FR Doc 2010-20908
[Federal Register: August 23, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 162)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and 
Integrity (NACIQI) Meeting

AGENCY: National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and 
Integrity, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

Purpose: Revised meeting notice and solicitation of third-party written 
comments.

SUMMARY: This notice advises interested parties of changes concerning 
the scheduling of the first meeting of the reconstituted National 
Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and 
amends information provided in the original meeting notice published in 
the April 23, 2010 Federal Register (75 FR 21280).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Lewis, Executive Director, 
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, 
U.S. Department of Education, Room 8060, 1990 K Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202) 219-7009; fax: (202) 219-7005, 
e-mail: Melissa.Lewis@ed.gov. 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 8 p.m. Eastern time, 
Monday through Friday. For individuals who will need accommodations for 
a disability in order to attend the meeting (i.e. interpreter services, 
assistive listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format), 
they should contact Melissa Lewis, telephone: (202 219-7009); e-mail: 
Melissa.Lewis@ed.gov no later than November 1, 2010. We will attempt to 
meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee the availability of 
the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible.
    Revised Information: (1) The NACIQI is now scheduled to meet on 
Wednesday-Friday, December 1-3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 
p.m. The NACIQI will not meet on Tuesday-Thursday, September 14-16, 
2010. Printed meeting materials, including but not limited to the 
Department's staff analyses, will not be available at the meeting. 
Instead, the Department will offer electronic copies of meeting 
materials by making them available on the NACIQI Web site, 
http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/naciqi.html, approximately two weeks 
in advance of the meeting and will provide them on CDs at the meeting. (2) 
Changes in the list of agencies originally proposed for review at the 
meeting include:
     The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation 
and School Improvement, which was originally proposed for review during 
the NACIQI's September 2010 meeting, is no longer proposed for review 
because it is now considered a new agency known as AdvancED.
     The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 
Commission on Technical and Career Institutions, which was originally 
proposed for review during the NACIQI's September 2010 meeting, is no 
longer proposed for review because they no longer wish to seek 
continued recognition from the Department of Education.
    (3) Because of the new meeting date and the revised list of 
agencies, written third-party comments may be submitted up to September 
22, 2010 for consideration.
    In all instances, written comments about agencies seeking initial 
recognition, continued recognition, and/or an expansion of an agency's 
scope of recognition must relate to the Criteria for Recognition found 
at section 496 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and 34 
CFR parts 602 and 603. In addition, comments for any agency whose 
interim report/compliance report is proposed for review must relate to 
the issues raised within the letter that requested the report.
    The agencies proposed for review now comprise:
    Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies.
    Compliance Reports.
    1. Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, 
Accreditation Commission.
    2. Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
    3. Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational 
Program.
    4. Council on Education for Public Health.
    5. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (progress 
report).
    6. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association 
of Colleges and Schools.
    Petition for Initial Recognition.
    1. AdvancED.
    Petitions for Renewal of Recognition.
    1. American Academy for Liberal Education.
    2. American Board of Funeral Service Education.
    3. American Speech Language Hearing Association, Council on 
Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
    4. Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.
    5. Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.
    6. Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.
    7. Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, 
Commission on Accreditation.
    8. National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and 
Sciences.
    9. Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting 
Commission for Schools.
    State Agencies Recognized for the Approval of Nurse Education.

1. Missouri State Board of Nursing

    When, where, and how should I submit my written comments?
    Submit your written comments by e-mail no later than September 22, 
2010 to the Accreditation and State Liaison (ASL) Records Manager at 
aslrecordsmanager@ed.gov with the subject line listed ``Written 
Comments re: (agency name).'' In all instances, your comments about 
agencies seeking continued recognition and/or an expansion of an 
agency's scope of recognition must relate to the Criteria for 
Recognition.
    Do not send material directly to NACIQI members.
    Only materials submitted by the deadline to the e-mail address 
listed in this notice, and in accordance with these instructions, 
become part of the official record and are considered by the Department 
and the NACIQI in their deliberations.
    Will this be my only opportunity to submit written comments 
regarding agencies listed in this notice that are proposed to be 
reviewed by NACIQI at the meeting?
    Yes. This notice announces the only opportunity you will have to 
submit written comments on those agencies for this meeting. However, a 
subsequent Federal Register notice will publish another meeting notice 
and invite individuals and groups to submit requests to make oral 
presentations before the NACIQI on the agencies proposed for review. 
That notice, however, does not offer a second opportunity to submit 
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comments. If other agencies are added to the agenda when it is 
finalized, an additional notice will be published soliciting written 
comment on those agencies.
    What happens to the written comments that I submit or submitted in 
response to the April 23, 2010 Federal Register notice?
    Any third-party written comments regarding an agency received by 
September 22, 2010, in accordance with either this Federal Register 
notice, or with the April 23, 2010 Federal Register notice cited above, 
will become part of the official record. Those comments will be 
considered by the Department in its review of the agency's submission 
and by the NACIQI at the December 2010 meeting.
    What happens to comments received after the deadline?
    Department staff will review any comments received after the 
deadline. If such comments, upon investigation, reveal that the agency 
is not acting in accordance with the Criteria for Recognition, we will 
take action either before or after the meeting, as appropriate. 
Documents responsive to this notice but received after September 22, 
2010 will not be distributed to the NACIQI for its consideration. 
Individuals making oral presentations may not distribute written 
materials at the meeting.
    How may I obtain 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 the following site: 
http://www2.ed.gov/news/fedregister/index.html. To use PDF, you must 
have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site.

    Note:  The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: 
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.


    Authority:  5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.

Eduardo M. Ochoa,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2010-20908 Filed 8-20-10; 8:45 am]
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