FR Doc 06-3185
[Federal Register: April 4, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 64)]
[Notices]               
[Page 16769-16770]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on 
the Future of Higher Education

AGENCY: A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on 
the Future of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an 
upcoming open meeting of A National Dialogue: The Secretary of 
Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, (Commission). 
The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of 
this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity 
to attend.

DATES: Thursday, May 18, 2006, and Friday, May 19, 2006.

Time: May 18, 2006: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; May 19, 2006: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Commission will meet in Washington, DC, at The Watergate 
Hotel, 2650 Virginia Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Oldham, Executive Director, A 
National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the 
Future of Higher Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20202-3510; telephone: (202) 401-0429.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission is established by the 
Secretary of Education to begin a national dialogue about the future of 
higher education in this country. The

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purpose of this Commission is to consider how best to improve our 
system of higher education to ensure that our graduates are well 
prepared to meet our future workforce needs and are able to participate 
fully in the changing economy. The Commission shall consider federal, 
state, local and institutional roles in higher education and analyze 
whether the current goals of higher education are appropriate and 
achievable. The Commission will also focus on the increasing tuition 
costs and the perception of many families, particularly low-income 
families, that higher education is inaccessible.
    The agenda for this meeting will include a discussion between 
commission members regarding preliminary findings, possible 
recommendations and a proposed format for the final report. A written 
report to the Secretary is due by August 2006.
    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order 
to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistive listening 
devices, or materials in alternative format) should notify Kristen 
Vetri at (202) 401-0429 no later than May 8, 2006. We will attempt to 
meet requests for accommodations after this date but cannot guarantee 
their availability. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with 
disabilities.
    Individuals interested in attending the meeting must register in 
advance because of limited space issues. Please contact Kristen Vetri 
at (202) 401-0429 or by e-mail at Kristen.Vetri@ed.gov.
    Opportunities for public comment are available through the 
Commission's Web site at 
http://www.ed.gov/about/ bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/index.html. Records are kept of all Commission proceedings 
and are available for public inspection at the staff office for the 
Commission from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Dated: March 27, 2006.
Margaret Spellings,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
[FR Doc. 06-3185 Filed 4-3-06; 8:45 am]

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