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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 68 / Monday, April 9, 2018 / Notices d. Is there one set of metrics for program effectiveness that the Bureau could use across its financial education programs, or should it use different metrics depending on the type of program and delivery method (e.g., online versus through a community channel)? e. How can the Bureau’s financial well-being scale be used to measure the effectiveness of financial education programs? f. Should the Bureau consider adopting any measures of success for financial education that are used by others? What are those measures? 3. Avoiding duplication in financial education between the Bureau and other federal agencies or other entities. a. Are there programs at other federal agencies that are similar to the Bureau’s programs? Are these programs or aspects of these programs more or less effective than the Bureau’s? If so, how and why? b. Are there ways to improve coordination in financial education activities between the Bureau and other agencies? 4. Are there other perspectives or information that will assist the Bureau in its financial education work? Authority: 12 U.S.C. 5511(c). Dated: April 3, 2018. Mick Mulvaney, Acting Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2018–07222 Filed 4–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DoD–2018–OS–0018] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, DoD. ACTION: Information collection notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Apr 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by June 8, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Chief Management Officer, Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24 Suite 08D09B, Alexandria, VA 22350–1700. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. Any associated form(s) for this collection may be located within this same electronic docket and downloaded for review/testing. Follow the instructions at http:// www.regulations.gov for submitting comments. Please submit comments on any given form identified by docket number, form number, and title. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Executive Director of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, USD P&R (MPP) AFCB, 4000 Defense Pentagon, Room 2D580, Washington, DC 20301–4000, or call the Office of the Executive Director of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board at 703–697–9015. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Appointment of Chaplains for the Military Services; DD Form 2088; OMB Control Number 0704–0190. Needs and Uses: This information collection is necessary to provide certification that a Religious Ministry Professional is professionally qualified to become a chaplain. Affected Public: Not-For-Profit Institutions. Annual Burden Hours: 375. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15133 Number of Respondents: 150. Responses per Respondent: 10. Annual Responses: 1,500. Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes. Frequency: On occasion. The DD Form 2088 is used to verify the professional and ecclesiastical qualifications of Religious Ministry Professionals for initial appointment or a chaplain’s change of career status appointments as chaplains in the Military Service. This form is an essential element of a chaplain’s professional qualifications and will become a part of a chaplain’s military personnel record. DoD listed endorsing agents utilize the form to endorse military chaplains representing their organizations. Dated: April 4, 2018. Shelly E. Finke, Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2018–07148 Filed 4–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality Integrity; Meeting National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. ACTION: Announcement of an open meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the agenda, time, and location for the May 22–24, 2018 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), and provides information to members of the public regarding the meeting, including requesting to make oral comments. The notice of this meeting is required under § 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and § 114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. DATES: The NACIQI meeting will be held on May 22, 23, and 24, 2018, each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: Double Tree by Hilton Washington DC Crystal City, Washington Ballroom, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hong, Executive Director/ Designated Federal Official, NACIQI, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 271–03, Washington, DC 20202, telephone: (202) 453–7805, or email: Jennifer.Hong@ ed.gov. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 15134 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 68 / Monday, April 9, 2018 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES NACIQI’s Statutory Authority and Function: NACIQI is established under § 114 of the HEA. NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education with respect to: • The establishment and enforcement of the standards of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2, part G, Title IV of the HEA, as amended. • 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 of the HEA and part C, subchapter I, chapter 34, Title 42, 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 of Education may prescribe by regulation. Meeting Agenda: Agenda items for the May 2018 meeting are below. Applications for Renewal of Recognition 1. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation, within the United States, of Didactic and Coordinated Programs in Dietetics at both the undergraduate and graduate level, postbaccalaureate Dietetic Internships, and Dietetic Technician Programs at the associate degree level, and for its accreditation of such programs offered via distance education. 2. Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation in the United States of professional optometric degree programs, optometric technician (associate degree) programs, and optometric residency programs, and for the pre-accreditation category of Preliminary Approval for professional optometric degree programs. 3. Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Correspondent’’ and‘‘Candidate’’) within the United States of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools. 4. Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Apr 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the post master’s certificate, master’s, or doctoral degree levels in the United States, and its territories, including programs offering distance education. 5. Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of medical education programs within the United States leading to the M.D. degree. 6. National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Scope of Recognition: For 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. 7. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidacy Status’’) of postsecondary degree-granting educational institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, and the accreditation of programs offered via distance education within these institutions. Compliance Report 1. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Findings identified in the October 28, 2016 letter from the senior Department official following the June 23, 2016 NACIQI meeting available at: https:// opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/ finalstaffreports.cfm. That letter identifies the following Criterion as areas of noncompliance: 34 CFR 602.15(a)(1), 602.15(a)(2), 602.15(a)(3), 602.16(a)(1)(viii), and 602.17(b). 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. This recognition also extends to the Accreditation Committee of the Section of Legal Education (Accreditation Committee) for decisions involving continued accreditation (referred to by the agency as ‘‘approval’’) of law schools. 2. American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Findings identified in the October 28, 2016 letter from the senior Department official following the June 23, 2016 NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/ finalstaffreports.cfm. That letter identifies the following Criterion as areas of noncompliance: 34 CFR 602.11, 602.13, 602.15(a)(3), 602.16(a)(1)(i), PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 602.16(a)(1)(ii), 602.16(a)(1)(iii), 602.16(a)(1)(iv), 602.16(a)(1)(v), 602.16(a)(1)(vi), 602.16(a)(1)(vii), 602.16(a)(1)(viii), 602.16(a)(1)(ix), 602.16(a)(1)(x), 602.16(a)(2), 602.17(a), 602.19(b), 602.20(a), and 602.26(b). 3. American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation. Findings identified in the September 22, 2016 letter from the senior Department official following the June 23, 2016 NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/ finalstaffreports.cfm. That letter identifies the following Criterion as areas of noncompliance: 34 CFR 602.19(a), and 602.20(b). Scope of Recognition: The accreditation in the United States of doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, school and combined professional-scientific psychology; doctoral internship programs in health service psychology; and postdoctoral residency programs in health service psychology. The preaccreditation in the United States of doctoral internship programs in health service psychology; and postdoctoral residency programs in health service psychology. 4. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission. Findings identified in the October 28, 2016 letter from the senior Department official following the June 23, 2016 NACIQI meeting available at: https:// opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/ finalstaffreports.cfm. That letter identifies the following Criterion as areas of noncompliance: 34 CFR 602.15(a)(2), and 602.19(b). Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate’’ Status) of Christian postsecondary institutions in the United States that offer certificates, diplomas, and associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees, including institutions that offer distance education. Application for an Expansion of Scope Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Correspondent’’ and ‘‘Candidate’’) within the United States of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools. Requested Scope: The accreditation of advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic institutions in the United States which grant postsecondary degrees such as Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, Doctorate, First Rabbinic and First Talmudic degrees. E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 68 / Monday, April 9, 2018 / Notices Application for Renewal of Recognition—State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs. Reducing Regulatory Burden in Accreditation Update from the U.S. Department of Education on efforts to reduce regulatory burden and improve efficiencies in the accreditation program. Oversight of For-Profit Institutions’ Conversions to Non-Profit Entities NACIQI received a letter from U.S. Senators Warren, Brown, Murray, Durbin, and Blumenthal, regarding their concerns of for-profit institutions converting to, or attempting to convert to, non-profit entities in order to avoid regulatory scrutiny. This letter is available at: https://sites.ed.gov/naciqi/ files/2018/03/2018.01.11-Letter-toNACIQI-re-sectorial-conversions.pdf. NACIQI will discuss this letter and the issues it raises at the meeting. Presentation on Outcome Measures (OM) Component of the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for Inclusion in the Accreditor Dashboards Presentation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Colleges and University Commission (WSCUC) WSCUC will present on its Graduation Rate Dashboard tool (GRD), and how the agency uses outcome measures, such as the GRD, as part of its accreditation process. This presentation is responsive to NACIQI’s line of inquiry into how accrediting agencies use data to inform the accreditation process. Subcommittee on Data The subcommittee on data will report out on its activities since the last NACIQI meeting. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Meeting Discussion In addition to following the HEA, the FACA, implementing regulations, and the NACIQI charter, as well as its customary procedural protocols, NACIQI inquiries will include the questions and topics listed in the pilot plan it adopted at its December 2015 meeting. A document entitled ‘‘June 2016 Pilot Plan’’ and available at: http:// sites.ed.gov/naciqi/files/naciqi-dir/2016spring/pilot-project-march-2016.pdf, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Apr 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 provides further explanation and context framing NACIQI’s work. As noted in this document, NACIQI’s reviews of accrediting agencies will include consideration of data and information available on the accreditation data dashboards, https:// sites.ed.gov/naciqi/files/2017/09/ Institutional-Performance-byAccreditor-June-2017-Corrected.pdf. Accrediting agencies that will be reviewed for renewal of recognition will not be on the consent agenda and are advised to come prepared to answer questions related to the following: • Decision activities of and data gathered by the agency. Æ NACIQI will inquire about the range of accreditation activities of the agency since its prior review for recognition, including discussion about the various favorable, monitoring, and adverse actions taken. Information about the primary standards cited for the monitoring and adverse actions that have been taken will be sought. Æ NACIQI will also inquire about what data the agency routinely gathers about the activities of the institutions it accredits and about how that data is used in their evaluative processes. • Standards and practices with regard to student achievement. Æ How does your agency address ‘‘success with respect to student achievement’’ in the institutions it accredits? Æ Why was this strategy chosen? How is this appropriate in your context? Æ What are the student achievement challenges in the institutions accredited by your agency? Æ What has changed/is likely to change in the standards about student achievement for the institutions accredited by your agency? Æ In what ways have student achievement results been used for monitoring or adverse actions? • Agency activities in improving program/institutional quality. Æ How does this agency define ‘‘at risk?’’ Æ What tools does this agency use to evaluate ‘‘at risk’’ status? Æ What tools does this agency have to help ‘‘at risk’’ institutions improve? Æ What can the agency tell us about how well these tools for improvement have worked? To the extent NACIQI’s questions go to improvement of institutions and programs that are not at risk of falling into noncompliance with agency requirements, the responses will be used to inform NACIQI’s general policy recommendations to the Department rather than its recommendations PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15135 regarding recognition of any individual agency. The discussions and issues described above are in addition to, rather than substituting for, exploration by Committee members of any topic relevant to recognition. Submission of Requests To Make an Oral Comment Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency or State Approval Agency Under Review, or To Make an Oral Comment or Written Statement Regarding Other Issues Within the Scope of NACIQI’s Authority Opportunity to submit a written comment regarding a specific accrediting agency or state approval agency under review was solicited by a previous Federal Register notice published on January 24, 2018 (Vol. 83, No. 16). The comment period for submission of such comments closed on February 16, 2018. A second notice was published on February 22, 2018 (Vol. 83, No. 36) extending the written comment period until March 1, 2018 for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Subsequently, a corrected notice was published on February 28, 2018 (Vol. 83, No. 40) clarifying the scope of written comments that could be submitted regarding the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Because all deadlines have passed, no further written comments regarding a specific agency or state approval agency under review will be accepted at this time. Members of the public may submit written statements regarding other issues within the scope of NACIQI’s authority for consideration by the Committee in the manner described below. No individual in attendance or making oral presentations may distribute written materials at the meeting. Oral comments may not exceed three minutes. Written statements and oral comments concerning NACIQI’s work outside of a specific accrediting agency under review must be limited to the scope of NACIQI’s authority as outlined under section 114 of the HEA. There are two methods the public may use to request to make a third-party oral comment of three minutes or less at the May 22–24, 2018 meeting. To submit a written statement to NACIQI concerning its work outside a specific accrediting agency under review, please follow Method One. E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 15136 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 68 / Monday, April 9, 2018 / Notices Method One: Submit a written request by email to the ThirdPartyComments@ ed.gov mailbox. Please do not send material directly to NACIQI members. Written statements to NACIQI concerning its work outside a specific accrediting agency under review, and requests to make oral comments, must be received by May 9, 2018, and include the subject line ‘‘Oral Comment Request: (agency name),’’ ‘‘Oral Comment Request: (subject)’’ or ‘‘Written Statement: (subject).’’ The email must include the name(s), title, organization/affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone number, of the person(s) submitting a written statement or requesting to speak, and a brief summary (not to exceed one page) of the principal points to be made during the oral presentation. All individuals submitting an advance request in accordance with this notice will be afforded an opportunity to speak. Method Two: Register at the meeting location on May 22, 2018, from 7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m., to make an oral comment during NACIQI’s deliberations. The requestor must provide the subject or agency name on which he or she wishes to comment, in addition to his or her name, title, organization/affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. A total of up to fifteen minutes for each agenda item will be allotted for oral commenters who register on May 22, 2018 by 8:30 a.m. Individuals will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. If selected, each commenter’s remarks may not exceed three minutes. Access to Records of the Meeting: The Department will post the official report of the meeting on the NACIQI website within 90 days after the meeting. Pursuant to the FACA, the public may also inspect the materials at 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC, by emailing aslrecordsmanager@ed.gov or by calling (202) 453–7615 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. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Apr 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 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. Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1011c. Lynn B. Mahaffie, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Policy and Innovation. [FR Doc. 2018–07212 Filed 4–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [OE Docket No. EA–338–B] Application To Export Electric Energy; Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Application. AGENCY: Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. (Shell Energy or Applicant) has applied to renew its authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico pursuant to the Federal Power Act. DATES: Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on or before May 9, 2018. ADDRESSES: Comments, protests, motions to intervene, or requests for more information should be addressed to: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Mail Code: OE–20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0350. Because of delays in handling conventional mail, it is recommended that documents be transmitted by overnight mail, by electronic mail to Electricity.Exports@ hq.doe.gov, or by facsimile to 202–586– 8008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country are regulated by the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7151(b), 7172(f)) and require authorization under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)). On May 9, 2013, DOE issued Order No. EA–338–A to Shell Energy, which authorized the Applicant to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico as a power marketer for a fiveyear term using existing international transmission facilities. That authority expires on May 5, 2018. On February 26, 2018, Shell Energy filed an application with DOE for renewal of the export authority contained in Order No. EA– 338 for an additional five-year term. In its application, Shell Energy states that it does not own or operate any electric generation or transmission facilities, and it does not have a franchised service area. The electric energy that Shell Energy proposes to export to Mexico would be purchased from third parties such as electric utilities and Federal power marketing agencies pursuant to voluntary agreements. The existing international transmission facilities to be utilized by Shell Energy have previously been authorized by Presidential Permits issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended, and are appropriate for open access transmission by third parties. Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to be heard in this proceeding should file a comment or protest to the application at the address provided above. Protests should be filed in accordance with Rule 211 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.211). Any person desiring to become a party to these proceedings should file a motion to intervene at the above address in accordance with FERC Rule 214 (18 CFR 385.214). Five copies of such comments, protests, or motions to intervene should be sent to the address provided above on or before the date listed above. Comments and other filings concerning Shell Energy’s application to export electric energy to Mexico should be clearly marked with OE Docket No. EA–338–B. An additional copy is to be provided directly to both Serena A. Rwejuna, Bracewell LLP, 2001 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 and David L. Smith, Shell Energy North America (US), L.P., 1000 Main, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77002. A final decision will be made on this application after the environmental impacts have been evaluated pursuant to DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021) and after a determination is E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality Integrity; 
Meeting

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

ACTION: Announcement of an open meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the agenda, time, and location for the 
May 22-24, 2018 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on 
Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), and provides information 
to members of the public regarding the meeting, including requesting to 
make oral comments. The notice of this meeting is required under Sec.  
10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Sec.  
114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended.

DATES: The NACIQI meeting will be held on May 22, 23, and 24, 2018, 
each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Double Tree by Hilton Washington DC Crystal City, Washington 
Ballroom, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hong, Executive Director/
Designated Federal Official, NACIQI, U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue SW, Room 271-03, Washington, DC 20202, telephone: (202) 
453-7805, or email: [email protected].

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    NACIQI's Statutory Authority and Function: NACIQI is established 
under Sec.  114 of the HEA. NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education 
with respect to:
     The establishment and enforcement of the standards of 
accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2, part G, Title IV 
of the HEA, as amended.
     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 of the HEA and part C, subchapter I, 
chapter 34, Title 42, 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 of Education may prescribe 
by regulation.
    Meeting Agenda: Agenda items for the May 2018 meeting are below.

Applications for Renewal of Recognition

    1. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for 
Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Scope of Recognition: The 
accreditation and pre-accreditation, within the United States, of 
Didactic and Coordinated Programs in Dietetics at both the 
undergraduate and graduate level, postbaccalaureate Dietetic 
Internships, and Dietetic Technician Programs at the associate degree 
level, and for its accreditation of such programs offered via distance 
education.
    2. Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. Scope of
    Recognition: The accreditation in the United States of professional 
optometric degree programs, optometric technician (associate degree) 
programs, and optometric residency programs, and for the pre-
accreditation category of Preliminary Approval for professional 
optometric degree programs.
    3. Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, 
Accreditation Commission. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and 
preaccreditation (``Correspondent'' and``Candidate'') within the United 
States of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools.
    4. Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational 
Programs. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of institutions and 
programs of nurse anesthesia at the post master's certificate, 
master's, or doctoral degree levels in the United States, and its 
territories, including programs offering distance education.
    5. Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Scope of Recognition: 
The accreditation of medical education programs within the United 
States leading to the M.D. degree.
    6. National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Scope of 
Recognition: For 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.
    7. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Scope of 
Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidacy 
Status'') of postsecondary degree-granting educational institutions in 
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, and the 
accreditation of programs offered via distance education within these 
institutions.

Compliance Report

    1. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal 
Education and Admissions to the Bar. Findings identified in the October 
28, 2016 letter from the senior Department official following the June 
23, 2016 NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm. That letter identifies the following Criterion 
as areas of noncompliance: 34 CFR 602.15(a)(1), 602.15(a)(2), 
602.15(a)(3), 602.16(a)(1)(viii), and 602.17(b). 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. This recognition also 
extends to the Accreditation Committee of the Section of Legal 
Education (Accreditation Committee) for decisions involving continued 
accreditation (referred to by the agency as ``approval'') of law 
schools.
    2. American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic 
College Accreditation. Findings identified in the October 28, 2016 
letter from the senior Department official following the June 23, 2016 
NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm. That letter identifies the following Criterion 
as areas of noncompliance: 34 CFR 602.11, 602.13, 602.15(a)(3), 
602.16(a)(1)(i), 602.16(a)(1)(ii), 602.16(a)(1)(iii), 602.16(a)(1)(iv), 
602.16(a)(1)(v), 602.16(a)(1)(vi), 602.16(a)(1)(vii), 
602.16(a)(1)(viii), 602.16(a)(1)(ix), 602.16(a)(1)(x), 602.16(a)(2), 
602.17(a), 602.19(b), 602.20(a), and 602.26(b).
    3. American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation. 
Findings identified in the September 22, 2016 letter from the senior 
Department official following the June 23, 2016 NACIQI meeting 
available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm. That 
letter identifies the following Criterion as areas of noncompliance: 34 
CFR 602.19(a), and 602.20(b). Scope of Recognition: The accreditation 
in the United States of doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, 
school and combined professional-scientific psychology; doctoral 
internship programs in health service psychology; and postdoctoral 
residency programs in health service psychology. The preaccreditation 
in the United States of doctoral internship programs in health service 
psychology; and postdoctoral residency programs in health service 
psychology.
    4. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, 
Accreditation Commission. Findings identified in the October 28, 2016 
letter from the senior Department official following the June 23, 2016 
NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm. That letter identifies the following Criterion 
as areas of noncompliance: 34 CFR 602.15(a)(2), and 602.19(b). Scope of 
Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate'' 
Status) of Christian postsecondary institutions in the United States 
that offer certificates, diplomas, and associate, baccalaureate, and 
graduate degrees, including institutions that offer distance education.

Application for an Expansion of Scope

    Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, 
Accreditation Commission. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and 
preaccreditation (``Correspondent'' and ``Candidate'') within the 
United States of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools. Requested 
Scope: The accreditation of advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic 
institutions in the United States which grant postsecondary degrees 
such as Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, Doctorate, First Rabbinic 
and First Talmudic degrees.

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Application for Renewal of Recognition--State Agency for the Approval 
of Public Postsecondary Vocational Education

    Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary 
Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs.

Reducing Regulatory Burden in Accreditation

    Update from the U.S. Department of Education on efforts to reduce 
regulatory burden and improve efficiencies in the accreditation 
program.

Oversight of For-Profit Institutions' Conversions to Non-Profit 
Entities

    NACIQI received a letter from U.S. Senators Warren, Brown, Murray, 
Durbin, and Blumenthal, regarding their concerns of for-profit 
institutions converting to, or attempting to convert to, non-profit 
entities in order to avoid regulatory scrutiny. This letter is 
available at: https://sites.ed.gov/naciqi/files/2018/03/2018.01.11-Letter-to-NACIQI-re-sectorial-conversions.pdf. NACIQI will discuss this 
letter and the issues it raises at the meeting.

Presentation on Outcome Measures (OM) Component of the U.S. Department 
of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 
for Inclusion in the Accreditor Dashboards

Presentation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior 
Colleges and University Commission (WSCUC)

    WSCUC will present on its Graduation Rate Dashboard tool (GRD), and 
how the agency uses outcome measures, such as the GRD, as part of its 
accreditation process. This presentation is responsive to NACIQI's line 
of inquiry into how accrediting agencies use data to inform the 
accreditation process.

Subcommittee on Data

    The subcommittee on data will report out on its activities since 
the last NACIQI meeting.

Meeting Discussion

    In addition to following the HEA, the FACA, implementing 
regulations, and the NACIQI charter, as well as its customary 
procedural protocols, NACIQI inquiries will include the questions and 
topics listed in the pilot plan it adopted at its December 2015 
meeting. A document entitled ``June 2016 Pilot Plan'' and available at: 
http://sites.ed.gov/naciqi/files/naciqi-dir/2016-spring/pilot-project-march-2016.pdf, provides further explanation and context framing 
NACIQI's work. As noted in this document, NACIQI's reviews of 
accrediting agencies will include consideration of data and information 
available on the accreditation data dashboards, https://sites.ed.gov/naciqi/files/2017/09/Institutional-Performance-by-Accreditor-June-2017-Corrected.pdf. Accrediting agencies that will be reviewed for renewal 
of recognition will not be on the consent agenda and are advised to 
come prepared to answer questions related to the following:
     Decision activities of and data gathered by the agency.
    [cir] NACIQI will inquire about the range of accreditation 
activities of the agency since its prior review for recognition, 
including discussion about the various favorable, monitoring, and 
adverse actions taken. Information about the primary standards cited 
for the monitoring and adverse actions that have been taken will be 
sought.
    [cir] NACIQI will also inquire about what data the agency routinely 
gathers about the activities of the institutions it accredits and about 
how that data is used in their evaluative processes.
     Standards and practices with regard to student 
achievement.
    [cir] How does your agency address ``success with respect to 
student achievement'' in the institutions it accredits?
    [cir] Why was this strategy chosen? How is this appropriate in your 
context?
    [cir] What are the student achievement challenges in the 
institutions accredited by your agency?
    [cir] What has changed/is likely to change in the standards about 
student achievement for the institutions accredited by your agency?
    [cir] In what ways have student achievement results been used for 
monitoring or adverse actions?
     Agency activities in improving program/institutional 
quality.
    [cir] How does this agency define ``at risk?''
    [cir] What tools does this agency use to evaluate ``at risk'' 
status?
    [cir] What tools does this agency have to help ``at risk'' 
institutions improve?
    [cir] What can the agency tell us about how well these tools for 
improvement have worked?
    To the extent NACIQI's questions go to improvement of institutions 
and programs that are not at risk of falling into noncompliance with 
agency requirements, the responses will be used to inform NACIQI's 
general policy recommendations to the Department rather than its 
recommendations regarding recognition of any individual agency.
    The discussions and issues described above are in addition to, 
rather than substituting for, exploration by Committee members of any 
topic relevant to recognition.

Submission of Requests To Make an Oral Comment Regarding a Specific 
Accrediting Agency or State Approval Agency Under Review, or To Make an 
Oral Comment or Written Statement Regarding Other Issues Within the 
Scope of NACIQI's Authority

    Opportunity to submit a written comment regarding a specific 
accrediting agency or state approval agency under review was solicited 
by a previous Federal Register notice published on January 24, 2018 
(Vol. 83, No. 16). The comment period for submission of such comments 
closed on February 16, 2018. A second notice was published on February 
22, 2018 (Vol. 83, No. 36) extending the written comment period until 
March 1, 2018 for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and 
Schools and the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of 
Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Subsequently, a corrected 
notice was published on February 28, 2018 (Vol. 83, No. 40) clarifying 
the scope of written comments that could be submitted regarding the 
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the 
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and 
Admissions to the Bar. Because all deadlines have passed, no further 
written comments regarding a specific agency or state approval agency 
under review will be accepted at this time. Members of the public may 
submit written statements regarding other issues within the scope of 
NACIQI's authority for consideration by the Committee in the manner 
described below. No individual in attendance or making oral 
presentations may distribute written materials at the meeting. Oral 
comments may not exceed three minutes.
    Written statements and oral comments concerning NACIQI's work 
outside of a specific accrediting agency under review must be limited 
to the scope of NACIQI's authority as outlined under section 114 of the 
HEA.
    There are two methods the public may use to request to make a 
third-party oral comment of three minutes or less at the May 22-24, 
2018 meeting. To submit a written statement to NACIQI concerning its 
work outside a specific accrediting agency under review, please follow 
Method One.

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    Method One: Submit a written request by email to the 
[email protected] mailbox. Please do not send material directly 
to NACIQI members. Written statements to NACIQI concerning its work 
outside a specific accrediting agency under review, and requests to 
make oral comments, must be received by May 9, 2018, and include the 
subject line ``Oral Comment Request: (agency name),'' ``Oral Comment 
Request: (subject)'' or ``Written Statement: (subject).'' The email 
must include the name(s), title, organization/affiliation, mailing 
address, email address, telephone number, of the person(s) submitting a 
written statement or requesting to speak, and a brief summary (not to 
exceed one page) of the principal points to be made during the oral 
presentation. All individuals submitting an advance request in 
accordance with this notice will be afforded an opportunity to speak.
    Method Two: Register at the meeting location on May 22, 2018, from 
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., to make an oral comment during NACIQI's 
deliberations. The requestor must provide the subject or agency name on 
which he or she wishes to comment, in addition to his or her name, 
title, organization/affiliation, mailing address, email address, and 
telephone number. A total of up to fifteen minutes for each agenda item 
will be allotted for oral commenters who register on May 22, 2018 by 
8:30 a.m. Individuals will be selected on a first-come, first-served 
basis. If selected, each commenter's remarks may not exceed three 
minutes.
    Access to Records of the Meeting: The Department will post the 
official report of the meeting on the NACIQI website within 90 days 
after the meeting. Pursuant to the FACA, the public may also inspect 
the materials at 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC, by emailing 
[email protected] or by calling (202) 453-7615 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.
    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.

    Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1011c.

Lynn B. Mahaffie,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Policy and Innovation.
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