[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 73 (Monday, April 15, 1996)]
[Pages 16469-16470]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-9136]



National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and 
Integrity; Meeting

AGENCY: National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and 
Integrity, Education.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed agenda of the National 
Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. Notice of 
this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public 
of its opportunity to attend this public meeting.

DATES AND TIMES: June 18-20, 1996, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Dupont Plaza Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20036.

Carol F. Sperry, Executive Director, National Advisory Committee on 
Institutional Quality and Integrity, U.S. Department of Education, 600 
Independence Avenue, SW., Room 3905, ROB 3, Washington, DC 20202-7592, 
telephone: (202 260-3636. 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Advisory Committee on 
Institutional Quality and integrity is established under Section 1205 
of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as amended by Public Law 102-325 (20 
U.S.C. 1145). The Committee advises the Secretary of Education with 
respect to the establishment and enforcement of the criteria of 
recognition of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2 of 
part H of Title IV, HEA, the recognition of specific accrediting 
agencies or associations, the preparation and publication of the list 
of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations, and the 
eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher 
education under Title IV, HEA. The Committee also develops and 
recommends to the Secretary standards and criteria for specific 
categories of vocational training institutions and institutions of 
higher education for which there are no recognized accrediting 
agencies, associations, or State agencies, in order to establish 
eligibility for such institutions on an interim basis for participation 
in federally funded programs.

AGENDA: The meeting on June 18-20, 1996 is open to the public. The 
Advisory Committee will review petitions of accrediting and State 
approval agencies relative to initial or continued recognition by the 
Secretary of Education. In all cases before the Committee, the 
Committee will hear presentations by any representatives who are 
present from the agency and any third parties who have requested to be 
heard. The following petitions are scheduled for review:

Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and Associations

    Petition for Initial Recognition--
    1. National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive 
Health (requested scope of recognition: the accreditation of women's 
health nurse practitioner education programs in reproductive health)
    2. Respiratory Health Accreditation Board (requested scope of 
recognition: the accreditation of respiratory care education programs)
    Petitions for Renewal of Recognition--
    1. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
(requested scope of recognition: As a coordinating agency for the 
accreditation of institutions and programs under the following allied 
health education committees:

    a. Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee.
    b. Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical 
    c. Joint Review Committee on Education in Electroneurodiagnostic 
    d. Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the EMT-
    e. Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (perfusionist).
    f. Accreditation Committee for Education for the Physician 
    g. Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education.
    h. Accreditation Review Committee for the Surgical Technologist).
    2. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on 
Secondary Schools (requested scope of recognition: the accreditation 
and preaccreditation of public vocational and technical schools 
offering non-degree postsecondary education in Delaware, the District 
of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, 
and the Virgin Islands)
    3. National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(requested scope of recognition: the accreditation of programs for the 
histologic technical/technologist)
    4. National League for Nursing, Inc. (requested scope of 
recognition: the accreditation of programs in practical nursing, and 
diploma, associate, baccalaureate, and higher degree nurse education 
    Interim Reports--
    An interim report is a follow-up on an accrediting agency's 
compliance with specific criteria for recognition that was requested by 
the Secretary when the Secretary granted recognition to the agency.

    1. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal 
Education and Admission to the Bar.
    2. Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.
    3. American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation.
    4. Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.
    5. Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission.
    6. National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and 
    7. National Environmental Health Science and Protection 
Accreditation Council.

State Agencies Recognized for the Approval of Public Postsecondary 
Vocational Education

    Petition for Renewal of Recognition--
    1. Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public 

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Vocational Technical Education Institutions and Programs

State Agencies Recognized for the Approval of Nurse Education

    Petition for Renewal of Recognition--
    1. Montana Board of Nursing.
    A request for comments on agencies whose petitions are being 
reviewed for initial or continued recognition during this meeting was 
published in the Federal Register on December 21, 1995.
    This notice invites third-party oral presentations before the 
Advisory Committee. It does not constitute another call for written 
comment. Requests for oral presentation before the Advisory Committee 
should be submitted in writing to Ms. Sperry at the address above by 
May 24, 1996. Requests should include the names of all persons seeking 
on appearance, the organization they represent, and a brief summary of 
the principal points to be made during the oral presentation. 
Presenters are requested not to distribute written materials at the 
meeting. Any written materials presenters may wish to give to the 
Advisory Committee must be submitted to Ms. Sperry by May 24, 1996 (one 
original and 25 copies). Only documents presenters submit by that date 
will be considered by the Advisory Committee.
    At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees may, at the discretion 
of the Committee chair, be invited to address the Committee briefly on 
issues pertaining to the functions of the Committee, as identified in 
the section above on Supplementary Information. Attendees interested in 
making such comments should inform Ms. Sperry before or during the 
    A record will be made of the proceedings of the meeting and will be 
available for public inspection at the Office of Postsecondary 
Education, U.S. Department of Education, 7th and D Streets, SW., room 
3905, ROB 3, Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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

    Dated: April 9, 1996.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 96-9136 Filed 4-12-96; 8:45 am]