[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 50 (Wednesday, March 15, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13361-13362]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-2459]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


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

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

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an 
upcoming open 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 and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity 
to attend.

DATES: Thursday, April 6, 2006 and Friday, April 7, 2006.
    Time: April 6, 2006: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; April 7, 2006: 8:30 a.m. to 
1 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Commission will meet in Indianapolis, IN, at the Hilton 
Indianapolis, 120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, IN.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Oldham, Executive Director, A 
National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the 
Future of Higher Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20202-3510; telephone: (202) 205-8741.

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 this 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 meeting will include panel presentations 
discussing accreditation, accountability, articulation and 
affordability. A written report to the Secretary is due by August 2006.
    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 Carrie Marsh 
at (202) 205-8741 no later than March 27, 2006. 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 Carrie Marsh at 
(202) 205-8741 or by e-mail at Carrie.Marsh@ed.gov.
    Opportunities for public comment are available through the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/
hiedfuture/index.html. 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.


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    Dated: March 9, 2006.
Margaret Spellings,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
[FR Doc. 06-2459 Filed 3-14-06; 8:45 am]
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