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ED - 25159 - A National Dialogue The Secretary of Education's Advisory Commission on the Future of Higher Education - Agency Authority


Committee NameA National Dialogue The Secretary of Education's Advisory Commission on the Future of Higher EducationAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2007Committee Number25159
Original Establishment Date10/14/2005Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date1/31/2007Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*19
Current Charter Date10/14/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director
Date Of Renewal Charter10/14/2007Designated Federal Officer PrefixMrs.
Projected Termination Date9/1/2006Designated Federal Officer First Name*Cheryl
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Oldham
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10/14/2005Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 205-5233
Effective Date Of Authority*10/14/2005Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 205-0063
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the Commission was to consider how best to improve our system of higher education to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to meet our future workforce needs and are able to participate fully in the changing global economy. The Commission conducted meetings in different parts of the country to obtain a public discussion of issues facing the challenges of improving our current higher education system to better prepare our students to address the economic and workforce needs of the country.
How is membership balanced?*Representatives on the commission included former and/or current public and private college presidents, former elected officials, public and private college presidents from around the country, and respresentatives from business and financial services industries.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The commission held no meetings in FY07.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary felt this issue needed a national dialogue to analyze this issue and prepare recommendations in a report to her by September, 2006. The Department needed to hear from various groups around the country on how to best improve higher education.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThis Commission's charter states that the membership will not exceed 20 members, but the commission currently has only 19 members.

The Commission's report was submitted to the Secretary on 9/13/06. The commission has concluded its work.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Secretary has made higher education a priority due in part to the work of the commission. While it's anticipated that more resources will be directed and possibly legislative action proposed in response to the commission's recommendations, it is early to say definitively.
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*40Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere are approximately 40 recommendations of varying degrees to a variety of stakeholders - federal government, states, policy makers, institutions, businesses around the four broad areas the committee was asked to focus on - acces, affordability, accountability and quality of higher education in America.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*20.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThis report is aimed at a variety of stakeholders and makes specific recommendations to each. The Department of Education is but one of several that has specific action items as a result of this report.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Commission's purpose was to study the current US system of higher education and develop a strategy for maintaining a system that meets the needs of our diverse population, and in particular the needs of traditionally underserved communities, provides enhanced opportunities for lifelong learning and addresses the economic and workforces needs of the country. This goal is entirely consistent with the mission of the Department of Education to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$1,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$1,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.01Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-012799A National Dialogue The Secretary of Education's Advisory Commission on the Future of Higher Education2006