FR Doc E7-21665
[Federal Register: November 5, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 213)]
[Page 62458-62459]
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Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: Symposium

AGENCY: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Education.

ACTION: Notice of an Opening Meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming symposium of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial 
Assistance (The Advisory Committee). This notice also describes the 
functions of the Advisory Committee. Notice of this symposium is 
required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
This document is intended to notify the general public.
    Date and Time: Monday, December 10, 2007, beginning at 9 a.m. and 
ending at approximately 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Holiday Inn on the Hill, Federal Ballroom, Lobby Level, 415 
New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington DC 20001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper, Deputy 
Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Capitol 
Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC 20202-7582, (202) 
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee on Student Financial 
Assistance is established under section 491 of the Higher Education Act 
of 1965 as amended by Public Law 100-50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). The Advisory 
Committee serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the 
Congress and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid 
policy. Since its inception, the congressional mandate requires the 
Advisory Committee to conduct objective, nonpartisan, and independent 
analyses on important aspects of the student assistance programs under 
Title IV of the Higher Education Act, and to make recommendations that 
will result in the maintenance of access to postsecondary education for 
low- and middle-income students. In addition, Congress expanded the 
Advisory Committee's mission in the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 
to include several important areas: Access, Title IV modernization, 
distance education, and early information and needs assessment. 
Specifically, the Advisory Committee is to review, monitor and evaluate 
the Department of Education's progress in these areas and report 
recommended improvements to Congress and the Secretary.
    The Advisory Committee has scheduled this one-day symposium to 
discuss issues affecting community colleges, particularly as they 
relate to enrollment, persistence, and transfer between two- and four-
year institutions.
    The proposed agenda will include testimony and discussion by 
community college leaders, policymakers, researchers and practitioners 
on (a) best practices used to inform students about college and help 
students prepare to enroll in community colleges; (b) the types of 
programs and efforts needed to better ensure the persistence and degree 
completion of community college students; and (c) innovative programs 
that facilitate the transfer process from two-year to four-year 
institutions. The Advisory Committee will also conduct a public comment 
and discussion session.
    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order 
to attend the Symposium (i.e., interpreting services, assistive 
listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should 
notify the Advisory Committee no later than Thursday, November 29, 2007 
by contacting Ms. Hope Gray at (202) 219-2099 or via e-mail at We will attempt to meet requests after this date, but 
cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. The 
symposium site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
    The Advisory Committee invites the public to submit written 
comments on the agenda topics to the following e-mail address: Information regarding the topics covered at the symposium 
will also be available on the Advisory Committee's Web site,
 We must receive your comments on or before Friday, 

November 30, 2007 to be included in the symposium materials.
    Space for the symposium is limited and you are encouraged to 
register early if you plan to attend. You may register by sending an e-
mail to the following address: or Please include your name, title, 
affiliation, complete address (including internet and e-mail address, 
if available), and telephone and fax numbers. If you are unable to 
register electronically, you may fax your registration information to 
the Advisory Committee staff office at (202) 219-3032. You may also 
contact the Advisory Committee staff directly at (202) 219-2099. The 
registration deadline is Friday, November 30, 2007.
    Records are kept for Advisory Committee proceedings, and are 
available for inspection at the Office of the Advisory Committee on 
Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 
413, Washington, DC from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. Information regarding the 
Advisory Committee is available on the Committee's Web site,

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    Dated: October 30, 2007.
William J. Goggin,
Executive Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
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