The Commission for University Education was established by an Act of Parliament, Universities Act, No. 42 of 2012 as the successor to the Commission for Higher Education which was established under Universities Act Cap 210B of 1985. This was to address the need to regulate, coordinate and assure quality in university education as a result of growth and expansion of the university sub sector in Kenya. The Commission was established as a body corporate to make better provisions for the advancement of quality university education in the country.