Agency: National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, Department of Education (The Advisory Committee).
What Is the Purpose of This Notice?
The purpose of this notice is to invite written comments on accrediting agencies and State approval agencies whose applications to the Secretary for renewed recognition or whose reports will be reviewed at the Advisory Committee meeting to be held on June 13, 2005.
Where Should I Submit My Comments?
Please submit your written comments by mail, fax, or e-mail no later than March 3, 2005 to Ms. Robin Greathouse, Accreditation and State Liaison. You may contact her at the U.S. Department of Education, room 7105, MS 8509, 1990 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202) 219-7011, fax: (202) 219-7005, or e-mail: Robin.Greathouse@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
What Is the Authority for the Advisory Committee?
The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity is established under Section 114 of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1011c. One of the purposes of the Advisory Committee is to advise the Secretary of Education on the recognition of accrediting agencies and State approval agencies.
Will This Be My Only Opportunity To Submit Written Comments?
Yes, this notice announces the only opportunity you will have to submit written comments. However, a subsequent Federal Register notice will announce the meeting and invite individuals and/or groups to submit requests to make oral presentations before the Advisory Committee on the agencies that the Committee will review. That notice, however, does not offer a second opportunity to submit written comment.
What Happens to the Comments That I Submit?
We will review your comments, in response to this notice, as part of our evaluation of the agencies' compliance with Section 496 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended and the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition of Accrediting Agencies and State Approval Agencies. The Criteria are regulations found in 34 CFR Part 602 (for accrediting agencies) and in 34 CFR Part 603 (for State approval agencies) and are found at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
We will also include your comments with the staff analyses we present to the Advisory Committee at its June 2005 meeting. Therefore, in order for us to give full consideration to your comments, it is important that we receive them by March 3, 2005.
In all instances, your comments about agencies seeking initial or continued recognition must relate to the Criteria for Recognition. In addition, your comments for any agency whose interim report is scheduled for review must relate to the issues raised and the Criteria for Recognition cited in the Secretary's letter that requested the interim report.
What Happens to Comments Received After the Deadline?
We will review any comments received after the deadline. If such comments, upon investigation, reveal that the accrediting agency is not acting in accordance with the Criteria for Recognition, we will take action either before or after the meeting, as appropriate.
What Agencies Will the Advisory Committee Review at the Meeting?
The Secretary of Education recognizes accrediting agencies and State approval agencies for public postsecondary vocational education and nurse education if the Secretary determines that they meet the Criteria for Recognition. Recognition means that the Secretary considers the agency to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education offered by institutions or programs it accredits that are encompassed within the scope of recognition he grants to the agency.
The following agencies will be reviewed during the June 2005 meeting of the Advisory Committee:
Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies
Petitions for Renewal of Recognition
1. Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (Current and requested scope of recognition: the accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting English language programs and institutions in the United States).
2. Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (Current and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation throughout the United States of graduate-level, four-year naturopathic medical education programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) or Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.)).
3. National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (Current scope of recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences and massage therapy). (Requested scope of recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of postsecondary schools, including those granting occupational associate degrees, and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences and massage therapy).
4. Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee (Current scope of recognition: The accreditation of professional teacher education programs in institutions offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees for the preparation of K-12 teachers). (Requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation throughout the United States of professional teacher education programs in institutions offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees for the preparation of K-12 teachers).
Interim Report (An interim report is a follow-up report on an accrediting agency's compliance with specific criteria for recognition that was requested by the Secretary when the Secretary granted renewed recognition to the agency).
1. Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Commission on Accrediting.
Progress Report (A report describing the agency's implementation of its new standards and accreditation process).
1. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Start Printed Page 5176
State Agency Recognized for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education
Petition for Renewal of Recognition
1. New York State Board of Regents (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education).
Where Can I Inspect Petitions and Third-Party Comments Before and After the Meeting?
All petitions and those third-party comments received in advance of the meeting, will be available for public inspection and copying at the U.S. Department of Education, room 7105, MS 8509, 1990 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006, telephone (202) 219-7011 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, until May 9, 2005. They will be available again after the June 13, 2005 Advisory Committee meeting. An appointment must be made in advance of such inspection or copying.
How May I Obtain Electronic Access to This Document?
You may view this document, as well as all other Department of Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister.
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Dated: January 26, 2005.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. E5-366 Filed 1-31-05; 8:45 am]
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