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

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and IntegrityAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number98
Original Establishment Date11/8/1965Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://sites.ed.gov/naciqi/
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date9/15/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director/DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter9/15/2024Designated 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*george.alan.smith@ed.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

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?*Per the authorizing legislation for the Committee, 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 RemarksThe Annual Report of NACIQI 2022 Activities is due at any point before September 30, 2023. The report is scheduled to be completed by the Spring of 2023.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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*462Access 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 462 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 except 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. 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. Of the eighteen recommendations made in 2021, sixteen were fully implemented (the SDO added additional requirements to three); one was partially implemented; and one was not implemented. In 2022, 13 of 14 of the recommendations were full implemented and 1 was partially implemented. Many of the NACIQI's policy recommendations require statutory change, therefore, they are not included in the figure above.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*4.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSince 2003, Secretaries of Education have partially implemented seventeen of the NACIQI’s recommendations: three in 2007, three in 2012, one in 2015, one in 2016, three in 2017, four in 2018, one in 2020, one in 2021, and one in 2022.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Commenthttps://sites.ed.gov/naciqi/
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*U.S. Department of Education's Strategic Plan (2022-2026): Strategic Objective 2.3: Support the professional growth, retention, and advancement of, talented, experienced educators and other school personnel and their capacity to meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of underserved students. 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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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members*$159,845.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$159,845.00
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants*$9,845.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$11,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$95,272.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$169,690.00Est. Total Next FY*$266,117.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/23/2022 10:22 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.00Est Cost RemarksThe Winter 2023 NACIQI Meeting will be held using a hybrid model (bringing in committee members and having agency representatives and public attendees participating virtually). Reservations have been made to use an in-house TEAMS LIVE platform that is "free" to the Policy, Planning, and Innovation unit within OPE that hosts the meeting. The Department has staff that will help to facilitate the meeting with technical assistance. The bulk of the costs for the Winter 2023 NACIQI Meeting will be for the committee members' flights, hotel accommodations and incidentals ($35,136), which has been doubled ($70,272) to reflect the estimated costs for the committee members' flights, accommodations, and incidentals for the Summer 2023 NACIQI Meeting, which could be held using a hybrid model OR in-person for all participants. An additional $25,000 is included to cover hotel facility requirements in case the Summer 2023 NACIQI Meeting is held in-person. The estimated 11K for FY2023 is for transcription services for both meetings. The "Estimated Payments to Federal Staff" reflects half of the salaries and estimated benefits costs of the DFO and the management analyst who support the work of NACIQI; both of these FTEs support the work of two committees, which is why half of their salaries and estimated benefits are calculated for this report on NACIQI.
Cost RemarksThe "Payments to Federal Staff" reflects half of the annual salary (including half of the estimated cost of benefits) for the DFO, and half of the annual salary (including half of the estimated costs of benefits) for the management analyst who support the work of the NACIQI. The DFO and the management analyst support the work of two committees, which is why half of their salaries are used for calculating the FY costs. The "Payments to Consultants" reflects the transcription costs for both 2022 NACIQI Meetings: Winter 2022 was $2,970 and Summer 2022 was $6,875  
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Education
Education
Schools and Academic Institutions
Training
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-038919Student Success Subcommittee2022
 COM-035073Subcommittee on Accrediting Agency Oversight of Governance2022
 COM-032516Subcommittee on Data2022
 COM-032517Subcommittee on Substantive Change2022
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039291National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity2021
 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