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Download as PDF 57570 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 190 / Monday, October 3, 2005 / Notices measures and will be analyzed in the EIS. These include water quality, anadromous fish, cultural resources, and socio-economics. The Corps expects other resource concerns to be identified during the scoping process. The EIS will address measures, alternatives, and impacts on a programmatic level, but will not address site-specific actions. However, the EIS will present the coordination and environmental review steps the Corps will take with regard to subsequent sitespecific actions. The Corps currently anticipates conducting public scoping for this EIS in early 2006. The exact dates, times, and locations of these meetings have not yet been set. The Corps will publicize this information once the meeting arrangements have been made. The Corps invites affected Federal, state, and local agencies, affected Native American tribes, and other interested organizations and persons to participate in the development of the EIS. The Corps will also invite input from the local, interagency sediment management group formed under the Northwest Regional Dredging Team. The draft EIS is currently scheduled to be available for public review in fall 2008. The final EIS is currently scheduled to be available for public review in fall 2009. Randy L. Glaeser, LTC, EN, Commanding. [FR Doc. 05–19694 Filed 9–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–GC–M Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Department of Education. The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 2, 2005. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Rachel Potter, Desk Officer, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or faxed to (202) 395–6974. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: September 27, 2005. Angela C. Arrington, Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer. requirements, along with relevant ED forms. This information collection is being submitted under the Streamlined Clearance Process for Discretionary Grant Information Collections (1890– 0001). Therefore, the 30-day public comment period notice will be the only public comment notice published for this information collection. Requests for copies of the information collection submission for OMB review may be accessed from http:// edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 2868. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments ’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202–4700. Requests may also be electronically mailed to the Internet address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or faxed to 202–245–6623. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be directed to Sheila Carey at her e-mail address Sheila.Carey@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339. [FR Doc. 05–19688 Filed 9–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P Office of Vocational and Adult Education DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DATES: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. OMB may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal law, or substantially interfere with any agency’s ability to perform its statutory obligations. The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes that notice containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g. new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites public comment. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Type of Review: Extension. Title: The State Scholars Initiative. Frequency: Annually. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 20. Burden Hours: 1,000. Abstract: The purpose of the State Scholars Initiative is to support a nonprofit entity that will fund state business-education partnerships that promote rigorous course work among high school students in their states, by encouraging and motivating high school students to select rigorous courses of study that will benefit them in their future careers, postsecondary education, or training. The State Scholars cooperative agreement application package includes information for applicants with selection criteria, program requirements, application requirements, and eligibility National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (National Advisory Committee); Meeting PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, Department of Education. AGENCY: What Is the Purpose of This Notice? The purpose of this notice is to announce the public meeting of the National Advisory Committee and invite third-party oral presentations before the Committee. This notice also presents the proposed agenda and informs the public of its opportunity to attend this meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. When and Where Will the Meeting Take Place? We will hold the public meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2005, from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 5:15 p.m.; E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 190 / Monday, October 3, 2005 / Notices on Thursday, December 8, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5:15 p.m., and on Friday, December 9, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room at the DoubleTree Hotel—Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. You may call the hotel on (703) 416– 4100 to inquire about rooms. What Assistance Will Be Provided to Individuals With Disabilities? The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you will need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting (e.g., interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format), notify the contact person listed in this notice at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although we will attempt to meet a request received after that date, we may not be able to make available the requested auxiliary aid or service because of insufficient time to arrange it. Who Is the Contact Person for the Meeting? Please contact Ms. Francesca ParisAlbertson, in the office of Executive Director of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, if you have questions about the meeting. You may contact her at the U.S. Department of Education, room 7107, 1990 K St., NW., Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202) 502–7671, fax: (202) 219–7008, e-mail: Francesca.ParisAlbertson@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. What Is the Authority for the National Advisory Committee? The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity is established under Section 114 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1011c. What Are the Functions of the National Advisory Committee? The Committee advises the Secretary of Education about: • The establishment and enforcement of the Criteria for 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 • The eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education under Title IV, HEA. • The development of 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 interim eligibility of those institutions to participate in Federally funded programs. • The relationship between: (1) Accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions, and (2) State licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions. • Any other advisory functions relating to accreditation and institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe. What Items Will be on the Agenda for Discussion at the Meeting? Agenda topics will include the review of agencies that have submitted petitions for renewal of recognition and/ or an expansion of an agency’s scope of recognition, and the review of agencies that have submitted an interim report or a progress report. What Agencies Will the National Advisory Committee Review at the Meeting? The following agencies will be reviewed during the December 7–9, 2005 meeting of the National Advisory Committee: Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies Petition for an Expansion of the Scope of Recognition 1. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (Current scope of recognition: The accreditation of private, postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions in the United States, including those granting associate and baccalaureate degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including institutions that offer programs via distance education.) (Requested scope of recognition: The accreditation of private, postsecondary, non-degreegranting institutions and degreegranting institutions in the United States, including those granting associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57571 careers, and including institutions that offer programs via distance education.) Petitions for Renewal of Recognition 1. Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Current scope of recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of first-professional master’s degree and professional master’s level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.) (Requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation throughout the United States of firstprofessional Master’s degree and professional Master’s level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.) 2. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (Current and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidacy’’) throughout the United States of clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy at the master’s, doctoral, and postgraduate levels.) 3. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (Current and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of programs in legal education that lead to the first professional degree in law, as well as freestanding law schools offering such programs.) 4. American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (Current and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Provisional Accreditation’’) throughout the United States of freestanding, public and private non-profit institutions of osteopathic medicine and programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.) 5. American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education (Current and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate Status’’) throughout the United States of freestanding colleges of podiatric medicine and programs of podiatric medicine, including first professional programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.) E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 57572 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 190 / Monday, October 3, 2005 / Notices 6. Council on Occupational Education (Current scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidacy status’’) throughout the United States of non-degree granting postsecondary occupational/vocational institutions and those postsecondary occupational/vocational education institutions that have state authorization to grant the applied associate degree in specific vocational/occupational fields.) (Requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidacy status’’) throughout the United States of postsecondary occupational education institutions offering non-degree and applied associate degree programs in specific career and technical education fields, including institutions that offer programs via distance education.) Note: This requested scope of recognition differs from the requested scope of recognition in the July 25, 2005 Federal Register that invited written comments. The agency requested the revised language to clarify the scope and replace the terms ‘‘vocational/occupational’’ with ‘‘career and technical.’’ 7. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (Current and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of professional education units providing baccalaureate and graduate degree programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools.) 8. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (Current and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate status’’) of secondary institutions with vocationaltechnical programs at the 13th and 14th grade level, postsecondary institutions, and institutions of higher education that provide primarily vocational/technical education at the certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree levels in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This recognition extends to the Board of Trustees of the Association jointly with the Commission for decisions involving preaccreditation, initial accreditation, and adverse actions.) Interim Report (An interim report is a follow-up report on an accrediting agency’s compliance with specific criteria for recognition that was requested by the Secretary when the Secretary granted renewed recognition to the agency.) VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 1. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. 2. National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation. 3. National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation. 4. National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Non-Degree-Granting Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation. 5. National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation. 6. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees. 7. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. 8. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 9. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools. Progress Report (A report describing the agency’s implementation of its process for measuring success with respect to student achievement in the institutions that it accredits.) 1. American Academy for Liberal Education. State Agencies Recognized for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education Interim Reports 1. Pennsylvania State Board for Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education. 2. Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education. State Agency Recognized for the Approval of Nurse Education Interim Report 1. Montana State Board of Nursing. Who Can Make Third-Party Oral Presentations at This Meeting? We invite you to make a third-party oral presentation before the National Advisory Committee concerning the recognition of any agency published in this notice. How Do I Request To Make an Oral Presentation? You must submit a written request to make an oral presentation concerning an agency listed in this notice to the contact person so that the request is received via mail, fax, or e-mail no later than November 16, 2005. Your request (no more than 6 pages maximum) must include: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. The names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of all persons seeking an appearance, 2. The organization they represent, and 3. A brief summary of the principal points to be made during the oral presentation. If you wish, you may attach documents illustrating the main points of your oral testimony. Please keep in mind, however, that any attachments are included in the 6-page limit. Please do not send materials directly to Committee members. Only materials submitted by the deadline to the contact person listed in this notice and in accordance with these instructions become part of the official record and are considered by the Committee in its deliberations. Documents received after the November 16, 2005 deadline will not be distributed to the National Advisory Committee for their consideration. Individuals making oral presentations may not distribute written materials at the meeting. If I Cannot Attend the Meeting, Can I Submit Written Comments Regarding an Accrediting Agency in Lieu of Making an Oral Presentation? This notice requests third-party oral testimony, not written comment. Requests for written comments on agencies that are being reviewed during this meeting were published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2005. The National Advisory Committee will receive and consider only written comments submitted by the deadline specified in the above-referenced Federal Register notice. How Do I Request To Present Comments Regarding General Issues Rather Than Specific Accrediting Agencies? At the conclusion of the meeting, the National Advisory Committee, at its discretion, may invite attendees to address the Committee briefly on issues pertaining to the functions of the Committee, which are listed earlier in this notice. If you are interested in making such comments, you should inform Ms. Paris-Albertson before or during the meeting. How May I Obtain Access to the Records of the Meeting? We will record the meeting and make a transcript available for public inspection at the U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St., NW., Washington, DC 20006 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 190 / Monday, October 3, 2005 / Notices It is preferred that an appointment be made in advance of such inspection. 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://www.ed.gov/ legislation/FedRegister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. 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/ index.html. Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2. Dated: September 27, 2005. Sally L. Stroup, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 05–19695 Filed 9–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. ER05–1202–000 and ER05– 1202–001] Blue Canyon Windpower II LLC; Notice of Issuance of Order September 27, 2005. Blue Canyon Windpower II LLC (Blue Canyon) filed an application for marketbased rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff. The proposed rate tariff provides for the sales of energy and the reassignment of transmission capacity. Blue Canyon also requested waiver of various Commission regulations. In particular, Blue Canyon requested that the Commission grant blanket approval under 18 CFR Part 34 of all future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability by Blue Canyon. On September 27, 2005, pursuant to delegated authority, the Director, Division of Tariffs and Market Development—South, granted the request for blanket approval under Part 34. The Director’s order also stated that the Commission would publish a separate notice in the Federal Register establishing a period of time for the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 filing of protests. Accordingly, any person desiring to be heard or to protest the blanket approval of issuances of securities or assumptions of liability by Blue Canyon should file a motion to intervene or protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. 18 CFR 385.211, 385.214 (2004). Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing motions to intervene or protests is October 27, 2005. Absent a request to be heard in opposition by the deadline above, Blue Canyon is is authorized to issue securities and assume obligations or liabilities as a guarantor, indorser, surety, or otherwise in respect of any security of another person; provided that such issuance or assumption is for some lawful object within the corporate purposes of Blue Canyon, compatible with the public interest, and is reasonably necessary or appropriate for such purposes. The Commission reserves the right to require a further showing that neither public nor private interests will be adversely affected by continued approval of Blue Canyon’s issuances of securities or assumptions of liability. Copies of the full text of the Director’s Order are available from the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The Order may also be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov, using the eLibrary link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number filed to access the document. Comments, protests, and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site under the ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–5398 Filed 9–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 57573 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. ER02–1656–000 and ER02– 1656–026] California Independent System Operator Corporation; Notice of Deadlines for Comments and Reply Comments September 23, 2005. On September 13, 2005, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff convened a technical conference to explore tariff issues related to demand response options, including special case nodal pricing and the establishment of zones for wholesale customers, in accordance with the directive of the July 1, 2005 Order on Further Amendments to the California Independent System Operator’s Comprehensive Market Redesign Proposal.1 As stated at the technical conference, comments concerning the issues discussed at the technical conference are due on September 27, 2005, and reply comments are due on October 4, 2005. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–5370 Filed 9–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Notice of Filing September 27, 2005. In the matter of: ER00–3562–003, ER03– 341–002, ER03–342–002, ER03–838–003, ER04–1081–001, ER04–1080–001, ER03– 209–002, ER03–36–004, ER99–2858–008, ER05–48–001, ER05–1266–001, ER05–817– 001, ER05–818–001, ER05–819–001, ER05– 820–001, ER02–1319–004, ER04–831–002, ER04–832–002, ER00–1115–003, ER03–446– 002, ER02–1959–003, ER04–1099–001, ER04–1100–001, ER01–2688–008, ER02– 2227–004, ER02–600–006, ER02–2229–003, ER03–24–003, ER05–67–001, ER05–68–001, ER99–1983–003, ER03–290–002; Calpine Energy Services, L.P., Calpine PowerAmerica-OR, LLC, Calpine PowerAmerica-CA, LLC, Power Contract Financing, L.L.C., PCF, LLC, Calpine Energy Management, L.P., CES Marketing V, L.P., Calpine Northbrook Energy Marketing, LLC, MEP Pleasant Hill, LLC, Calpine Bethpage 3, LLC, Ontelaunee Power Operating Company, LLC, Calpine Merchant Services Company, Inc., CES Marketing VIII, LLC, CES Marketing IX, LLC, CES Marketing X, LLC, Zion Energy, 1 California Independent System Operator, Inc., 112 FERC ¶ 61,013 at P 39 (2005). 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 190 (Monday, October 3, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57570-57573]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


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

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

What Is the Purpose of This Notice?

    The purpose of this notice is to announce the public meeting of the 
National Advisory Committee and invite third-party oral presentations 
before the Committee. This notice also presents the proposed agenda and 
informs the public of its opportunity to attend this meeting. The 
notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act.

When and Where Will the Meeting Take Place?

    We will hold the public meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2005, 
from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 5:15 p.m.;

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on Thursday, December 8, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5:15 
p.m., and on Friday, December 9, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until 
approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room at the DoubleTree 
Hotel--Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. You may 
call the hotel on (703) 416-4100 to inquire about rooms.

What Assistance Will Be Provided to Individuals With Disabilities?

    The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If 
you will need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting 
(e.g., interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials 
in an alternate format), notify the contact person listed in this 
notice at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although 
we will attempt to meet a request received after that date, we may not 
be able to make available the requested auxiliary aid or service 
because of insufficient time to arrange it.

Who Is the Contact Person for the Meeting?

    Please contact Ms. Francesca Paris-Albertson, in the office of 
Executive Director of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional 
Quality and Integrity, if you have questions about the meeting. You may 
contact her at the U.S. Department of Education, room 7107, 1990 K St., 
NW., Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202) 502-7671, fax: (202) 219-
7008, e-mail: Francesca.Paris-Albertson@ed.gov.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

What Is the Authority for the National Advisory Committee?

    The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and 
Integrity is established under Section 114 of the Higher Education Act 
(HEA) as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1011c.

What Are the Functions of the National Advisory Committee?

    The Committee advises the Secretary of Education about:
     The establishment and enforcement of the Criteria for 
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.
     The eligibility and certification process for institutions 
of higher education under Title IV, HEA.
     The development of 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 
interim eligibility of those institutions to participate in Federally 
funded programs.
     The relationship between: (1) Accreditation of 
institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility 
of such institutions, and (2) State licensing responsibilities with 
respect to such institutions.
     Any other advisory functions relating to accreditation and 
institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe.

What Items Will be on the Agenda for Discussion at the Meeting?

    Agenda topics will include the review of agencies that have 
submitted petitions for renewal of recognition and/or an expansion of 
an agency's scope of recognition, and the review of agencies that have 
submitted an interim report or a progress report.

What Agencies Will the National Advisory Committee Review at the 
Meeting?

    The following agencies will be reviewed during the December 7-9, 
2005 meeting of the National Advisory Committee:

Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies

Petition for an Expansion of the Scope of Recognition

    1. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of 
Technology (Current scope of recognition: The accreditation of private, 
postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting 
institutions in the United States, including those granting associate 
and baccalaureate degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate 
students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including 
institutions that offer programs via distance education.) (Requested 
scope of recognition: The accreditation of private, postsecondary, non-
degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions in the 
United States, including those granting associate, baccalaureate, and 
master's degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students 
for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including 
institutions that offer programs via distance education.)

Petitions for Renewal of Recognition

    1. Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 
(Current scope of recognition: The accreditation throughout the United 
States of first-professional master's degree and professional master's 
level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental 
medicine, as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of 
acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.) (Requested 
scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation throughout 
the United States of first-professional Master's degree and 
professional Master's level certificate and diploma programs in 
acupuncture and Oriental medicine, as well as freestanding institutions 
and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such 
programs.)
    2. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission 
on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (Current and 
requested scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation 
(``Candidacy'') throughout the United States of clinical training 
programs in marriage and family therapy at the master's, doctoral, and 
postgraduate levels.)
    3. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal 
Education and Admissions to the Bar (Current and requested scope of 
recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of programs 
in legal education that lead to the first professional degree in law, 
as well as freestanding law schools offering such programs.)
    4. American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic 
College Accreditation (Current and requested scope of recognition: The 
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Provisional Accreditation'') 
throughout the United States of freestanding, public and private non-
profit institutions of osteopathic medicine and programs leading to the 
degree of Doctor of Osteopathy or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.)
    5. American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric 
Medical Education (Current and requested scope of recognition: The 
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate Status'') throughout 
the United States of freestanding colleges of podiatric medicine and 
programs of podiatric medicine, including first professional programs 
leading to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.)

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    6. Council on Occupational Education (Current scope of recognition: 
The accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidacy status'') 
throughout the United States of non-degree granting postsecondary 
occupational/vocational institutions and those postsecondary 
occupational/vocational education institutions that have state 
authorization to grant the applied associate degree in specific 
vocational/occupational fields.) (Requested scope of recognition: The 
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidacy status'') throughout 
the United States of postsecondary occupational education institutions 
offering non-degree and applied associate degree programs in specific 
career and technical education fields, including institutions that 
offer programs via distance education.)


    Note: This requested scope of recognition differs from the 
requested scope of recognition in the July 25, 2005 Federal Register 
that invited written comments. The agency requested the revised 
language to clarify the scope and replace the terms ``vocational/
occupational'' with ``career and technical.''


    7. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (Current 
and requested scope of recognition: The accreditation throughout the 
United States of professional education units providing baccalaureate 
and graduate degree programs for the preparation of teachers and other 
professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools.)
    8. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on 
Technical and Career Institutions (Current and requested scope of 
recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate 
status'') of secondary institutions with vocational-technical programs 
at the 13th and 14th grade level, postsecondary institutions, and 
institutions of higher education that provide primarily vocational/
technical education at the certificate, associate, and baccalaureate 
degree levels in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, 
Rhode Island, and Vermont. This recognition extends to the Board of 
Trustees of the Association jointly with the Commission for decisions 
involving preaccreditation, initial accreditation, and adverse 
actions.)
    Interim Report (An interim report is a follow-up report on an 
accrediting agency's compliance with specific criteria for recognition 
that was requested by the Secretary when the Secretary granted renewed 
recognition to the agency.)
    1. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools.
    2. National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on 
Accreditation.
    3. National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on 
Accreditation.
    4. National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on 
Accreditation, Commission on Non-Degree-Granting Accreditation, 
Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation.
    5. National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on 
Accreditation.
    6. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School 
Improvement, Board of Trustees.
    7. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher 
Learning Commission.
    8. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on 
Institutions of Higher Education.
    9. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting 
Commission for Schools.
    Progress Report (A report describing the agency's implementation of 
its process for measuring success with respect to student achievement 
in the institutions that it accredits.)
    1. American Academy for Liberal Education.

State Agencies Recognized for the Approval of Public Postsecondary 
Vocational Education

Interim Reports

    1. Pennsylvania State Board for Vocational Education, Bureau of 
Career and Technical Education.
    2. Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education.

State Agency Recognized for the Approval of Nurse Education

Interim Report

    1. Montana State Board of Nursing.

Who Can Make Third-Party Oral Presentations at This Meeting?

    We invite you to make a third-party oral presentation before the 
National Advisory Committee concerning the recognition of any agency 
published in this notice.

How Do I Request To Make an Oral Presentation?

    You must submit a written request to make an oral presentation 
concerning an agency listed in this notice to the contact person so 
that the request is received via mail, fax, or e-mail no later than 
November 16, 2005. Your request (no more than 6 pages maximum) must 
include:
    1. The names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail 
addresses of all persons seeking an appearance,
    2. The organization they represent, and
    3. A brief summary of the principal points to be made during the 
oral presentation.
    If you wish, you may attach documents illustrating the main points 
of your oral testimony. Please keep in mind, however, that any 
attachments are included in the 6-page limit. Please do not send 
materials directly to Committee members. Only materials submitted by 
the deadline to the contact person listed in this notice and in 
accordance with these instructions become part of the official record 
and are considered by the Committee in its deliberations. Documents 
received after the November 16, 2005 deadline will not be distributed 
to the National Advisory Committee for their consideration. Individuals 
making oral presentations may not distribute written materials at the 
meeting.

If I Cannot Attend the Meeting, Can I Submit Written Comments Regarding 
an Accrediting Agency in Lieu of Making an Oral Presentation?

    This notice requests third-party oral testimony, not written 
comment. Requests for written comments on agencies that are being 
reviewed during this meeting were published in the Federal Register on 
July 25, 2005. The National Advisory Committee will receive and 
consider only written comments submitted by the deadline specified in 
the above-referenced Federal Register notice.

How Do I Request To Present Comments Regarding General Issues Rather 
Than Specific Accrediting Agencies?

    At the conclusion of the meeting, the National Advisory Committee, 
at its discretion, may invite attendees to address the Committee 
briefly on issues pertaining to the functions of the Committee, which 
are listed earlier in this notice. If you are interested in making such 
comments, you should inform Ms. Paris-Albertson before or during the 
meeting.

How May I Obtain Access to the Records of the Meeting?

    We will record the meeting and make a transcript available for 
public inspection at the U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St., NW., 
Washington, DC 20006 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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It is preferred that an appointment be made in advance of such 
inspection.

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://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    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/
index.html.


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

    Dated: September 27, 2005.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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