There is established in the Department a National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (hereafter in this section referred to as the “Committee”), which shall be composed of 15 members appointed by the Secretary from among individuals who are representatives of, or knowledgeable concerning, education and training beyond secondary education, including representatives of all sectors and types of institutions of higher education (as defined in section 1088(a) of this title), to assess the process of eligibility and certification of such institutions under subchapter IV of this chapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 and the provision of financial aid under subchapter IV of this chapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42. The Secretary may also appoint to the Committee representatives of the general public serving on the National Advisory Committee on Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility (as such Committee was in existence on July 23, 1992).
Terms of office of each member of the Committee shall be 3 years, except that—
(1) of the members first appointed to the Committee the Secretary shall designate—
(A) 5 such members to serve for a term of 1 year;
(B) 5 such members to serve for a term of 2 years; and
(C) 5 such members to serve for a term of 3 years; and
(2) any member appointed to fill in a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term.
The Committee shall—
(1) advise the Secretary with respect to establishment and enforcement of the standards of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2 of part G of subchapter IV of this chapter;
(2) advise the Secretary with respect to the recognition of a specific accrediting agency or association;
(3) advise the Secretary with respect to the preparation and publication of the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations;
(4) develop and recommend 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 the eligibility of such institutions on an interim basis for participation in federally funded programs;
(5) advise the Secretary with respect to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education under subchapter IV of this chapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, together with recommendations for improvements in such process;
(6) advise the Secretary with respect to the functions of the Secretary under subpart 1 of part G of subchapter IV of this chapter, relating to State institutional integrity standards;
(7) advise the Secretary with respect to the relationship between—
(A) accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions; and
(B) State licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions; and
(8) carry out such other advisory functions relating to accreditation and institutional eligibility as the Secretary may prescribe.
The Committee shall meet not less than twice each year at the call of the Chairperson. The date of, and agenda for, each meeting of the Committee shall be submitted in advance to the Secretary for approval. A representative of the Secretary shall be present at all meetings of the Committee.
The Committee shall, not later than November 30 of each year, make an annual report through the Secretary to the Congress. The annual report shall contain—
(1) a list of the members of the Committee and their addresses;
(2) a list of the functions of the Committee;
(3) a list of dates and places of each meeting during the preceding fiscal year; and
(4) a summary of the activities, findings and recommendations made by the Committee during the preceding fiscal year.
Subject to section 1233g(b) 1 of this title, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity shall continue to exist until September 30, 1998.
(Pub. L. 89–329, title XII, §1205, as added Pub. L. 96–374, title XII, §1201, Oct. 3, 1980, 94 Stat. 1495; amended Pub. L. 99–498, title XII, §1202, Oct. 17, 1986, 100 Stat. 1573; Pub. L. 102–325, title XII, §1203, July 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 793; Pub. L. 103–208, §2(j)(50)–(53), Dec. 20, 1993, 107 Stat. 2485.)
Section 1233g of this title, referred to in subsec. (f), was repealed by Pub. L. 103–382, title II, §212(a)(2), Oct. 20, 1994, 108 Stat. 3913.
A prior section 1145, Pub. L. 89–329, title XII, §1205, as added Pub. L. 90–575, title II, §291(a), Oct. 16, 1968, 82 Stat. 1049; amended Pub. L. 91–230, title IV, §401(h)(4), Apr. 13, 1970, 84 Stat. 174, established an Advisory Council on Graduate Education in the Office of Education, prior to repeal by section 1201 of Pub. L. 96–374.
1993—Pub. L. 103–208, §2(j)(50), substituted “National Advisory Committee” for “Committee” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–208, §2(j)(51), inserted “National Advisory” before first reference to “Committee”.
Subsec. (c)(1), (6). Pub. L. 103–208, §2(j)(52), substituted “part G of subchapter IV of this chapter” for “part G”.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 103–208, §2(j)(53), substituted “Institutional Quality and Integrity” for “Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility”.
1992—Pub. L. 102–325 amended section generally, substituting provisions establishing Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity for provisions establishing National Advisory Committee on Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility.
1986—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 99–498 substituted “September 30, 1991” for “September 30, 1985”.
Amendment by Pub. L. 103–208 effective as if included in the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, Pub. L. 102–325, except as otherwise provided, see section 5(a) of Pub. L. 103–208, set out as a note under section 1003 of this title.
Amendment by Pub. L. 102–325 effective Oct. 1, 1992, see section 2 of Pub. L. 102–325, set out as a note under section 1001 of this title.
Section effective Oct. 1, 1980, see section 1393(a) of Pub. L. 96–374, set out as an Effective Date of 1980 Amendment note under section 1001 of this title.
Advisory committees established after Jan. 5, 1973, to terminate not later than the expiration of the 2-year period beginning on the date of their establishment, unless, in the case of a committee established by the President or an officer of the Federal Government, such committee is renewed by appropriate action prior to the expiration of such 2-year period, or in the case of a committee established by Congress, its duration is otherwise provided by law. See section 14 of Pub. L. 92–463, Oct. 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 776, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
1 See References in Text note below.