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About OPE - Policy, Planning, and Innovation

Under the leadership of Deputy Assistant Secretary Lynn B. Mahaffie, PPI develops postsecondary education policy and legislative proposals and is responsible for budget formulation and forecasting for programs administered by OPE. PPI leads OPE strategic planning efforts, is responsible for developing OPE program performance measures, and conducts a number of data collections.

The Accreditation Group administers the Department's review process of accrediting agencies and state approval agencies for postsecondary vocational education and nurse education seeking to obtain initial and continued recognition by the Secretary of Education. The Accreditation Group carries out the Secretary's responsibility to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations which the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education and training offered by postsecondary institutions and programs. This group provides a list of Postsecondary Educational Institutions and Programs Accredited by Accrediting Agencies and State Approval Agencies Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Further information is available by calling (202) 219-7011.

The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity provides recommendations to the Secretary of Education regarding the recognition of accrediting agencies as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education and training offered by postsecondary educational institutions and programs. The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation makes determinations as to whether the standards used by foreign countries to accredit medical schools are comparable to the standards used to accredit programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States. The Executive Director for both committees may be reached at (202) 219-7009.

Further information about PPI and its activities can be obtained by calling (202) 502-7950.

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education
1990 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

Last Modified: 01/28/2015