[Federal Register: February 10, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 27)]
[Page 6733]
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Recognitiion of Accrediting Agencies, State Agencies for Approval 
of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, and State Agencies for 
Approval of Nurse Education

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Request for comments on agencies applying to the Secretary for 
Renewal of Recognition.


Karen W. Kershenstein, Director, Accreditation and Eligibility 
Determination Division, U.S. Department of Education, 7th and D 
Streets, S.W., Room 3915 ROB-3, Washington, DC 20202-5244, telephone: 
(202) 708-7417. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the 
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-
8339 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Submission of Third-Party Comments.

    The Secretary of Education recognizes, as reliable authorities as 
to the quality of education offered by institutions or programs within 
their scope, accrediting agencies and State approval agencies for 
public postsecondary vocational education and nurse education that meet 
certain criteria for recognition. A notice published in the Federal 
Register on December 29, 1997 (Volume 62, page 67632) invited 
interested third parties to present written comments on agencies 
scheduled for review at the June 1998 meeting of the National Advisory 
Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The purpose 
of this notice is to correct information that was provided in the 
December 29 notice regarding the names of two agencies that appeared in 
that notice, to add two other agencies to the list of agencies whose 
interim reports are to be reviewed at the June meeting, and to delete 
one agency, the Oklahoma State Board of Vocational and Technical 
Education, from that list. The correct information is included at the 
end of this notice. This notice also extends the deadline from February 
12, 1998 to March 12, 1998 for interested third parties to present 
written comments on the two agencies named in this notice that will be 
filing interim reports. All other provisions of the December 29, 1997 
Federal Register notice remain in effect.

Petitions for Renewal of Recognition

    1. Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (requested scope of 
recognition: the accreditation of two-year programs for the ophthalmic 
dispenser and one-year programs for the ophthalmic laboratory 
    2. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 
Board of Directors (requested scope of recognition: the accreditation 
and preaccreditation (``Candidate status'') of educational programs for 
the allied health occupations of cytotechnologist and 
electroneurodiagnostic technologist)

Interim Reports

    1. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on 
    2. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (Note: this agency 
was incorrectly listed as the Oklahoma State Board of Vocational and 
Technical Education in the December 29, 1997 notice.)

    Dated: February 5, 1998.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 98-3301 Filed 2-9-98; 8:45 am]