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Citations: (R)602.1
AsOfDate: 12/31/98

Sec. 602.1 Purpose.

(a)(1) This part establishes procedures and criteria for the Secretary's recognition of accrediting agencies. The purpose of the
Secretary's recognition of agencies is to ensure that these agencies are, for the purposes of the Higher Education Act of 1965,
as amended (HEA), or for other Federal purposes, reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training offered by the
institutions of higher education or the higher education programs they accredit.

(2) The Secretary's recognition of an accrediting agency is based on the Secretary's determination that the agency satisfies the
requirements of this part.

(b) The Secretary only grants recognition to those accrediting agencies that--

(1) Accredit--

(i) Institutions of higher education, provided that accreditation by the agency is a required element in enabling those institutions
to establish eligibility to participate in HEA programs; or

(ii) Institutions of higher education or higher education programs, provided that accreditation
by the agency is a required element in enabling those institutions or programs to establish
eligibility to participate in other programs administered by the Department or by other Federal
agencies;

(2) Meet the organization and membership requirements specified in Sec. 602.3;

(3) For agencies already recognized by the Secretary, comply with the information sharing requirements specified in Sec. 602.4;
and

(4) Satisfy the criteria for Secretarial recognition specified in Subpart C of this part.

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