[Federal Register: September 23, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 184)]
[Notices]
[Page 51529-51533]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr23se99-62]

[[Page 51529]]

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and State Approval
Agencies

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: List of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and State
Approval Agencies.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The U.S. Secretary of Education is required by statute to
publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and State
approval agencies (1) whose accreditation or approval is a required
element in enabling accredited or approved institutions, programs, or
both to establish eligibility to participate in Federal programs and
(2) whom the Secretary has determined to be reliable authorities
regarding the quality of education or training provided by the
institutions or programs these agencies accredit or approve. This
document contains the current list of nationally recognized agencies
and supersedes any previously published lists of these types of
agencies.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen W. Kershenstein, Director,
Accreditation and Eligibility Determination Division, U.S. Department
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 3012, 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 (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m.
and 8:00 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
paragraph.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As required by statute,\1\ the Secretary
issues the following list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies
and State approval agencies that the Secretary has determined to be
reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training
provided by the institutions, programs, or both that these agencies
accredit or approve. The criteria the Secretary uses in determining
whether a particular agency should be listed as a nationally recognized
accrediting agency are in 34 CFR Part 602, while the criteria for State
approval agencies are in 34 CFR Part 603. The dates in parentheses for
each agency are the date of initial listing as a nationally recognized
agency, the date of the Secretary's most recent grant of recognition to
the agency, and the date of the agency's next scheduled review for
continued recognition. The geographical scope of recognition of each
accrediting agency is the United States, unless stated otherwise. If
the Secretary has placed a limitation on the scope of an agency's
recognition for purposes of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of
1965, as amended, that limitation is noted in a ``Title IV Note'' for
that agency.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \1\ 20 U.S.C. 1094(c)(4), 1141(a), 1145(c)(3), 1401(a)(11)(E),
2471(25)(D), 4351(3), 25 U.S.C. 1813; 38 U.S.C. 3675(a); 42 U.S.C.
298b(6).
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

I. Regional Institutional Accrediting Agencies

    Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on
Higher Education (1952/1996/2001). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of
institutions of higher education 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.
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on
Institutions of Higher Education (1952/1997/2002). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for
Accreditation'') of institutions of higher education in Connecticut,
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont that
award bachelor's, master's, and/or doctoral degrees as well as
associate degree-granting institutions in those states that include
degrees in liberal arts or general studies among their offerings. This
recognition extends to the Board of Trustees of the Association jointly
with the Commission for decisions involving preaccreditation, initial
accreditation, and adverse actions.
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on
Technical and Career Institutions (1952/1997/2002). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidacy'') of
secondary institutions with vocational-technical programs at the 13th
and 14th level, postsecondary institutions, and institutions of higher
education that provide primarily vocational-technical education at the
certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree levels in Connecticut,
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This
recognition extends to the Board of Trustees of the Association jointly
with the Commission for decisions involving preaccreditation, initial
accreditation, and adverse actions. Title IV Note: Any public
vocational/technical schools accredited by this agency that offer non-
degree, postsecondary education and that wish to use that accreditation
to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs must be
accredited by the agency as offering education through the 13th and/or
14th grade level.
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on
Institutions of Higher Education (1952/1997/2002). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for
Accreditation'') of degree-granting institutions of higher education in
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the
Navajo Nation.
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on
Schools (1974/1998/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of schools offering
non-degree, postsecondary education in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado,
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West
Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Navajo Nation. Title IV Note:
Only those public vocational/technical schools accredited by this
agency that offer non-degree, postsecondary education may use that
accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV
programs.
    Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on
Colleges (1952/1997/2002). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of institutions of
higher education in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and
Washington.
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on
Colleges (1952/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of degree-granting
institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission
for Community and Junior Colleges (1952/1997/2002). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation

[[Page 51530]]

(``Candidate for Accreditation'') of community and junior colleges in
California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American
Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, and the Republic of the
Marshall Islands.
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission
for Schools (1974/1999/2003). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of adult and
postsecondary schools that offer programs below the degree level in
California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American
Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, and the Republic of the
Marshall Islands. Title IV Note: Only adult and postsecondary schools
accredited by this agency that offer postsecondary programs below the
degree level may use accreditation by this agency to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission
for Senior Colleges and Universities (1952/1995/2000). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for
Accreditation'') of senior colleges and universities in California,
Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the
Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth
of the Northern Marianna Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall
Islands.

II. National Institutional and Specialized Accrediting Agencies

    Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (1952/
1997/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of basic
(baccalaureate) and advanced (master's) level programs in engineering,
associate and baccalaureate degree programs in engineering technology,
and engineering-related programs at the baccalaureate and master's
degree level. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not
enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
(1988/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of first-
professional master's degree and professional master's level
certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of acupuncture or
Oriental medicine may use accreditation by this agency to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, Commission on
Accreditation (1952/1996/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of Bible
colleges and institutes offering undergraduate programs.
    Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (1982/1998/2002).
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private, postsecondary
allied health education institutions, private medical assistant
programs, public and private medical laboratory technician programs,
and allied health programs leading to certificates, diplomas, and the
Associate of Applied Science and the Associate of Occupational Science
degrees. Title IV Note: Only freestanding allied health education
schools may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility
to participate in Title IV programs.
    Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
(1967/1995/1999). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private,
postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting
institutions, including those granting associate and baccalaureate
degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for
occupational, trade and technical careers.
    Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services
Administration (1970/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation of graduate programs in health services administration.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the
entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title
IV programs.
    Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (1978/
1997/2002). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions of
higher education that offer non-collegiate continuing education
programs. Title IV Note: Only those institutions classified by this
agency as ``vocational'' may use accreditation by the agency to
establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (1956/
1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private
postsecondary institutions offering business and business-related
programs and the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Recognized
Candidate'') of junior and senior colleges of business (including
senior colleges with master's degree programs), as well as independent,
freestanding institutions offering only graduate business and business-
related programs at the master's degree level. Title IV Note: The only
institutions preaccredited by this agency that may use that
preaccreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV
programs are private, non-profit junior and senior colleges of business
and private, non-profit freestanding institutions offering only
graduate business and business-related programs at the master's degree
level.
    Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass
Communications (1952/1996/2001). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation of units within institutions offering professional
undergraduate and graduate (master's) degree programs in journalism and
mass communications. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does
not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    American Academy for Liberal Education (1995/1997/2001). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for
Accreditation'') of institutions of higher education and programs
within institutions of higher education that offer liberal arts degrees
at the baccalaureate level or a documented equivalency. Title IV Note:
Only institutions of higher education accredited by this agency may use
that accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV
programs.
    American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on
Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (1978/1995/
2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of clinical training
programs in marriage and family therapy at the master's, doctoral, and
postgraduate levels. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does
not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Council on
Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (1955/1996/
2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and
programs of nurse anesthesia at the certificate, master's, or doctoral
degree levels. Title IV Note: Only hospital-based nurse anesthesia
programs and freestanding nurse anesthesia institutions may use
accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in
Title IV programs.
    American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education
and Admissions to the Bar (1952/1997/2000). Scope of recognition: the

[[Page 51531]]

accreditation of law schools. Title IV Note: Only freestanding law
schools may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility
to participate in Title IV programs.
    American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on
Accreditation (1972/1997/2002). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
of institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and
bachelor's degrees in funeral service or mortuary science. Title IV
Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of funeral service or
mortuary science may use accreditation by this agency to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation
(1982/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Preaccreditation'') of basic certificate and
graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses, as
well as the accreditation and preaccreditation of pre-certification
nurse-midwifery education programs. Title IV Note: Accreditation by
this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (1952/1995/2000).
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation
(``Precandidate'' and ``Candidate'') of professional degree programs in
pharmacy leading to the degrees of Baccalaureate in Pharmacy and Doctor
of Pharmacy. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not
enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
(1952/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of
predoctoral dental education programs (programs leading to the D.D.S of
D.M.D degree); dental auxiliary education programs (dental assisting,
dental hygiene and dental laboratory technology); and advanced dental
educational programs (general practices residency, advanced general
dentistry, and the specialties of dental public health, endodontics,
oral pathology, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery,
pedodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics). Title IV Note:
Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits
to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    The American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation/
Approval for Dietetics Education (1974/1996/2001). 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. Title IV Note: Only postbaccalaureate dietetic internship
programs may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility
to participate in Title IV programs.
    American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council
for Occupational Therapy Education (1952/1995/2000). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation of entry-level professional occupational
therapy educational programs awarding baccalaureate degrees, post-
baccalaureate certificates, professional master's degrees, and combined
baccalaureate/master's degrees, and also for the accreditation of
occupational therapy assistant programs leading to an associate degree
or certificate. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not
enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    American Optometric Association, Council on Optometric Education
(1952/1997/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Reasonable Assurance'' and ``Preliminary Approval''
{for professional degree programs} and ``Candidacy Pending'' {for
optometric residency programs in Veterans' Administration facilities})
of professional optometric degree programs, optometric residency
programs, and optometric technician (associate degree) programs. Title
IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it
accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Professional Education
(1952/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Provisional Accreditation'') of freestanding
institutions of osteopathic medicine and programs leading to the degree
of Doctor of Osteopathy or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Title IV
Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of osteopathic medicine may
use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation
in Physical Therapy Education (1977/1996/2001). Scope of recognition:
the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation''
status) of programs for the preparation of physical therapists and
physical therapist assistants. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this
agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric
Medical Education (1952/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate Status'') of
freestanding colleges of podiatric medicine and programs of podiatric
medicine, including first professional programs leading to the degree
of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Title IV Note: Only freestanding
schools or colleges of podiatric medicine may use accreditation by this
agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
(1970/1997/1999). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of doctoral
programs in clinical, counseling, school and combined professional-
scientific psychology, predoctoral internship programs in professional
psychology, and postdoctoral residency programs in professional
psychology. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable
the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in
Title IV programs.
    American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Council on Academic
Accreditation (1967/1997/2002). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
and preaccreditation (``Candidacy Status'') of Master's and doctoral-
level degree programs in speech-language pathology and audiology. Title
IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it
accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
(1952/1997/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Reasonable Assurance'') of programs leading to
professional degrees (D.V.M. or D.M.V.) in veterinary medicine. Title
IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it
accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation
Commission (1969/1998/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
and preaccreditation (``Candidacy for Accredited Membership'') of
clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers and CPE and supervisory CPE
programs. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable
the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in
Title IV programs.
    Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools,
Accreditation Commission (1974/1997/2002). Scope of

[[Page 51532]]

recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Correspondent''
and ``Candidate'') of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools.
    Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada,
Commission on Accrediting (1952/1999/2003). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accredited
Status'') of freestanding institutions, as well as programs affiliated
with larger institutions, that offer graduate professional education
for ministry and graduate study of theology. Title IV Note: Only
freestanding institutions, colleges, or seminaries of theology may use
accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in
Title IV programs.
    Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (1985/1998/2001). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation of two-year programs for the ophthalmic
dispenser and one-year programs for the ophthalmic laboratory
technician. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable
the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in
Title IV programs.
    The Council on Chiropractic Education, Commission on Accreditation
(1974/1997/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of Doctor of
Chiropractic programs and single-purpose institutions offering the
Doctor of Chiropractic program. Title IV Note: Only freestanding
schools or colleges of chiropractic may use accreditation by this
agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Council on Education for Public Health (1974/1997/2001). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation
(``Preaccreditation'') 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. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this
agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (1987/1995/1999). Scope
of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for
Accreditation'') of institutions and graduate programs in Naturopathy
that lead to the degree of Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) or Doctor of
Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.). Title IV Note: Only freestanding
schools or colleges of naturopathic medicine or naturopathy may use
accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in
Title IV programs.
    Council on Occupational Education (1969/1997/2000). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for
Accreditation'') of non-degree granting postsecondary occupational/
vocational institutions and those postsecondary occupational/vocational
education institutions that grant the applied associate degree in
specific vocational/occupational fields.
    Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission
(1959/1996/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private
and non-private distance education institutions offering non-degree and
associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs primarily
through the distance learning method. Title IV Note: Accreditation by
this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine
Technology (1974/1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of
higher education programs for the nuclear medicine technologist. Title
IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it
accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (1957/
1995/2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of educational
programs for radiographers and radiation therapists. Title IV Note:
Only hospital-based radiologic technology programs and freestanding
radiologic technology institutions may use accreditation by this agency
to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    Liaison Committee on Medical Education (1952/1997/2002). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation of medical education programs leading to
the M.D. degree. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not
enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission
on Accreditation (1995/1999/2003). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation of Montessori teacher education institutions and programs
evaluated by the following review committees: the American Montessori
Society Review Committee and the Independent Review Committee. Title IV
Note: Only freestanding Montessori teacher education schools may use
accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in
Title IV programs. Further, that accreditation must have been granted
in conjunction with the accrediting activities of the review committees
listed above.
    National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (1974/
1996/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of programs in
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory
Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician-Associate Degree, Clinical
Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician-Certificate,
Histologic Technician/ Histotechnologist, and Pathologists' Assistant.
Title IV Note: Only hospital-based clinical laboratory science programs
and freestanding laboratory science institutions may use accreditation
by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV
programs.
    National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
(1970/1996/1999). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of
postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences.
    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health,
Council on Accreditation (1996/1998/2002). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation of women's health nurse practitioner programs. Title IV
Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it
accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on
Accreditation (1966/1997/2002). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
of institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting
and non-degree-granting programs in art, design, or art/design-related
disciplines. Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of
art and design may use accreditation by this agency to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on
Accreditation (1983/1997/2002). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
of institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting
and non-degree-granting programs in dance and dance-related
disciplines. Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of
dance may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on
Accreditation, Commission on Non-Degree-Granting Accreditation,
Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (1952/1997/2002).
Scope

[[Page 51533]]

of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and units within
institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
in music and music-related disciplines, including community/junior
colleges and independent degree-granting and non-degree-granting
institutions. Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of
music may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to
participate in Title IV programs.
    National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on
Accreditation (1982/1997/2002). Scope of recognition: the accreditation
of institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting
and non-degree-granting programs in theatre and theatre-related
disciplines. Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of
theatre may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility
to participate in Title IV programs.
    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (1952/1995/
2000). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of professional
education units providing baccalaureate and graduate degree programs
for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for
elementary and secondary schools. Title IV Note: Accreditation by this
agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation
Council (1995/1998/2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation and
preaccreditation (``Preaccreditation'') of baccalaureate programs in
environmental health science and protection. Title IV Note:
Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits
to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (1952/1998/
2001). Scope of recognition: the accreditation of programs in practical
nursing, and diploma, associate, baccalaureate and higher degree nurse
education programs. Title IV Note: Only diploma programs and practical
nursing programs not located in a regionally accredited college or
university may use accreditation by this agency to establish
eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
    New York State Board of Regents (1952/1995/2000). Scope of
recognition: the accreditation (registration) of collegiate degree-
granting programs or curricula offered by institutions of higher
education located in the state of New York and of credit-bearing
certificate and diploma programs offered by degree-granting
institutions of higher education located in the state of New York.
    Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools,
Accrediting Commission (1991/1996/1999). Scope of recognition: the
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of
postsecondary institutions that offer certificates, diplomas, and
associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees.
III. State Approval Agencies for Public Postsecondary Vocational
Education
Kansas State Board of Education (1975/1998/2002)
Missouri State Board of Education (1974/1999/2003)
New York State Board of Regents (1974/1998/2002)
    Oklahoma State Board of Vocational and Technical Education (1976/
1998/2002). Scope of recognition: the approval of public postsecondary
vocational education offered at institutions in the State of Oklahoma
that are not under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma State Regents for
Higher Education.
    Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (1976/1996/2000). Scope
of recognition: the approval of public postsecondary vocational
education in the state of Oklahoma for which credit earned is applied
toward a degree, diploma, or other postsecondary academic or collegiate
award given at State institutions comprising the Oklahoma State System
of Higher Education.
    Puerto Rico Human Resources and Occupational Development Council
(1983/1996/2000).
    Utah State Board for Applied Technology Education (1976/1998/2002).
IV. State Approval Agencies for Nurse Education
Iowa Board of Nursing (1969/1998/2002)
Maryland Board of Nursing (1985/1998/2002)
Missouri State Board of Nursing (1970/1999/2003)
Montana Board of Nursing (1969/1996/2000)
New Hampshire Board of Nursing (1969/1999/2003)
New York State Board of Regents (1969/1998/2002)

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 either of the
following sites:

http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm
http://www.ed.gov/news.html

    To use the PDF you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you
have questions about using the PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing
Office toll free at 1-888-293-6498, or in the Washington, DC, area at
(202) 512-1530.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1094(c)(4), 1141(a), 1145(c)(3),
1401(a)(11)(E), 2471(25)(D), 4351(3), 25 U.S.C. 1813; 38 U.S.C.
3675(a); 42 U.S.C. 298b(6).

    Dated: September 20, 1999.
Richard W. Riley,
Secretary of Education.
[FR Doc. 99-24835 Filed 9-22-99; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4000-01-P