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A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education

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The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Department of Education.


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This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, (Commission). The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.


Monday, October 17, 2005.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


The Commission will meet in Washington, DC at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

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Cheryl Oldham, Executive Director, A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 205-5233.

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The Commission is established by the Secretary of Education to begin a national dialogue about the future of higher education in this country. The purpose of the Commission is to consider how best to improve our system of higher education to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to meet our future workforce needs and are able to participate fully in the changing economy. The Commission shall consider Federal, State, local and institutional roles in higher education and analyze whether the current goals of higher education are appropriate and achievable. The Commission will also focus on the increasing tuition costs and the perception of many families, particularly low-income families, that higher education is inaccessible.

The agenda for this first meeting will include a welcome by Department officials followed by a roundtable discussion focusing on the strategies for accomplishing their mission as stated in their charter. A written report to the Secretary is due by August 1, 2006. The commissioners will also participate in an orientation and administrative briefings on FACA, Ethics issues, and Federal travel regulations.

Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, or materials in alternative format) should notify Tracy Harris at (202) 260-3644 no later than October 7, 2005. We will attempt to meet requests for accommodations after this date but cannot guarantee their availability. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Individuals interested in attending the meeting must register in advance because of limited space issues. Please contact Tracy Harris at (202) 260-3644 or by e-mail at Tracy.

Opportunities for public comment will soon be available at the Commission's Web site which is being developed. Records are kept of all Commission proceedings and are available for public inspection at the staff office for the Commission from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Dated: September 23, 2005.

Margaret Spellings,

Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

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[FR Doc. 05-19466 Filed 9-28-05; 8:45 am]