Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed vice-chancellors to file quarterly reports to chancellors on the performance of their universities.
The CS made the announcement during a meeting with chancellors on Wednesday.
It was also attended by former President Mwai Kibaki, who is the chancellor of Masinde Muliro University, Kakamega County.
Data to be covered includes enrolment, diversity in employment, admissions, promotions and senate proceedings.
The meeting at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, was attended by more than 50 chancellors.
According to National Cohesion and Integration Commission Chairman Francis ole Kaparo, only five out of 33 public universities have a work force that reflects the face of Kenya.
Dr Matiang’i said the law regulating universities would be reviewed to make clear the role of chancellors.
“We want to ensure chancellors are facilitated to dispense their duties effectively,” Dr Matiang’i said.
He said the ministry had sent to Parliament proposed amendments to the law and asked the university heads to suggest changes.
Prof Kabiru Kinyanjui of Chuka University in Tharaka-Nithi County supported Dr Matiang’i.
“There is a disconnect between the vice-chancellors and chancellors on their mandates. We need to address the grey areas,” he said.
He called for regular engagement between the institutions and the public.