appoint deans and directors. 

The Office of the Provost collects, analyzes, and reports to the Board a wide range of institutional data, having to do with financial matters, faculty appointments, faculty activities, enrollment management, peer comparisons, etc. 

The provost and the senior vice president for finance and operations share primary responsibility for preparing and communicating with the Board about tuition and academic fee requests, and the provost shares with the president and other vice presidents responsibility for advocating for the University’s other administrative requests. 

Regularly scheduled governance reports that the Office of the Provost is responsible for (or shares primary responsibility for) submitting to the Board on an annual or biennial basis include the following.  See below for a link to a more detailed table of reports.


  • Enrollment
  • Graduation and retention
  • Student financial aid
  • Tuition and fees
  • Distance education
  • Diversity
  • Residence system


  • Accreditation
  • Establishment of new programs
  • Termination of programs


  • Faculty activities
  • Tenure, promotions, and tenure actions
  • Comprehensive human resources report (salaries and benefits, salary comparisons, resignation and retirement)
  • Professional development assignments
  • Diversity


  • University strategic plan approval
  • Annual progress reports
  • Tuition and academic fee requests
  • Capital planning