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ED - 98 - National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and IntegrityAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2021Committee Number98
Original Establishment Date11/8/1965Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date12/14/2015Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director/DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*George
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameAlan
Specific Termination Authority20 U.S.C. 1011cDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Smith
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*20 U.S.C. 1011c(a)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 453-7757
Effective Date Of Authority*8/14/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*Not Applicable
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The statute authorizes the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) to assess the process of accreditation and the institutional eligibility and certification of institutions of higher education (as defined in Section 102 of Title I of the HEA). The Committee:
(1) Advises the Secretary with respect to establishment and enforcement of the standards of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2 of Part H of Title IV, HEA;
(2) Advises the Secretary with respect to the recognition of a specific accrediting agency or association;
(3) Advises the Secretary with respect to the preparation and publication of the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations;
(4) Advises the Secretary with respect to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education under Title IV, HEA, together with recommendations for improvements in such process;
(5) Advises the Secretary with respect to the relationship between—
i. Accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions; and
ii. State licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions;
(6) Submits an annual report that covers the preceding year's activities to the Secretary, the authorizing committees, and the public not later than September 30 of each year, or not later than the last day of each fiscal year beginning in 2010; and
(7) Carries out such other advisory functions relating to accreditation and institutional eligibility as the Secretary may prescribe.

The Committee reviews agency applications for initial or continued recognition, and makes recommendations on recognition of accrediting agencies, degree authorizations for Federal degree-granting institutions, as well as policy recommendations. At each meeting, the agencies seeking recognition, as well as interested third parties, are invited to make oral presentations. After consideration of each agency’s written materials, any third-party written comments, and any oral testimony, the Committee discusses whether the agency meets the Secretary’s criteria and votes on a recommendation to be forwarded to the senior Department official (SDO) after the meeting. After consideration of the Committee’s recommendation, the SDO decides whether to grant recognition to an applicant accrediting agency, or State approval agency. The NACIQI's recommendations for Federal degree-granting institutions are forwarded directly to the Secretary.

The Committee, informed by leaders from the higher education accreditation community, deliberate and provide accreditation policy recommendations to the Secretary of Education.
How is membership balanced?*The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), enacted on August 14, 2008, specified five different appointment sources for the 18 NACIQI members. The House of Representatives appoints six members. Three are recommended by the Speaker of the House and three by the House Minority Leader. The Senate also appoints six members. Three are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and three by the Senate Minority Leader. The Secretary of Education appoints six members, including a student representative. The statute provides that NACIQI members should be knowledgeable about postsecondary education and training, and that their experience be representative of all sectors and types of institutions of higher education. Given the number of appointment sources and the statutory requirements concerning their qualifications, the 18 members provide a broad and balanced view of the needs of the postsecondary accrediting community and how it could be enhanced.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*By law, the NACIQI meets at least twice a year to carry out its statutory mandates. Meetings are typically held at six month intervals to review selected agencies in accordance with the recognition review cycle. Meetings dedicated to policy discussions are convened more frequently as appropriate, in preparation for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The advisory process, which involves public meetings and independent review and recommendation, aims toward a fair and impartial review of applicant accrediting agencies and other entities. While the staff conducts a paper review and provides a recommendation on recognition to the SDO, the NACIQI meetings serve as the due process hearing for accrediting agencies that serve as gatekeepers to Federal programs, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. All of the Committee members are from the non-Federal sector and are selected for their expertise in the higher education sector.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A - The meetings are open to the public. Meeting notices are published in the Federal Register.
Recommendation RemarksTwo National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) meetings were held in FY20 (February 2020, in person; July 2020, virtually). The Subcommittee on Governing Board Independence and Political Interference submitted a final report for the July 2020 meeting.

Recommendations included the following:

There was general (but not unanimous) agreement that governance is often a gray zone where boards are not as fully independent as they may seem on paper and that accreditation agencies need to recognize that reality and wade into those waters in a measured and careful way. A minority of subcommittee members believe that governance for public institutions is established by state law and that accreditor intrusion in these matters is inappropriate and outside the proper purview of accreditors in their role as Title IV gatekeepers.

Much as the previous subcommittee on substantive change, we ask that this report be provided to the full membership of NACIQI for discussion. While a majority of the subcommittee believe no further action is warranted, a minority of the subcommittee believe that this report should be shared with the relevant members of Congress and Department of Education officials.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*430Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis question was first posed in 2003 and the recommendations are aggregated from 2003 forward. Since that time, the NACIQI forwarded 430 recognition and degree approval recommendations to the senior Department official and/or Secretary, as appropriate (decision-maker).Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*96.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Department's decision-makers have approved recommendations made since 2003. The five recommendations from the June 2008 NACIQI meeting were subsequently acted upon after the Committee was reconstituted. Of the seven recommendations not fully implemented, six decisions (three in 2007 and three in 2012) were partially implemented; one recommendation in 2012 was not implemented. All recommendations in 2013 and 2014 were implemented. In 2015, all expect one recommendation was fully implemented. In 2016, all except one recommendation was fully implemented. In 2017, all except three recommendations were fully implemented. In 2018, all except four recommendations were fully implemented. Many of the NACIQI's policy recommendations require statutory change, therefore, they are not included in the figure above. Thirteen out of the fourteen recommendations made in 2019 were implemented. Of the thirteen recommendations made in 2020, nine were fully implemented; one was partially implemented; and three were not implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*4.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSince 2003, Secretaries of Education have partially implemented sixteen of the NACIQI’s recommendations: three in 2007, three in 2012, one in 2015, one in 2016, three in 2017, four in 2018, and one in 2020.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Subsequent to each NACIQI meeting, the Executive Director/ or Designated Federal Official of the NACIQI informs the Committee members of the decisions made from their recommendations of the previous meeting.Narrative Description*Goal 1 of the U.S. Department of Education's Strategic Plan (2014-2018) is to Increase college access, affordability, quality, and completion by improving postsecondary education and lifelong learning opportunities for youths and adults. More specifically, STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1.2: QUALITY is to Foster institutional value to ensure that postsecondary education credentials represent effective preparation for students to succeed in the workforce and participate in civic life. In addition, the Secretary of Education is required by statute to publish a list of accrediting agencies that are reliable authorities as to the quality of the training and education offered by their accredited institutions and programs. The NACIQI supports this important function by advising the Secretary on whether accrediting agencies seeking recognition by the Secretary meet the regulatory criteria for such recognition and by advising the Secretary on issues and making recommendations relative to accreditation that support the delivery of quality postsecondary education.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035073Subcommittee on Accrediting Agency Oversight of Governance2021
 COM-032516Subcommittee on Data2021
 COM-032517Subcommittee on Substantive Change2021


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-037023National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2020
 COM-036376National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2019
 COM-033748National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2018
 COM-001676National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2017
 COM-002803National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2016
 COM-003830National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2015
 COM-004668National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2014
 COM-005887National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2013
 COM-006769National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2012
 COM-008085National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2011
 COM-009018National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2010
 COM-010152National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2009
 COM-011147National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2008
 COM-012010National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2007
 COM-012804National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2006
 COM-013831National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2005
 COM-014849National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2004
 COM-015784National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2003
 COM-016628National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2002
 COM-017528National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2001
 COM-018630National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2000
 COM-019390National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity1999
 COM-020454National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity1998
 COM-021611National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity1997