National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), 10508-10510 [2014-04090]

Download as PDF 10508 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 37 / Tuesday, February 25, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. ACTION: Announcement of an open meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and information pertaining to members of the public submitting third-party written and oral comments. AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8072, Washington, DC 20006. NACIQI’s Statutory Authority and Function: The NACIQI is established under Section 114 of the HEA of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1011c. The NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education about: • The establishment and enforcement of the criteria for recognition of accrediting agencies or associations under Subpart 2, Part H, Title IV, of the HEA, as amended. • The recognition of specific accrediting agencies or associations or a specific State approval agency. • 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, of the HEA, together with recommendations for improvement in such process. • 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 function relating to accreditation and institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe. SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the agenda for the June 18–19, 2014 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI); and provides information to members of the public on submitting written comments and on requesting to make oral comments at the meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Section 114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. Meeting Date and Location: The NACIQI meeting will be held on June emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 18–19, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at a location to be determined in the Washington DC area. The exact location will be published in the Federal Register and on the Department’s Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/about/ bdscomm/list/naciqi.html#meetings by May 16, 2014. Meeting Agenda: In addition to its review of accrediting agencies and State approval agencies for Secretarial recognition, the meeting agenda will include presentations to further inform the Committee about current issues and discussions concerning accreditation and to engage the Committee in discussions regarding the Committee’s 2012 recommendations and/or developing new policy recommendations to advise the Secretary in preparation for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Below is a list of agencies, including their current and requested scopes of recognition, scheduled for review during the June 18–19, 2014 meeting: Petition for Initial Recognition Accrediting Agency 1. Commission on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (Requested Scope: The accreditation of educator preparation programs in degree-granting institutions of higher education throughout the United States that offer certificates/licensure, or an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral degrees including those offered via distance education.) Petitions for Continued Recognition Accrediting Agencies 1. National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), Commission on Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions, and units offering dance and dance-related programs (both degree- and non-degreegranting), including those offered via distance education.) (Requested Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions and units offering dance and dance-related programs (both degree- and non-degreegranting), including those offered via distance and correspondence education.) 2. National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Commission on Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions, and units offering music and music-related programs (both degree- and non-degreegranting), including those offered via distance education.) (Requested Scope: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions and units offering music and music-related programs (both degree- and non-degreegranting), including those offered via distance and correspondence education.) 3. National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST), Commission on Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions, and units offering theatre and theatre-related programs (both degree- and non-degreegranting), including those offered via distance education.) (Requested Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions and units offering theatre and theatre-related programs (both degree- and non-degreegranting), including those offered via distance and correspondence education.) Petitions for Recognition Based on a Compliance Report Accrediting Agencies 1. The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’), at the undergraduate level, of institutions of biblical higher education in the United States offering both campus-based and distance education instructional programs.) 2. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (Current and Requested Scope: Accreditation of nursing education programs and schools, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer a certificate, diploma, or a recognized professional degree including clinical doctorate, masters, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical nursing programs in the United States and its territories, including those offered via distance education.) 3. Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and pre-accreditation of basic certificate, basic graduate nursemidwifery, direct entry midwifery, and pre-certification nurse-midwifery education programs, including those programs that offer distance education.) 4. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and preaccreditation, within the United States, of professional degree programs in pharmacy leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, including those programs offered via distance education.) E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 37 / Tuesday, February 25, 2014 / Notices 5. American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and pre-accreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) in the United States of physical therapist education programs leading to the first professional degree at the master’s or doctoral level and physical therapist assistant education programs at the associate degree level and for its accreditation of such programs offered via distance education.) 6. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation of nursing education programs in the United States, at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, including programs offering distance education.) 7. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation of medical education programs within the United States leading to the M.D. degree.) 8. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MS–CSS) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation of institutions with postsecondary, nondegree granting career and technology programs in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to include the accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree granting institutions that offer all or part of their educational programs via distance education modalities.) 9. National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Commission on Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions and units offering art/design and art/designrelated programs (both degree- and nondegree-granting), including those offered via distance education.) (Requested Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions and units offering art/design and art/design-related programs (both degree- and non-degree-granting), including those offered via distance and correspondence education.) 10. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation and pre-accreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of degree-granting institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, including the accreditation of programs offered via distance and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 correspondence education within these institutions. This recognition extends to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees and the Appeals Committee of the College Delegate Assembly on cases of initial candidacy or initial accreditation and for continued accreditation or candidacy.) State Approval Agencies for Nurse Education 1. Maryland Board of Nursing (MDBN) 2. Missouri State Board of Nursing (MOSBN) State Approval Agencies for Vocational Education 1. Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education 2. Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational, Technical Institutions, and Programs (PRHRDC) Submission of Written Comments: Written comments must be received by March 17, 2014, in the accreditationcommittees@ed.gov mailbox and include the subject line ‘‘Written Comments: Re (agency name).’’ The email must include the name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site (if any) of the person/group making the comment. Comments should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or in a medium compatible with Microsoft Word (not a PDF file) that is attached to an electronic mail message (email) or provided in the body of an email message. Comments about an agency’s compliance report must relate to the issues raised and the criteria for recognition cited in the Secretary’s letter that requested the report. Comments about the renewal of an agency’s recognition must relate to its compliance with the Criteria for the Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, the Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of State Agencies for Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, or the Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of State Agencies for Approval of Nurse Education, as appropriate, which are available at http://www.ed.gov/admins/ finaid/accred/index.html. Third parties having concerns about agencies regarding matters outside the scope of the petition should report those concerns to the Department. Only material submitted by the deadline to the email address listed in this notice, and in accordance with these instructions, become part of the official record concerning agencies scheduled for review and are considered by the Department and the NACIQI in their PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10509 deliberations. Please do not send material directly to the NACIQI members. Submission of Requests to Make an Oral Comment: There are two methods the public may use to make a third-party oral comment of three to five minutes concerning one of the agencies scheduled for review at the June 18–19, 2014 meeting. Oral comments about agencies seeking renewal of recognition must relate to the Criteria for Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, the Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of State Agencies for Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, or the Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of State Agencies for Approval of Nurse Education, as appropriate, which are available at: http://www.ed.gov/admins/ finaid/accred/index.html Method One: Submit a request by email to the accreditationcommittees@ ed.gov mailbox. Please do not send material directly to NACIQI members. Requests must be received by March 17, 2014, and include the subject line ‘‘Oral Comment Request: re (agency name).’’ The email must include the name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site (if any) of the person/group requesting to speak. All individuals or groups submitting an advance request in accordance with this notice will be afforded an opportunity to speak. Comments may not exceed three minutes, except at the discretion of the NACIQI Chair exercised on a case-by-case basis during the meeting. Each request must concern the recognition of a single agency or institution tentatively scheduled in this notice for review, be no more than one page (maximum), and must include: 1. The name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site (if any) of the person/group requesting to speak; and, 2. A brief summary of the principal points to be made during the oral presentation. Method Two: Register at the meeting location on June 18, 2014, to make an oral comment during the NACIQI’s deliberations concerning a particular agency or institution scheduled for review. The requestor must provide his or her name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site (if any). A total of up to fifteen minutes during each agency review will be allotted for oral commenters who register on June 18, 2014. Individuals or groups will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. If selected, each E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 10510 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 37 / Tuesday, February 25, 2014 / Notices commenter may not exceed three minutes, depending on the number of individuals or groups who sign up on June 18, 2014, to make oral comments, except at the discretion of the NACIQI Chair exercised on a case-by-case basis. The oral comments made will become part of the official record and will be considered by the Department and NACIQI in their deliberations. No individual or group in attendance or making oral presentations may distribute written materials at the meeting. Access to Records of the Meeting: The Department will post the official report of the meeting on the NACIQI Web site 90 days after the meeting. Pursuant to the FACA, the public may also inspect the materials at 1990 K Street NW., Washington, DC, by emailing aslrecordsmanager@ed.gov or by calling (202) 219–7067 to schedule an appointment. Reasonable Accommodations: 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. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Griffiths, Executive Director, NACIQI, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8073, Washington, DC 20006–8129, telephone: (202) 219–7035, fax: (202) 219–7005, or email Carol.Griffiths@ed.gov. Electronic Access to this Document: 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 via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 your search to documents published by the Department. Brenda Dann-Messier, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 2014–04090 Filed 2–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Issuance of Loan Guarantees to Various Applicants for the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant—Units 3 and 4 in Burke County, GA U.S. Department of Energy. Record of Decision (ROD). AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces its decision to issue loan guarantees under Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) totaling approximately $8.3 billion to one or more of the following applicants for the construction and start-up of the proposed Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Units 3 and 4 advanced nuclear reactors for the production of electrical power in Burke County, Georgia: Georgia Power Company; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and its subsidiaries. The VEGP Units 3 and 4 would be located in a rural area in eastern Burke County, Georgia, which is the site of two operating nuclear reactor units (VEGP Units 1 and 2). A new 55mile, 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line would be constructed to bring power from the switchyard for the new units to the Thomson substation 20 miles west of Augusta, Georgia. The potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating the proposed project, including the transmission line, were analyzed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for an Early Site Permit (ESP) at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Site (FEIS) and Supplemental EIS (SEIS) for the Combined Licenses (COLs) prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). DOE determined that the project analyzed in the FEIS and SEIS (the NRC EISs) was substantially the same as the project that would be covered by the DOE loan guarantees. DOE was not a cooperating agency with NRC on the EISs and subsequently adopted and recirculated them as a DOE final EIS (DOE/EIS–0476). The formal announcement of adoption and recirculation was published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on February 17, 2012 (77 FR 9652). SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Copies of this ROD and DOE/EIS–0476 may be obtained by contacting Sharon R. Thomas, NEPA Document Manager, Environmental Compliance Division, Loan Programs Office (LP–10), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone 202–586–5335; or email Sharon.R.Thomas@hq.doe.gov. The DOE Final EIS and this ROD are also available on the Loan Programs Web site at: http:// www.loanprograms.energy.gov. These documents as well as other general information concerning the DOE NEPA process can be found on the DOE NEPA Web site at: http://www.energy.gov/ nepa. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Background Georgia Power Corporation (GPC), Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC), and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) and its subsidiaries have submitted separate applications for loan guarantees totaling approximately $8.3 billion in response to a solicitation issued by DOE in 2008 under its authority established by Title XVII of EPAct 2005. An organization consisting of Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC), Southern Company Services (SCS), and GPC personnel was established to oversee and staff the proposed VEGP Units 3 and 4 (the Project). The new reactor units, currently under construction, are licensed to and would be operated by SNC. GPC would construct a transmission line to bring power from the switchyard for the new units to the Thomson substation 20 miles west of Augusta, Georgia. The transmission line right-of-way would be approximately 150 feet wide, 55 miles long, and have approximately 225 transmission towers. In August 2006, SNC submitted an application to NRC for an ESP for the proposed VEGP Units 3 and 4. The NRC prepared an EIS pursuant to NEPA § 102(2)(C), and issued an FEIS in August 2008 (NUREG–1872). On August 26, 2009, NRC issued the ESP. In March 2008, SNC submitted an application to the NRC for COLs, and in March 2011, NRC issued a final SEIS for the COLs (NUREG–1947).1 On February 9, 2012, NRC issued a Memorandum and Order 1 By issuing an ESP, NRC approves one or more sites for a nuclear power facility, independent of the specific nuclear plant design. In reviewing an ESP application, the NRC evaluates site safety issues, environmental protection issues, and plans for coping with emergencies. By issuing a COL, NRC authorizes the licensee to construct and operate (under specified conditions) an approved design for a nuclear power plant at a specific site. E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and 
Integrity (NACIQI)

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

ACTION: Announcement of an open meeting of the National Advisory 
Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and 
information pertaining to members of the public submitting third-party 
written and oral comments.

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ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary 
Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8072, Washington, DC 20006.
    NACIQI's Statutory Authority and Function: The NACIQI is 
established under Section 114 of the HEA of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 
1011c. The NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education about:
     The establishment and enforcement of the criteria for 
recognition of accrediting agencies or associations under Subpart 2, 
Part H, Title IV, of the HEA, as amended.
     The recognition of specific accrediting agencies or 
associations or a specific State approval agency.
     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, of the HEA, together with 
recommendations for improvement in such process.
     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 function relating to accreditation and 
institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe.

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the agenda for the June 18-19, 2014 
meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and 
Integrity (NACIQI); and provides information to members of the public 
on submitting written comments and on requesting to make oral comments 
at the meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under Section 
10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Section 
114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended.
    Meeting Date and Location: The NACIQI meeting will be held on June 
18-19, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at a location to be determined 
in the Washington DC area. The exact location will be published in the 
Federal Register and on the Department's Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/naciqi.html#meetings by May 16, 2014.
    Meeting Agenda: In addition to its review of accrediting agencies 
and State approval agencies for Secretarial recognition, the meeting 
agenda will include presentations to further inform the Committee about 
current issues and discussions concerning accreditation and to engage 
the Committee in discussions regarding the Committee's 2012 
recommendations and/or developing new policy recommendations to advise 
the Secretary in preparation for the reauthorization of the Higher 
Education Act (HEA).
    Below is a list of agencies, including their current and requested 
scopes of recognition, scheduled for review during the June 18-19, 2014 
meeting:

Petition for Initial Recognition

Accrediting Agency

    1. Commission on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 
(Requested Scope: The accreditation of educator preparation programs in 
degree-granting institutions of higher education throughout the United 
States that offer certificates/licensure, or an associate's, 
bachelor's, master's, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral degrees 
including those offered via distance education.)

Petitions for Continued Recognition

Accrediting Agencies

    1. National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), Commission on 
Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation throughout the United 
States of freestanding institutions, and units offering dance and 
dance-related programs (both degree- and non-degree-granting), 
including those offered via distance education.) (Requested Scope: The 
accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions 
and units offering dance and dance-related programs (both degree- and 
non-degree-granting), including those offered via distance and 
correspondence education.)
    2. National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Commission on 
Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation throughout the United 
States of freestanding institutions, and units offering music and 
music-related programs (both degree- and non-degree-granting), 
including those offered via distance education.) (Requested Scope: The 
accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions 
and units offering music and music-related programs (both degree- and 
non-degree-granting), including those offered via distance and 
correspondence education.)
    3. National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST), Commission on 
Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation throughout the United 
States of freestanding institutions, and units offering theatre and 
theatre-related programs (both degree- and non-degree-granting), 
including those offered via distance education.) (Requested Scope: The 
accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions 
and units offering theatre and theatre-related programs (both degree- 
and non-degree-granting), including those offered via distance and 
correspondence education.)

Petitions for Recognition Based on a Compliance Report

Accrediting Agencies

    1. The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) (Current 
and Requested Scope: The accreditation and preaccreditation 
(``Candidate for Accreditation''), at the undergraduate level, of 
institutions of biblical higher education in the United States offering 
both campus-based and distance education instructional programs.)
    2. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
(Current and Requested Scope: Accreditation of nursing education 
programs and schools, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer 
a certificate, diploma, or a recognized professional degree including 
clinical doctorate, masters, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and 
practical nursing programs in the United States and its territories, 
including those offered via distance education.)
    3. Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (Current 
and Requested Scope: The accreditation and pre-accreditation of basic 
certificate, basic graduate nurse-midwifery, direct entry midwifery, 
and pre-certification nurse-midwifery education programs, including 
those programs that offer distance education.)
    4. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) (Current and 
Requested Scope: The accreditation and preaccreditation, within the 
United States, of professional degree programs in pharmacy leading to 
the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, including those programs offered via 
distance education.)

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    5. American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on 
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (Current and 
Requested Scope: The accreditation and pre-accreditation (``Candidate 
for Accreditation'') in the United States of physical therapist 
education programs leading to the first professional degree at the 
master's or doctoral level and physical therapist assistant education 
programs at the associate degree level and for its accreditation of 
such programs offered via distance education.)
    6. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (Current and 
Requested Scope: The accreditation of nursing education programs in the 
United States, at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels, 
including programs offering distance education.)
    7. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    (Current and Requested Scope: The accreditation of medical 
education programs within the United States leading to the M.D. 
degree.)
    8. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MS-CSS) (Current 
and Requested Scope: The accreditation of institutions with 
postsecondary, non-degree granting career and technology programs in 
Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands to include the accreditation of postsecondary, non-
degree granting institutions that offer all or part of their 
educational programs via distance education modalities.)
    9. National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 
Commission on Accreditation (Current Scope: The accreditation 
throughout the United States of freestanding institutions and units 
offering art/design and art/design-related programs (both degree- and 
non-degree-granting), including those offered via distance education.) 
(Requested Scope: The accreditation throughout the United States of 
freestanding institutions and units offering art/design and art/design-
related programs (both degree- and non-degree-granting), including 
those offered via distance and correspondence education.)
    10. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) (Current 
and Requested Scope: The accreditation and pre-accreditation 
(``Candidate for Accreditation'') of degree-granting institutions of 
higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, 
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and 
Virginia, including the accreditation of programs offered via distance 
and correspondence education within these institutions. This 
recognition extends to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees and the Appeals 
Committee of the College Delegate Assembly on cases of initial 
candidacy or initial accreditation and for continued accreditation or 
candidacy.)

State Approval Agencies for Nurse Education

1. Maryland Board of Nursing (MDBN)
2. Missouri State Board of Nursing (MOSBN)

State Approval Agencies for Vocational Education

1. Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education
2. Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary 
Vocational, Technical Institutions, and Programs (PRHRDC)

    Submission of Written Comments: Written comments must be received 
by March 17, 2014, in the accreditationcommittees@ed.gov mailbox and 
include the subject line ``Written Comments: Re (agency name).'' The 
email must include the name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email 
address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site (if any) of the 
person/group making the comment. Comments should be submitted as a 
Microsoft Word document or in a medium compatible with Microsoft Word 
(not a PDF file) that is attached to an electronic mail message (email) 
or provided in the body of an email message. Comments about an agency's 
compliance report must relate to the issues raised and the criteria for 
recognition cited in the Secretary's letter that requested the report. 
Comments about the renewal of an agency's recognition must relate to 
its compliance with the Criteria for the Recognition of Accrediting 
Agencies, the Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of State Agencies 
for Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, or the 
Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of State Agencies for Approval 
of Nurse Education, as appropriate, which are available at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. Third parties having 
concerns about agencies regarding matters outside the scope of the 
petition should report those concerns to the Department. Only material 
submitted by the deadline to the email address listed in this notice, 
and in accordance with these instructions, become part of the official 
record concerning agencies scheduled for review and are considered by 
the Department and the NACIQI in their deliberations. Please do not 
send material directly to the NACIQI members.
    Submission of Requests to Make an Oral Comment: There are two 
methods the public may use to make a third-party oral comment of three 
to five minutes concerning one of the agencies scheduled for review at 
the June 18-19, 2014 meeting. Oral comments about agencies seeking 
renewal of recognition must relate to the Criteria for Recognition of 
Accrediting Agencies, the Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of 
State Agencies for Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational 
Education, or the Criteria and Procedures for Recognition of State 
Agencies for Approval of Nurse Education, as appropriate, which are 
available at: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
    Method One: Submit a request by email to the 
accreditationcommittees@ed.gov mailbox. Please do not send material 
directly to NACIQI members. Requests must be received by March 17, 
2014, and include the subject line ``Oral Comment Request: re (agency 
name).'' The email must include the name, title, affiliation, mailing 
address, email address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site 
(if any) of the person/group requesting to speak. All individuals or 
groups submitting an advance request in accordance with this notice 
will be afforded an opportunity to speak. Comments may not exceed three 
minutes, except at the discretion of the NACIQI Chair exercised on a 
case-by-case basis during the meeting. Each request must concern the 
recognition of a single agency or institution tentatively scheduled in 
this notice for review, be no more than one page (maximum), and must 
include:
    1. The name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, 
telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site (if any) of the person/
group requesting to speak; and,
    2. A brief summary of the principal points to be made during the 
oral presentation.
    Method Two: Register at the meeting location on June 18, 2014, to 
make an oral comment during the NACIQI's deliberations concerning a 
particular agency or institution scheduled for review. The requestor 
must provide his or her name, title, affiliation, mailing address, 
email address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and Web site (if any). 
A total of up to fifteen minutes during each agency review will be 
allotted for oral commenters who register on June 18, 2014. Individuals 
or groups will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. If 
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commenter may not exceed three minutes, depending on the number of 
individuals or groups who sign up on June 18, 2014, to make oral 
comments, except at the discretion of the NACIQI Chair exercised on a 
case-by-case basis. The oral comments made will become part of the 
official record and will be considered by the Department and NACIQI in 
their deliberations. No individual or group in attendance or making 
oral presentations may distribute written materials at the meeting.
    Access to Records of the Meeting: The Department will post the 
official report of the meeting on the NACIQI Web site 90 days after the 
meeting. Pursuant to the FACA, the public may also inspect the 
materials at 1990 K Street NW., Washington, DC, by emailing 
aslrecordsmanager@ed.gov or by calling (202) 219-7067 to schedule an 
appointment.
    Reasonable Accommodations: 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Griffiths, Executive Director, 
NACIQI, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 8073, 
Washington, DC 20006-8129, telephone: (202) 219-7035, fax: (202) 219-
7005, or email Carol.Griffiths@ed.gov.
    Electronic Access to this Document: 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 via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF, 
you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the 
site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

Brenda Dann-Messier,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2014-04090 Filed 2-24-14; 8:45 am]
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