Summary: Accrediting agencies and State approval agencies for vocational and nurse education institutions; national recognition
[Federal Register: September 11, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 175)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, State Agencies for the
Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, and State
Agencies for the Approval of Nurse Education
AGENCY: National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and
Integrity, Department of Education (The Advisory Committee).
What Is the Purpose of This Notice?
This notice invites written comments on the interim report and
request for an expansion of scope of recognition submitted by The
Association for Biblical Higher Education that will be reviewed at the
Advisory Committee meeting to be held on December 17-19, 2007. The
agency was not included in the list of accrediting agencies to be
reviewed in the original notice inviting written comments published in
the Federal Register on August 1, 2007.
Interim Report/Request for an Expansion of Scope of Recognition
1. The Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on
Accreditation (Current scope of recognition: The accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of Bible colleges
and institutes in the United States offering undergraduate programs.)
(Requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation
of institutions of biblical higher education in the United States
offering undergraduate programs through both campus-based instruction
and distance education.)
Where Should I Submit My Comments?
Please submit your written comments by mail, fax, or e-mail no
later than September 28, 2007 to Ms. Robin Greathouse, Accreditation
and State Liaison. You may contact her at the U.S. Department of
Education, Room 7126, 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, another 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 an 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 Association for Biblical Higher Education's
compliance with the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition of Accrediting
Agencies. The Criteria are regulations found in 34 CFR Part 602 (for
accrediting agencies). We will also respond to your comments, as
appropriate, in the staff analysis we present to the Advisory Committee
at its December 2007 meeting. Therefore, in order for us to give full
consideration to your comments, it is important that we receive them by
September 28, 2007. In all instances, your comments regarding The
Association for Biblical Higher Education must relate to the Criteria
for the Recognition cited in the Secretary's letter that requested the
interim report. You may obtain a copy of the Secretary's letter by
calling (202) 219-7011.
What Happens to Comments Received After the Deadline?
We will treat any negative comments received after the deadline as
complaints. 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. We will also notify the commentors of the disposition of
Where Can I Inspect Petitions and Third-Party Comments Before and After
All petitions and those third-party comments received in advance of
the meeting will be available for public inspection at the U.S.
Department of Education, Room 7126, 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 November 19, 2007. They
will be available again after the December 17-19, 2007 Advisory
Committee meeting. An appointment must be made in advance of such
Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.
Dated: September 5, 2007.
Diane Auer Jones, Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. E7-17824 Filed 9-10-07; 8:45 am]
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