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1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires special education policy development Liaison. You may contact her at the U.S.
that the Office of Management and and support Government Performance Department of Education, Room 7105,
Budget (OMB) provide interested and Results Act (GPRA) measurement MS 8509, 1990 K Street, NW.,
Federal agencies and the public an early and Individuals with Disabilities Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202)
opportunity to comment on information Education Act (IDEA) reauthorization 219–7011, fax: (202) 219–7005, or e-
collection requests. OMB may amend or with data from parents, service mail:
waive the requirement for public providers, and teachers. Individuals who use a
consultation to the extent that public Requests for copies of the proposed telecommunications device for the deaf
participation in the approval process information collection request may be (TDD) may call the Federal Information
would defeat the purpose of the accessed from, Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339.
information collection, violate State or by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending
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statutory obligations. The IC Clearance information collection, click on The National Advisory Committee on
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grouped by office, contains the or faxed to 202– and State approval agencies.
following: (1) Type of review requested, 245–6623. Please specify the complete Will This Be My Only Opportunity To
e.g. new, revision, extension, existing or title of the information collection when Submit Written Comments?
reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of making your request.
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the collection; (4) Description of the opportunity you will have to submit
need for, and proposed use of, the the collection activity requirements
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this information be processed and used
in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION What Happens to the Comments That I
of burden accurate; (4) how might the Submit?
Department enhance the quality, utility, Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, We will review your comments, in
and clarity of the information to be State Agencies for the Approval of response to this notice, as part of our
collected; and (5) how might the Public Postsecondary Vocational evaluation of the agencies’ compliance
Department minimize the burden of this Education, and State Agencies for the with Section 496 of the Higher
collection on the respondents, including Approval of Nurse Education Education Act of 1965, as amended, and
through the use of information the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition
AGENCY: National Advisory Committee
technology. of Accrediting Agencies and State
on Institutional Quality and Integrity,
Dated: July 20, 2006. Department of Education (The Advisory Approval Agencies. The Criteria are
Angela C. Arrington, Committee). regulations found in 34 CFR part 602
IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information (for accrediting agencies) and in 34 CFR
Management Services, Office of Management. What Is the Purpose of This Notice? part 603 (for State approval agencies)
The purpose of this notice is to invite and are found at the following site:
Institute of Education Sciences
written comments on accrediting
Type of Review: Revision. agencies and State approval agencies accred/index.html. We will also include
Title: Pre-Elementary Education whose applications to the Secretary for your comments with the staff analyses
Longitudinal Study (PEELS). initial or renewed recognition, requests we present to the Advisory Committee
Frequency: Varies. for an expansion of the scope of at its December 2006 meeting.
Affected Public: Individuals or recognition, or reports will be reviewed Therefore, in order for us to give full
household; Not-for-profit institutions; at the Advisory Committee meeting to consideration to your comments, it is
State, Local, or Tribal Gov’t, SEAs or be held on December 4–6, 2006, at The important that we receive them by
LEAs. Madison, 15th and M Street, NW., August 25, 2006. In all instances, your
Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Washington, DC 20005, telephone: 202– comments about agencies seeking initial
Burden: Responses: 7,824; Burden 587–2684. recognition, continued recognition and/
Hours: 4,708. or an expansion of an agency’s scope of
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Abstract: PEELS will provide the first Where Should I Submit My Comments? recognition must relate to the Criteria
national picture of experiences and Please submit your written comments for Recognition. In addition, your
outcomes of three to five year old by mail, fax, or e-mail no later than comments for any agency whose interim
children in early childhood special August 25, 2006 to Ms. Robin report is scheduled for review must
education. The study will inform Greathouse, Accreditation and State relate to the issues raised and the

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Criteria for Recognition cited in the Professional Master’s Degree, Combined United States that offer degree programs
Secretary’s letter that requested the Baccalaureate/Master’s degree, and primarily by the distance education
interim report. Doctoral Degree for the accreditation of method from the associate up to and
occupational therapy assistant programs including the professional doctoral
What Happens to Comments Received
offering the Associate Degree or a degree, and are specifically certified by
After the Deadline? Certificate; and for its accreditation of the agency as accredited for Title IV
We will review any comments these programs offered via distance purposes; and the accreditation of
received after the deadline. If such education.) (Requested scope of postsecondary institutions in the United
comments, upon investigation, reveal recognition: The accreditation of States not participating in Title IV that
that the accrediting agency or State occupational therapy educational offer programs primarily by the distance
approval agency is not acting in programs offering the professional education method from the associates
accordance with the Criteria for master’s degree, combined up through the professional doctoral
Recognition, we will take action either baccalaureate/master’s degree, and degrees.)
before or after the meeting, as occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) 4. Middle States Commission on
appropriate. degree; the accreditation of occupational Secondary Schools. (Current scope of
therapy assistant programs offering the recognition: The accreditation of
What Agencies Will the Advisory associate degree or a certificate; and the institutions with postsecondary, non-
Committee Review at the Meeting? accreditation of these programs offered degree granting career and technology
The Secretary of Education recognizes via distance education.) programs in Delaware, Maryland, New
accrediting agencies and State approval Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the
Petitions for Renewal of Recognition Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the
agencies for public postsecondary
That Include an Expansion of the Scope District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin
vocational education and nurse
of Recognition Islands.) (Requested scope of
education if the Secretary determines
that they meet the Criteria for 1. The Association for Biblical Higher recognition: The accreditation of
Recognition. Recognition means that the Education, Commission on institutions with postsecondary, non-
Secretary considers the agency to be a Accreditation. (Current scope of degree granting career and technology
reliable authority as to the quality of recognition: The accreditation and programs in Delaware, Maryland, New
education offered by institutions or preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the
programs it accredits that are Accreditation’’) of Bible colleges and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the
encompassed within the scope of institutes in the United States offering District of Columbia, and the Virgin
recognition she grants to the agency. undergraduate programs.) (Requested Islands including programs offered all
Please note that the agencies listed scope of recognition: The accreditation or in part via distance education
below, which were originally scheduled and preaccreditation throughout the modalities at those institutions.)
for review during the National Advisory United States of institutions and 5. National League for Nursing
Committee’s June 2006 meeting, were programs of biblical higher education Accrediting Commission. (Current scope
postponed and will be reviewed at the that award undergraduate certificates of recognition: The accreditation in the
December 2006 meeting. and degrees, and masters, and doctoral United States of programs in practical
• Accrediting Bar Association. degrees including those programs nursing, and diploma, associate,
• Western Association of Schools and offered via traditional and alternative baccalaureate and higher degree nurse
Colleges, Accrediting Commission for [distance education] delivery systems.) education programs.) (Requested scope
Senior Colleges and Universities. 2. Commission on Collegiate Nursing of recognition: The accreditation in the
Education. (Current scope of United States of programs in practical
Any third-party written comments
recognition: The accreditation of nursing, diploma, associate,
regarding these agencies that were
nursing education programs in the baccalaureate and graduate degree nurse
received by March 8, 2006, in
United States, at the baccalaureate and education programs including those that
accordance with the Federal Register
graduate degree levels.) (Requested offer such programs via distance
notice published on February 6, 2006,
scope of recognition: The accreditation education.)
will become part of the official record.
of nursing programs in the United
Those comments will be considered by Petition for an Expansion of the Scope
States, at the baccalaureate and graduate
the National Advisory Committee when 1. Western Association of Schools and
degree levels, including programs
it reviews the agencies at the December Colleges, Accrediting Commission for
offering distance education.)
2006 meeting. 3. Distance Education and Training Schools. (Current scope of recognition:
The following agencies will be Council, Accrediting Commission. The accreditation and preaccreditation
reviewed during the December 2006 (Current scope of recognition: The (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of adult
meeting of the Advisory Committee: accreditation of postsecondary and postsecondary schools that offer
Nationally Recognized Accrediting institutions in the United States that programs below the degree level in
Agencies offer degree programs primarily by the California, Hawaii, the United States
distance education method up through territories of Guam and American
Petition for Renewal of Recognition That the first professional degree level, and Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the
Includes a Contraction of the Scope of are specifically certified by the agency Federated States of Micronesia, the
Recognition as accredited for Title IV purposes; and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
1. American Occupational Therapy the accreditation of postsecondary Islands, and the Republic of the
Association, Accreditation Council for institutions in the United States not Marshall Islands.) (Requested scope of
Occupational Therapy Education. participating in Title IV that offer recognition: The accreditation and
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(Current scope of recognition: The programs primarily by the distance preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for
accreditation of entry-level professional education method up through the first Accreditation’’) of adult and
occupational therapy educational professional degree level.) (Requested postsecondary schools that offer
programs offering the Baccalaureate scope of recognition: The accreditation programs below the degree level in
Degree, Post-baccalaureate Certificate, of postsecondary institutions in the California, Hawaii, the United States

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territories of Guam and American preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for Secretary, who then forwards the
Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Accreditation’’) of senior colleges and committee’s recommendation and the
Federated States of Micronesia, the universities in California, Hawaii, the Secretary’s recommendation to the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana United States territories of Guam and Office of Management and Budget for
Islands, and the Republic of the American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, review and transmittal to the Congress.
Marshall Islands; and the accreditation the Federated States of Micronesia, the The Secretary uses the Advisory
and preaccreditation of not-for-profit Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Committee as the review committee
postsecondary non-degree-granting Islands and the Republic of the Marshall required for this purpose. Accordingly,
institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Islands, including distance education the Advisory Committee will review the
Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and programs offered at those institutions.) following institution at this meeting:
Washington.) Interim Reports. (An interim report is
a follow-up report on an accrediting Proposed Master’s Degree-Granting
Petitions for Renewal of Recognition Authority
agency’s compliance with specific
1. American Academy for Liberal criteria for recognition.) 1. National Defense University,
Education. (Current and requested scope 1. Council on Naturopathic Medical
of recognition: The accreditation and Washington, DC (request to award a
Education. Master’s in Arts in Strategic Security
preaccreditation (‘‘Candidacy for 2. North Central Association
Accreditation’’) of institutions of higher Studies degree).
Commission on Accreditation and
education and programs within School Improvement, Board of Trustees. Where Can I Inspect Petitions and
institutions of higher education Third-Party Comments Before and After
throughout the United States that offer State Agencies Recognized for the the Meeting?
liberal arts degree(s) at the baccalaureate Approval of Public Postsecondary
level or a documented equivalency.) Vocational Education All petitions and those third-party
2. American Bar Association, Council Renewal Petitions comments received in advance of the
of the Section of Legal Education and meeting will be available for public
Admissions to the Bar. (Current and 1. Oklahoma Board of Career and inspection at the U.S. Department of
requested scope of recognition: The Technology Education (Current and Education, Room 7105, MS 8509, 1990
accreditation throughout the United requested scope of recognition: The K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006,
States of programs in legal education approval of public postsecondary telephone (202) 219–7011 between the
that lead to the first professional degree vocational education offered at hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday
in law, as well as freestanding law institutions in the State of Oklahoma through Friday, until November 6, 2006.
schools offering such programs.) that are not under the jurisdiction of the They will be available again after the
3. American Physical Therapy Oklahoma State Regents for Higher December 4–6, 2006 Advisory
Association, Commission on Education.) Committee meeting. An appointment
Accreditation in Physical Therapy 2. Pennsylvania State Board of must be made in advance of such
Education (Current and requested scope Vocational Education, Bureau of Career inspection.
of recognition: The accreditation and and Technical Education.
preaccreditation (‘‘Candidate for How May I Obtain Electronic Access to
Interim Reports This Document?
Accreditation’’) in the United States of
physical therapist education programs 1. New York State Board of Regents
(Public Postsecondary Vocational You may view this document, as well
leading to the first professional degree at as all other Department of Education
the master’s or doctoral level and Education).
2. Puerto Rico State Agency for the documents published in the Federal
physical therapist assistant education Register, in text or Adobe Portable
Approval of Public Postsecondary
programs at the associate degree level Document Format (PDF) on the Internet
Vocational, Technical Institutions and
and for its accreditation of such at the following site:
programs offered via distance legislation/FedRegister.
education.) State Agency Recognized for the
4. American Veterinary Medical Approval of Nurse Education To use PDF you must have Adobe
Association, Council on Education. Acrobat Reader, which is available free
(Current and requested scope of Petition for Renewal of Recognition at this site. If you have questions about
recognition: The accreditation and 1. Maryland Board of Nursing. using PDF, call the U.S. Government
preaccreditation (‘‘Reasonable Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
Federal Agency Seeking Degree- 888–293–6498; or in the Washington,
Assurance’’) in the United States of
Granting Authority DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
programs leading to professional
degrees (D.V.M. or D.M.V.) in veterinary In accordance with the Federal policy Note: The official version of this document
medicine.) governing the granting of academic is the document published in the Federal
5. Association for Clinical Pastoral degrees by Federal agencies (approved Register. Free Internet access to the official
Education, Inc., Accreditation by a letter from the Director, Bureau of edition of the Federal Register and the Code
Commission. (Current and requested the Budget, to the Secretary, Health, of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
scope of recognition: The accreditation Education, and Welfare, dated Access at:
December 23, 1954), the Secretary is index.html.
of both clinical pastoral education (CPE)
centers and CPE and Supervisory CPE required to establish a review committee Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.
programs located within the United to advise the Secretary concerning any
legislation that may be proposed that Dated: July 20, 2006.
States and territories.)
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6. Western Association of Schools and would authorize the granting of degrees James F. Manning,
Colleges, Accrediting Commission for by a Federal agency. The review Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary
Senior Colleges and Universities. committee forwards its recommendation Education.
(Current and requested scope of concerning a Federal agency’s proposed [FR Doc. E6–11914 Filed 7–25–06; 8:45 am]
recognition: The accreditation and degree-granting authority to the BILLING CODE 4000–01–P

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