Accrediting Agencies Currently Undergoing Review for the Purposes of Recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education, 36532-36533 [2021-14741]

Download as PDF 36532 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 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: Endowment Excise Tax: Allocation Reduction Waiver. OMB Control Number: 1840–NEW. Type of Review: A new information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 200. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 200. Abstract: In accordance with the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116–260, section 314(d)(6)(B), the Secretary may waive the requirements to reduce a grantee’s CRRSAA allocation by 50 percent, if upon application, an institution of higher education demonstrates need (including need for additional funding for financial aid grants to students, payroll expenses, or other expenditures) for the total amount of funds such institution is allocated under section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA. The proposed form provides institutions with the opportunity to request this waiver and collects data needed to evaluate their waiver request. Additional Information: If this emergency collection is not approved, the Department will be unable to receive and review waiver requests in a timely manner, delaying the release of funds to institutions of higher education and students that are still recovering from the effects of the pandemic. Dated: July 7, 2021. Juliana Pearson, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Office, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2021–14736 Filed 7–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 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, U.S. 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 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: 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 2022 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 2022 NACIQI meeting. The agencies are listed by the type of application each agency has submitted. Please note, each agency’s current scope of recognition is indicated below. If any agency requests a change to its scope of recognition, identified are both the current scope of recognition and the requested scope of recognition. SUMMARY: Applications for Renewal of Recognition 1. Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation. Scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation (‘‘Candidate Status’’) of institutions of PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 biblical higher education in the United States offering undergraduate certificates, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, graduate certificates, and master’s degrees, including the accreditation of educational programs offered via distance education. 2. American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of occupational therapy educational programs offering the professional master’s degree, combined baccalaureate/master’s degree, and occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) degree; the accreditation of occupational therapy assistant programs offering the associate degree or a certificate; and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education. Requested scope of recognition: The pre-accreditation and accreditation throughout the United States of occupational therapy education programs offering the professional master’s degree, combined baccalaureate/master’s degree, and occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) degree; and occupational therapy assistant programs offering the baccalaureate degree, associate degree, or a certificate; including those programs offered via distance education. 3. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation within the United States of professional degree programs in pharmacy leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, including those programs offered via distance education. 4. Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission. Scope of recognition: The pre-accreditation (provisional) and accreditation of both clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers and Certified Educator CPE programs within the United States, including those that offer those programs via distance education. 5. American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of predoctoral dental education programs (leading to the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree), advanced dental education programs, and allied dental education programs that are fully operational or have attained ‘‘Initial Accreditation’’ status, including programs offered via distance education. 6. Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary institutions in the United States that offer degree and/or non-degree programs primarily by the distance or correspondence education method up to E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices and including the professional doctoral degree, including those institutions that are specifically certified by the agency as accredited for Title IV purposes. 7. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree granting institutions that offer all or part of their educational programs via distance education modalities in the United States. 8. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (‘‘SACSCOC’’). Scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of degree-granting institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, including the accreditation of programs offered via distance and correspondence education within these institutions. This recognition extends to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees and the Appeals Committee of the College Delegate Assembly on cases of initial candidacy or initial accreditation and for continued accreditation or candidacy. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Compliance Reports 1. New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, Practical Nursing). Scope of Recognition: State agency for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education in the field of practical nursing offered by a Board of Cooperative Educational Services, an Educational Opportunity Center, City School Districts, and County Boards of Supervisors to prepare persons for licensed practical nursing careers in the State of New York. The compliance report includes findings of noncompliance with Criteria in 34 CFR 603 as referenced in the SDO decision letter dated May 27, 2020 available under NACIQI meeting date 02/27/2020 at https://surveys.ope.ed.gov/ erecognition/PublicDocuments. Submission of Written Comments Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency Under Review Written comments about the recognition of any of the accrediting agencies listed above must be received by August 15, 2021, in the ThirdPartyComments@ed.gov mailbox. Please include in the subject line ‘‘Written Comments: (agency name).’’ The electronic mail (email) must include the name(s), title, organization/ affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 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 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; 20 U.S.C. 1099b. Annmarie Weisman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Innovation, Office of Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 2021–14741 Filed 7–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36533 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2021–SCC–0034] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Assurance of Compliance—Civil Rights Certificate Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of a currently approved collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 11, 2021. 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 information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. Comments may also be sent to ICDocketmgr@ed.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Elizabeth Wiegman, 202–453–6039. 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1

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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, U.S. 
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 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 Sec.  496(n)(1)(A) 
of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, and pertains to 
the summer 2022 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 2022 
NACIQI meeting.
    The agencies are listed by the type of application each agency has 
submitted. Please note, each agency's current scope of recognition is 
indicated below. If any agency requests a change to its scope of 
recognition, identified are both the current scope of recognition and 
the requested scope of recognition.

Applications for Renewal of Recognition

    1. Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on 
Accreditation. Scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-
accreditation (``Candidate Status'') of institutions of biblical higher 
education in the United States offering undergraduate certificates, 
associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, graduate certificates, and 
master's degrees, including the accreditation of educational programs 
offered via distance education.
    2. American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council 
for Occupational Therapy Education. Scope of recognition: The 
accreditation of occupational therapy educational programs offering the 
professional master's degree, combined baccalaureate/master's degree, 
and occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) degree; the accreditation of 
occupational therapy assistant programs offering the associate degree 
or a certificate; and the accreditation of these programs offered via 
distance education. Requested scope of recognition: The pre-
accreditation and accreditation throughout the United States of 
occupational therapy education programs offering the professional 
master's degree, combined baccalaureate/master's degree, and 
occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) degree; and occupational therapy 
assistant programs offering the baccalaureate degree, associate degree, 
or a certificate; including those programs offered via distance 
education.
    3. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Scope of 
recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation within the United 
States of professional degree programs in pharmacy leading to the 
degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, including those programs offered via 
distance education.
    4. Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation 
Commission. Scope of recognition: The pre-accreditation (provisional) 
and accreditation of both clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers and 
Certified Educator CPE programs within the United States, including 
those that offer those programs via distance education.
    5. American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation. 
Scope of recognition: The accreditation of predoctoral dental education 
programs (leading to the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree), advanced dental 
education programs, and allied dental education programs that are fully 
operational or have attained ``Initial Accreditation'' status, 
including programs offered via distance education.
    6. Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Scope of recognition: 
The accreditation of postsecondary institutions in the United States 
that offer degree and/or non-degree programs primarily by the distance 
or correspondence education method up to

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and including the professional doctoral degree, including those 
institutions that are specifically certified by the agency as 
accredited for Title IV purposes.
    7. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Scope of 
recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree granting 
institutions that offer all or part of their educational programs via 
distance education modalities in the United States.
    8. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on 
Colleges (``SACSCOC''). Scope of recognition: The accreditation and 
pre-accreditation (``Candidate for Accreditation'') of degree-granting 
institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, 
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, 
Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, including the accreditation of programs 
offered via distance and correspondence education within these 
institutions. This recognition extends to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees 
and the Appeals Committee of the College Delegate Assembly on cases of 
initial candidacy or initial accreditation and for continued 
accreditation or candidacy.

Compliance Reports

    1. New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, 
Office of the Professions (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, 
Practical Nursing). Scope of Recognition: State agency for the approval 
of public postsecondary vocational education in the field of practical 
nursing offered by a Board of Cooperative Educational Services, an 
Educational Opportunity Center, City School Districts, and County 
Boards of Supervisors to prepare persons for licensed practical nursing 
careers in the State of New York. The compliance report includes 
findings of noncompliance with Criteria in 34 CFR 603 as referenced in 
the SDO decision letter dated May 27, 2020 available under NACIQI 
meeting date 02/27/2020 at https://surveys.ope.ed.gov/erecognition/PublicDocuments.

Submission of Written Comments Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency 
Under Review

    Written comments about the recognition of any of the accrediting 
agencies listed above must be received by August 15, 2021, in the 
[email protected] mailbox. Please include in the subject line 
``Written Comments: (agency name).'' The electronic mail (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 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 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; 20 U.S.C. 1099b.

Annmarie Weisman,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Innovation, Office 
of Postsecondary Education.
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