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Citations: (R)602.12
AsOfDate: 12/31/97

Sec. 602.12 Review by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

(a)(1) The Advisory Committee considers an accrediting agency's application at a public meeting and invites the
designated Department official, the agency, and other interested parties to make oral presentations at the meeting.

(2) The designated Department official arranges for a transcript to be made of the Advisory Committee meeting.

(b) At the conclusion of the meeting, the Advisory Committee recommends that the Secretary approve or deny
recognition of the accrediting agency or defer a decision on the agency's application.

(c)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (c)(2) of this section, the Advisory Committee recommends recognition of
an agency if the agency complies with each of the requirements of this part.

(2) The Advisory Committee may recommend recognition despite finding that the agency failed to comply with
each of the requirements of this part if the Advisory Committee provides the Secretary with a detailed explanation
as to why it believes the agency's failure to comply with the particular requirement(s) does not require denial or
deferral.

(3) If the Advisory Committee recommends recognition, the Advisory Committee also recommends the scope of
recognition for the agency and a recognition period.

(4) If the Advisory Committee recommends denial of recognition, the Advisory Committee specifies the reasons
for the recommendation and the requirements of this part that the agency failed to meet.

(5) If the Advisory Committee recommends deferral of a decision on the agency's application, the Advisory
Committee specifies the reasons for the recommendation, the requirements of this part that it believes the agency
has not met, and a recommended deferral period.

(d) After the meeting, the Advisory Committee forwards its written recommendations concerning recognition to
the Secretary.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1099b, 1145)