[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 188 (Thursday, September 29, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Page 56896]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-19466]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on 
the Future of Higher Education

AGENCY: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher 
Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an 
upcoming meeting of A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's 
Commission on the Future of Higher Education, (Commission). The notice 
also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of this meeting 
is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA) and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to 
attend.

DATES: Monday, October 17, 2005.
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Commission will meet in Washington, DC at the Washington 
Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, 
DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Oldham, Executive Director, A 
National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the 
Future of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 205-5233.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission is established by the 
Secretary of Education to begin a national dialogue about the future of 
higher education in this country. The purpose of the Commission is 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 economy. The 
Commission shall consider Federal, State, local and institutional roles 
in higher education and analyze whether the current goals of higher 
education are appropriate and achievable. The Commission will also 
focus on the increasing tuition costs and the perception of many 
families, particularly low-income families, that higher education is 
inaccessible.
    The agenda for this first meeting will include a welcome by 
Department officials followed by a roundtable discussion focusing on 
the strategies for accomplishing their mission as stated in their 
charter. A written report to the Secretary is due by August 1, 2006. 
The commissioners will also participate in an orientation and 
administrative briefings on FACA, Ethics issues, and Federal travel 
regulations.
    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order 
to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistive listening 
devices, or materials in alternative format) should notify Tracy Harris 
at (202) 260-3644 no later than October 7, 2005. We will attempt to 
meet requests for accommodations after this date but cannot guarantee 
their availability. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with 
disabilities.
    Individuals interested in attending the meeting must register in 
advance because of limited space issues. Please contact Tracy Harris at 
(202) 260-3644 or by e-mail at Tracy. Harris@ed.gov.
    Opportunities for public comment will soon be available at the 
Commission's Web site which is being developed. Records are kept of all 
Commission proceedings and are available for public inspection at the 
staff office for the Commission from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Dated: September 23, 2005.
Margaret Spellings,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
[FR Doc. 05-19466 Filed 9-28-05; 8:45 am]
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