Office of Postsecondary Education; Call for Written Third-Party Comments, 44869-44870 [2018-19003]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 171 / Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / Notices Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW, PCP, Room 9088, Washington, DC 20202–0023. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Lisa Gillette, 202–260–1426. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: High School Equivalency Program (HEP) Annual Performance Report. OMB Control Number: 1810–0684. Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments. 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The HEP office staff requests to continue a customized APR that goes beyond the generic 524B APR to facilitate the collection of more standardized and comprehensive data to inform GPRA, to improve the overall quality of data collected, and to increase the quality of data that can be used to inform policy decisions. Dated: August 29, 2018. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2018–19075 Filed 8–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Postsecondary Education; Call for Written Third-Party Comments U.S. Department of Education, Accreditation Group, Office of Postsecondary Education. ACTION: Call for written third-party comments. AGENCY: This notice provides information to members of the public on submitting written comments for accrediting agencies currently undergoing review for purposes of recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Herman Bounds, Director, Accreditation Group, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 270–01, Washington, DC 20202, telephone: (202) 453–7615, or email: herman.bounds@ed.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation of third-party comments concerning the performance of accrediting agencies under review by the Secretary of Education is required by § 496(n)(1)(A) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. These accrediting agencies will be on the agenda for the Winter 2019 National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity meeting. The meeting date has not been determined, but will be announced in a separate Federal Register notice. Agencies Under Review and Evaluation: Below is a list of agencies currently undergoing review and evaluation by the Accreditation Group, including their current and requested scopes of recognition: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44869 Applications for Renewal of Recognition 1. Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of institutions of higher education that offer continuing education and vocational programs that confer certificates or occupational associate degrees, including those programs offered via distance education. 2. American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Provisional Accreditation’’) in the United States of programs leading to professional degrees (D.V.M. or D.M.D.) in veterinary medicine. 3. Council on Education for Public Health. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation within the United States of schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health, at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels, including those offered via distance education. 4. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of community and other colleges with a primarily prebaccalaureate mission located in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which offer certificates, associate degrees, and the first baccalaureate degree by means of a substantive change review offered by institutions that are already accredited by the agency, and such programs offered via distance education and correspondence education at these colleges. This recognition also extends to the Committee on Substantive Change of the Commission, for decisions on substantive changes, and the Appeals Panel. Compliance Report 1. The Council on Chiropractic Education compliance report includes the following: finding identified in the May 25, 2017 letter from the senior Department official following the February 22, 2017 NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/ aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm, with respect to recognition requirements found at 34 CFR 602.20(a). Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1 44870 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 171 / Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / Notices programs leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree and single-purpose institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic program. 2. Commission on English Language Program Accreditation Compliance report includes the following: Finding identified in the May 25, 2017 letter from the senior Department official following the February 22, 2017 NACIQI meeting available at: https:// opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/ finalstaffreports.cfm, with respect to recognition requirements found at 34 CFR 602.20(b). Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting English language programs and institutions in the United States. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Application for an Expansion of Scope 1. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of community and other colleges with a primarily prebaccalaureate mission located in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which offer certificates, associate degrees, and the first baccalaureate degree by means of a substantive change review offered by institutions that are already accredited by the agency, and such programs offered via distance education and correspondence education at these colleges. This recognition also extends to the Committee on Substantive Change of the Commission, for decisions on substantive changes, and the Appeals Panel. Requested Scope of Recognition The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of community and other colleges in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which have as a primary mission the granting of associate degrees, but which may also award certificates and other credentials, including bachelor’s degrees, where the provision of such credentials is within the institution’s mission and, if applicable, is authorized by their governmental authorities, and the accreditation of such programs offered VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Aug 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 via distance education and correspondence education at these colleges. This recognition also extends to the Committee on Substantive Change of the Commission, for decisions on substantive changes. Submission of Written Comments Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency or State Approval Agency Under Review Written comments about the recognition of a specific accrediting or State agency must be received by September 30, 2018, in the ThirdPartyComments@ed.gov mailbox and include the subject line ‘‘Written Comments: (Agency name).’’ The email must include the name(s), title, organization/affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the person(s) 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 that has submitted a compliance report scheduled for review by the Department must relate to the criteria for recognition cited in the senior Department official’s letter that requested the report, or in the Secretary’s appeal decision, if any. Comments about an agency that has submitted a petition for renewal of recognition must relate to the agency’s compliance with the Criteria for the Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, 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. Only written 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 NACIQI in their deliberations. A later Federal Register notice will describe how to register to provide oral comments at the meeting regarding the recognition of a specific accrediting agency or State approval agency. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. 2018–19003 Filed 8–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2018–ICCD–0068] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Annual Performance Report (APR) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2018–ICCD–0068. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW, PCP, Room 9088, Washington, DC 20202–0023. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 171 (Tuesday, September 4, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Postsecondary Education; Call for Written Third-Party 
Comments

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education, Accreditation Group, Office of 
Postsecondary Education.

ACTION: Call for written third-party comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides information to members of the public on 
submitting written comments for accrediting agencies currently 
undergoing review for purposes of recognition by the U.S. Secretary of 
Education.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Herman Bounds, Director, Accreditation 
Group, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 270-01, Washington, DC 20202, telephone: 
(202) 453-7615, or email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation of third-party comments 
concerning the performance of accrediting agencies under review by the 
Secretary of Education is required by Sec.  496(n)(1)(A) of the Higher 
Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. These accrediting agencies 
will be on the agenda for the Winter 2019 National Advisory Committee 
on Institutional Quality and Integrity meeting. The meeting date has 
not been determined, but will be announced in a separate Federal 
Register notice.
    Agencies Under Review and Evaluation: Below is a list of agencies 
currently undergoing review and evaluation by the Accreditation Group, 
including their current and requested scopes of recognition:

Applications for Renewal of Recognition

    1. Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Scope 
of Recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of 
institutions of higher education that offer continuing education and 
vocational programs that confer certificates or occupational associate 
degrees, including those programs offered via distance education.
    2. American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education. 
Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation 
(``Provisional Accreditation'') in the United States of programs 
leading to professional degrees (D.V.M. or D.M.D.) in veterinary 
medicine.
    3. Council on Education for Public Health. Scope of Recognition: 
The accreditation within the United States of schools of public health 
and public health programs outside schools of public health, at the 
baccalaureate and graduate degree levels, including those offered via 
distance education.
    4. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting 
Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Scope of Recognition: The 
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of 
community and other colleges with a primarily pre-baccalaureate mission 
located in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam 
and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of 
Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the 
Republic of the Marshall Islands, which offer certificates, associate 
degrees, and the first baccalaureate degree by means of a substantive 
change review offered by institutions that are already accredited by 
the agency, and such programs offered via distance education and 
correspondence education at these colleges. This recognition also 
extends to the Committee on Substantive Change of the Commission, for 
decisions on substantive changes, and the Appeals Panel.

Compliance Report

    1. The Council on Chiropractic Education compliance report includes 
the following: finding identified in the May 25, 2017 letter from the 
senior Department official following the February 22, 2017 NACIQI 
meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm, with respect to recognition requirements found 
at 34 CFR 602.20(a). Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of

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programs leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree and single-
purpose institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic program.
    2. Commission on English Language Program Accreditation Compliance 
report includes the following: Finding identified in the May 25, 2017 
letter from the senior Department official following the February 22, 
2017 NACIQI meeting available at: https://opeweb.ed.gov/aslweb/finalstaffreports.cfm, with respect to recognition requirements found 
at 34 CFR 602.20(b). Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of 
postsecondary, non-degree-granting English language programs and 
institutions in the United States.

Application for an Expansion of Scope

    1. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting 
Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Scope of Recognition: The 
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of 
community and other colleges with a primarily pre-baccalaureate mission 
located in California, Hawaii, the United States territories of Guam 
and American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of 
Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the 
Republic of the Marshall Islands, which offer certificates, associate 
degrees, and the first baccalaureate degree by means of a substantive 
change review offered by institutions that are already accredited by 
the agency, and such programs offered via distance education and 
correspondence education at these colleges. This recognition also 
extends to the Committee on Substantive Change of the Commission, for 
decisions on substantive changes, and the Appeals Panel.

Requested Scope of Recognition

    The accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidate for 
Accreditation'') of community and other colleges in California, Hawaii, 
the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Republic 
of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the 
Northern Marianas, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which have 
as a primary mission the granting of associate degrees, but which may 
also award certificates and other credentials, including bachelor's 
degrees, where the provision of such credentials is within the 
institution's mission and, if applicable, is authorized by their 
governmental authorities, and the accreditation of such programs 
offered via distance education and correspondence education at these 
colleges. This recognition also extends to the Committee on Substantive 
Change of the Commission, for decisions on substantive changes.

Submission of Written Comments Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency 
or State Approval Agency Under Review

    Written comments about the recognition of a specific accrediting or 
State agency must be received by September 30, 2018, in the 
[email protected] mailbox and include the subject line 
``Written Comments: (Agency name).'' The email must include the 
name(s), title, organization/affiliation, mailing address, email 
address, and telephone number of the person(s) 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 that has submitted a compliance 
report scheduled for review by the Department must relate to the 
criteria for recognition cited in the senior Department official's 
letter that requested the report, or in the Secretary's appeal 
decision, if any. Comments about an agency that has submitted a 
petition for renewal of recognition must relate to the agency's 
compliance with the Criteria for the Recognition of Accrediting 
Agencies, 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.
    Only written 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 NACIQI in 
their deliberations.
    A later Federal Register notice will describe how to register to 
provide oral comments at the meeting regarding the recognition of a 
specific accrediting agency or State approval agency.
    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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