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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 103 / Thursday, May 28, 2020 / Notices (1) An explanation of how each proposed performance target is achievable compared to the baseline for the performance measure. (2) An explanation of the data collection and reporting methods the applicant would use and why those methods are likely to yield reliable, valid, and meaningful performance data; and (3) An explanation of the applicant’s capacity to collect and report reliable, valid, and meaningful performance data, as evidenced by high-quality data collection, analysis, and reporting in other projects or research. 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Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Register notice. In addition, a later Federal Register notice will describe how to register to provide oral comments at the meeting. Agencies under Review and Evaluation: The Department requests written comments from the public on the following accrediting agencies, which are currently undergoing review and evaluation by the Accreditation Group, and which will be reviewed at the Winter 2021 NACIQI meeting. The agencies are listed by the type of application each has submitted. We have also indicated each agency’s current scope of recognition. If any agency requests a change to its scope of recognition, we have identified both the current scope of recognition and the requested scope of recognition. Frank T. Brogan, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. Applications for Renewal of Recognition 1. Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary institutions of Jewish Studies within the United States exclusively offering educational programs leading to a certificate, associate degree, baccalaureate degree or their equivalent credential in Jewish Studies or Classical Torah Studies. 2. American Speech-LanguageHearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (Accreditation Candidate) throughout the United States of education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master’s or doctoral level, and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education. 3. American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of institutions and programs within the United States awarding diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees in funeral service or mortuary science, including the accreditation of distance learning courses and programs offered by these programs and institutions. 4. Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation throughout the United States of graduate-level, four-year naturopathic medical education programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) or Doctor of Naturopathy (ND). 5. Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of institutions and programs in the United States that award postsecondary certificates, [FR Doc. 2020–11388 Filed 5–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Accrediting Agencies Currently Undergoing Review for Purposes of Recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education; Request for 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 request for written third-party comments concerning the performance of accrediting agencies under review by the Secretary of Education is required by section 496(n)(1)(A) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, and pertains to the Winter 2021 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The meeting date and location have not been determined, but will be announced in a later Federal PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 32032 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 103 / Thursday, May 28, 2020 / Notices postsecondary diplomas, academic Associate degrees and occupational Associate degrees, in the practice of massage therapy, bodywork, and aesthetics/esthetics and skin care. 6. Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of Montessori teacher education institutions and programs throughout the United States, including those offered via distance education. 7. Midwifery Education Accreditation Council. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation throughout the United States of directentry midwifery educational institutions and programs conferring degrees and certificates, including the accreditation of such programs offered via distance education. 8. National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of institutions and programs in the United States that award postsecondary certificates, postsecondary diplomas, academic Associate degrees and occupational Associate degrees, in the practice of massage therapy, bodywork, and aesthetics/esthetics and skin care. 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. 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 the 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. Application for Granting of Academic (Masters and Doctoral) Degrees by Federal Agencies and Institutions 1. U.S. Army Command and General Staff College: Undergoing Substantive Change (Curriculum Change). Robert L. King, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. Submission of Written Comments Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency Under Review Written comments about the recognition of any of the accrediting listed above must be received by June 23, 2020 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 petition for initial recognition, renewal of recognition, or an expansion of scope must relate to the agency’s compliance with the Criteria for the Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, which are available at http://www.ed.gov/admins/ finaid/accred/index.html. Only written materials submitted by the deadline to the email address listed DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 May 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1011c [FR Doc. 2020–11372 Filed 5–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P [Docket No.: ED–2020–SCC–0076] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Demonstration Grants for Indian Children and Youth Program Grant Application Package 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 reinstatement of a previously approved information collection. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Find this particular DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Bianca Williams, 202–453–5671. 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: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children and Youth Program Grant Application Package. OMB Control Number: 1810–0722. Type of Review: A reinstatement of a previously approved information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 100. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 3,000. Abstract: On March 31, 2020 the Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children and Youth Program (Demonstration Grants) (Vol. 85, No. 62, pages 17794–17805). Specifically, we proposed revising the regulations in 34 CFR part 263 that govern the E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 103 (Thursday, May 28, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Accrediting Agencies Currently Undergoing Review for Purposes of 
Recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education; Request for 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 request for written third-party 
comments concerning the performance of accrediting agencies under 
review by the Secretary of Education is required by section 
496(n)(1)(A) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, and 
pertains to the Winter 2021 meeting of the National Advisory Committee 
on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The meeting date and 
location have not been determined, but will be announced in a later 
Federal Register notice. In addition, a later Federal Register notice 
will describe how to register to provide oral comments at the meeting.
    Agencies under Review and Evaluation: The Department requests 
written comments from the public on the following accrediting agencies, 
which are currently undergoing review and evaluation by the 
Accreditation Group, and which will be reviewed at the Winter 2021 
NACIQI meeting.
    The agencies are listed by the type of application each has 
submitted. We have also indicated each agency's current scope of 
recognition. If any agency requests a change to its scope of 
recognition, we have identified both the current scope of recognition 
and the requested scope of recognition.

Applications for Renewal of Recognition

    1. Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies. Scope of 
Recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary institutions of Jewish 
Studies within the United States exclusively offering educational 
programs leading to a certificate, associate degree, baccalaureate 
degree or their equivalent credential in Jewish Studies or Classical 
Torah Studies.
    2. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on 
Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. 
Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation 
(Accreditation Candidate) throughout the United States of education 
programs in audiology and speech-language pathology leading to the 
first professional or clinical degree at the master's or doctoral 
level, and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance 
education.
    3. American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on 
Accreditation. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of institutions 
and programs within the United States awarding diplomas, associate 
degrees and bachelor's degrees in funeral service or mortuary science, 
including the accreditation of distance learning courses and programs 
offered by these programs and institutions.
    4. Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. Scope of Recognition: 
The accreditation and preaccreditation throughout the United States of 
graduate-level, four-year naturopathic medical education programs 
leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) or Doctor of 
Naturopathy (ND).
    5. Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Scope of 
Recognition: The accreditation of institutions and programs in the 
United States that award postsecondary certificates,

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postsecondary diplomas, academic Associate degrees and occupational 
Associate degrees, in the practice of massage therapy, bodywork, and 
aesthetics/esthetics and skin care.
    6. Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. Scope of 
Recognition: The accreditation of Montessori teacher education 
institutions and programs throughout the United States, including those 
offered via distance education.
    7. Midwifery Education Accreditation Council. Scope of Recognition: 
The accreditation and pre-accreditation throughout the United States of 
direct-entry midwifery educational institutions and programs conferring 
degrees and certificates, including the accreditation of such programs 
offered via distance education.
    8. National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, 
Inc. Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of institutions and 
programs in the United States that award postsecondary certificates, 
postsecondary diplomas, academic Associate degrees and occupational 
Associate degrees, in the practice of massage therapy, bodywork, and 
aesthetics/esthetics and skin care.

Application for Granting of Academic (Masters and Doctoral) Degrees by 
Federal Agencies and Institutions

    1. U.S. Army Command and General Staff College: Undergoing 
Substantive Change (Curriculum Change).

Submission of Written Comments Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency 
Under Review

    Written comments about the recognition of any of the accrediting 
listed above must be received by June 23, 2020 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 petition 
for initial recognition, renewal of recognition, or an expansion of 
scope must relate to the agency's compliance with the Criteria for the 
Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, which are available at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
    Only written materials 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.
    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 the 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

Robert L. King,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2020-11372 Filed 5-27-20; 8:45 am]
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