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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 156 / Wednesday, August 12, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Corporation for National and Community Service, Gary Crosson, at 202–606–6688 or by email to GCrosson@cns.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OMB is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of CNCS, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions; • Propose ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Propose ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments A 60-day Notice requesting public comment was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2020 at 16930. This comment period ended May, 26, 2020. No public comments were received in response to this Notice. Title of Collection: NCCC Team Leader Application. OMB Control Number: 3045–0005. Type of Review: Renewal. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals and Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 800. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,600. Abstract: The NCCC Team Leader application, which is available electronically for all applicants, provides information CNCS uses to select Team Leaders for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). CNCS seeks to renew the current information collection. The revisions are intended to allow us to ask more specific questions about the difficulites of serving in the NCCC program and if the applicant is ready for those challenges. The revisions will also allow applicants to provide explantations when they answer ‘‘No’’ or ‘‘Maybe’’ to one of the seventeen ‘‘Yes,’’ ‘‘No,’’ or ‘‘Maybe’’ questions we ask. The information collection will otherwise be used in the same manner as the existing application. CNCS also seeks to continue using the current VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:37 Aug 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 48679 application until the revised application is approved by OMB. The current application is due to expire on 11/30/ 2020. agency requests a change to its scope of recognition, we have identified both the current scope of recognition and the requested scope of recognition. Dated: August 3, 2020. Jacob Sgambati, Acting Deputy Director, AmeriCorps NCCC. Applications for Renewal of Recognition 1. Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation (‘‘Candidacy’’) throughout the United States of professional non-degree and graduate degree programs, including professional doctoral programs, in the field of acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine, as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine that offer such programs. 2. Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly* allied health education programs leading to a certificate, diploma, and degrees at the level of the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Science, Academic Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s; and the programmatic accreditation of medical assisting, medical laboratory technology, and surgical technology programs, through the Associate degree, including those offered via distance education. The scope extends to the Substantive Change Committee, jointly with the Commission, for decisions on substantive change. 3. Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of theological schools and seminaries, as well as schools or programs that are parts of colleges or universities, in the United States, offering post baccalaureate degrees in professional and academic theological education, including delivery via distance education. 4. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions in the United States, including those granting associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including institutions that offer programs via distance education. 5. Council on Occupational Education. Scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Candidacy Status’’) throughout the United States of postsecondary occupational education institutions [FR Doc. 2020–17656 Filed 8–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6050–28–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Accrediting Agencies Currently Undergoing Review for the Purposes of Recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education Accreditation Group, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of 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 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: 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 § 496(n)(1)(A) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, and pertains to the summer 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 Summer 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 48680 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 156 / Wednesday, August 12, 2020 / Notices offering non-degree and applied associate degree programs in specific career and technical education fields, including institutions that offer programs via distance education. 6. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Scope of recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of programs in legal education that lead to the first professional degree in law, including those offered via distance education, 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. 7. American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation. 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; and the preaccreditation in the United States of doctoral internship programs in health service psychology; and postdoctoral residency programs in health service psychology. 8. American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Scope of recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation (‘‘Provisional Accreditation’’) throughout the United States of freestanding, public and private nonprofit institutions of osteopathic medicine and programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. 9. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission. 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. 10. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational careers, including those VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:37 Aug 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 that offer those programs via distance 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 September 12, 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 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. 2020–17634 Filed 8–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2020–SCC–0130] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program Annual Performance Report Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision to an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 13, 2020. 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– 2020–SCC–0130. 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. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please include the docket ID number and the title of the information collection request when requesting documents or submitting comments. 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 Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, LBJ, Room 6W208D, Washington, DC 20202–8240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Kenneth Foushee, 202–453–7417. 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Accrediting Agencies Currently Undergoing Review for the Purposes 
of Recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education

AGENCY: Accreditation Group, Office of Postsecondary Education, 
Department of 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 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 Sec.  496(n)(1)(A) 
of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, and pertains to 
the summer 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 Summer 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. Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 
Scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation 
(``Candidacy'') throughout the United States of professional non-degree 
and graduate degree programs, including professional doctoral programs, 
in the field of acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine, as well as 
freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture and/or Oriental 
medicine that offer such programs.
    2. Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Scope of 
recognition: The accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions 
in the United States offering predominantly* allied health education 
programs leading to a certificate, diploma, and degrees at the level of 
the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Science, 
Academic Associate, Baccalaureate and Master's; and the programmatic 
accreditation of medical assisting, medical laboratory technology, and 
surgical technology programs, through the Associate degree, including 
those offered via distance education. The scope extends to the 
Substantive Change Committee, jointly with the Commission, for 
decisions on substantive change.
    3. Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological 
Schools. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of theological schools 
and seminaries, as well as schools or programs that are parts of 
colleges or universities, in the United States, offering post 
baccalaureate degrees in professional and academic theological 
education, including delivery via distance education.
    4. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Scope of 
recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting 
institutions and degree-granting institutions in the United States, 
including those granting associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees, 
that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, 
trade and technical careers, and including institutions that offer 
programs via distance education.
    5. Council on Occupational Education. Scope of recognition: The 
accreditation and preaccreditation (``Candidacy Status'') throughout 
the United States of postsecondary occupational education institutions

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offering non-degree and applied associate degree programs in specific 
career and technical education fields, including institutions that 
offer programs via distance education.
    6. American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal 
Education and Admissions to the Bar. Scope of recognition: The 
accreditation throughout the United States of programs in legal 
education that lead to the first professional degree in law, including 
those offered via distance education, 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.
    7. American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation. 
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; and the preaccreditation in the United 
States of doctoral internship programs in health service psychology; 
and postdoctoral residency programs in health service psychology.
    8. American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic 
College Accreditation. Scope of recognition: The accreditation and 
preaccreditation (``Provisional Accreditation'') throughout the United 
States of freestanding, public and private non-profit institutions of 
osteopathic medicine and programs leading to the degree of Doctor of 
Osteopathy or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
    9. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, 
Accreditation Commission. 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.
    10. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Scope 
of recognition: The accreditation of private postsecondary institutions 
offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions 
offering associate, bachelor's, or master's degrees in programs 
designed to educate students for professional, technical, or 
occupational careers, including those that offer those programs via 
distance 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 September 12, 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. 2020-17634 Filed 8-11-20; 8:45 am]
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