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Summary: The purpose of this notice is to announce the public meeting of the National Advisory Committee and invite third-party oral presentations before the Committee.

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Summary: The purpose of this notice is to announce the public meeting of the National Advisory Committee and invite third-party oral presentations before the Committee.

[Federal Register: March 21, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 55)]
[Notices]              
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and
Integrity, (National Advisory Committee); Meeting

AGENCY: National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and
Integrity, Department of Education.

What Is the Purpose of This Notice?

    The purpose of this notice is to announce the public meeting of the
National Advisory Committee and invite third-party oral presentations
before the Committee. This notice also presents the proposed agenda and
informs the public of its opportunity to attend this meeting. The
notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the
Federal Advisory Committee Act.

When and Where Will the Meeting Take Place?

    We will hold the public meeting on June 3, 2002 from 9:30 a.m.
until 6:00 p.m., on June 4, 2002 from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and on
June 5, 2002 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Wyndham City Center
Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. You may
call the hotel at (202) 775-0800 or 1-800-526-7495 to inquire about
rooms.

What Assistance Will Be Provided to Individuals with Disabilities?

    The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If
you will need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting
(e.g., interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials
in an alternate format), notify the contact person listed in this
notice at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although
we will attempt to meet a request received after that date, we may not
be able to make available the requested auxiliary aid or service
because of insufficient time to arrange it.

Who Is the Contact Person for the Meeting?

    Please contact Ms. Bonnie LeBold, the Executive Director of the
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, if
you have questions about the meeting. You may contact her at the U.S.
Department of Education, room 7007, MS 7592, 1990 K St., NW,
Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202) 219-7009, fax: (202) 219-7008,
e-mail:
Bonnie.LeBold@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 National 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.

What Are the Functions of the National Advisory Committee?

    The Committee advises the Secretary of Education about:
   
T he establishment and enforcement of the criteria for
recognition of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2 of
part H of Title IV, HEA.
   
T he recognition of specific accrediting agencies or
associations.
   
T he preparation and publication of the list of nationally
recognized accrediting agencies and associations.
   
T he eligibility and certification process for institutions
of higher education under Title IV, HEA.
   
T he development of standards and criteria for specific
categories of vocational training institutions and institutions of
higher education for which there are no recognized accrediting
agencies, associations, or State agencies in order to establish the
interim eligibility of those institutions to participate in Federally
funded programs.
   
T he relationship between: (1) accreditation of
institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility
of such institutions, and (2) State licensing responsibilities with
respect to such institutions.
   
A ny other advisory functions relating to accreditation and
institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe.

What Items Will be on the Agenda for Discussion at the Meeting?

    Agenda topics will include the review of agencies that have
submitted petitions for initial recognition or renewal of recognition,
requested an expansion of scope, or submitted interim reports.

What Agencies Will the Advisory Committee Review at the Meeting?

    The Advisory Committee will review the following agencies during
its June 3-5, 2002 meeting.

Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies

Petition for Initial Recognition

    1. Teacher Education Accreditation Council (Requested scope of
recognition: the accreditation of professional education programs in
institutions offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees for the
preparation of teachers K-12)

Petitions for Renewal of Recognition

    1. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Council on
Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (Current scope
of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse
anesthesia at the certificate, master's, or doctoral degree levels)
    2. Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools,
Accreditation Commission (Current scope of recognition: the
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Correspondent'' and
``Candidate'') of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools)
    3. American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on
Accreditation (Current scope of recognition: the accreditation of
institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and
bachelor's degrees in funeral service or mortuary science)
    4. Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services
Administration (Current scope of recognition: the accreditation
throughout the United States of graduate programs in health services
administration)
    5. The American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation
for Dietetics Education (Current scope of recognition: the
accreditation of Coordinated Programs in Dietetics at both the
undergraduate and graduate level, postbaccalaureate Dietetic
Internships, and Dietetic Technician Programs at the associate degree
level) (Requested expansion of scope of recognition: the current scope
of recognition to include the accreditation of Didactic Programs in
Dietetics at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and its
accreditation of programs offered via distance education.)
    6. Council on Education for Public Health (Current scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Preaccreditation
Status'') of graduate schools of public health, graduate programs in
community health education outside schools of public health, and
graduate programs in community health/preventive medicine outside
schools of public health)

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    7. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (Current scope of
recognition: the accreditation of medical education programs leading to
the M.D. degree)
    8. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on
Higher Education (Current scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Candidate Status'') of institutions in Delaware,
the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Republic of Panama and a
limited number of freestanding American-style institutions abroad that
are chartered or licensed by an appropriate agency within the Middle
States region)
    9. National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health,
Council on Accreditation (Current scope of recognition: the
accreditation of women's health nurse practitioner programs located
within the United States and its territories)
    10. New York Board of Regents (Current scope of recognition: The
accreditation (registration) of collegiate degree-granting programs or
curricula offered by institutions of higher education in the State of
New York and of credit-bearing certificate and diploma programs offered
by degree-granting institutions of higher education in the State of New
York)
    Interim Reports (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. Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
    2. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission
on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    3. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal
Education and Admissions to the Bar
    4. American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Professional
Education
    5. American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric
Medical Education
    6. Council on Occupational Education
    7. Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
    8. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    9. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Executive
Board of the Commission on Schools

State Agencies 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)

Interim Report

    1. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

State Agencies Recognized for the Approval of Nurse Education

Petition for Initial Recognition

    1. North Dakota Board of Nursing

Petition for Renewal of Recognition

    1. New York State Board of Regents (Nursing Education)

Who Can Make Third-Party Oral Presentations at this Meeting?

    We invite you to make a third-party oral presentation before the
National Advisory Committee concerning the recognition of any agency
published in this notice.

How Do I Request to Make an Oral Presentation?

    You must submit a written request to make an oral presentation
concerning an agency listed in this notice to the contact person so
that the request is received no later than May 10, 2002. Your request
(no more than 6 pages maximum) must include:

   
T he names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of
all persons seeking an appearance,
   
T he organization they represent, and
   
A brief summary of the principal points to be made during
the oral presentation.

    If you wish, you may attach documents illustrating the main points
of your oral testimony. Please keep in mind, however, that any
attachments are included in the 6-page limit. Please do not send
materials directly to Committee members. Only materials submitted by
the deadline to the contact person listed in this notice and in
accordance with these instructions become part of the official record
and are considered by the Committee in its deliberations. Documents
received after the May 10, 2002 deadline will not be distributed to the
Advisory Committee for their consideration. Individuals making oral
presentations may not distribute written materials at the meeting.

If I Cannot Attend the Meeting, Can I Submit Written Comments
Regarding an Accrediting Agency in Lieu of Making an Oral
Presentation?

    This notice requests third-party oral testimony, not written
comment. A request for written comments on agencies that are being
reviewed during this meeting was published in the Federal Register on
February 1, 2002. The Advisory Committee will receive and consider only
written comments submitted by the deadline specified in that Federal
Register notice.

How Do I Request to Present Comments Regarding General Issues
Rather Than Specific Accrediting Agencies?

    At the conclusion of the meeting, the Committee, at its discretion,
may invite attendees to address the Committee briefly on issues
pertaining to the functions of the Committee, which are listed earlier
in this notice. If you are interested in making such comments, you
should inform Ms. LeBold before or during the meeting.

How May I Obtain Access to the Records of the Meeting?

    We will record the meeting and make a transcript available for
public inspection at the U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St., NW.,
Washington, DC 20006 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except Federal holidays. It is preferred that an
appointment be made in advance of such inspection.

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://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S.
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal
Regulations is available on GPO Access at:
http://
www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html
.


    Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.


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    Dated: March 14, 2002.
Kenneth W. Tolo,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning, and Innovation,
Office of Postsecondary Education.
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