[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 53 (Tuesday, March 21, 2017)]
[Page 14507]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05558]



[Docket No.: ED-2017-ICCD-0036]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Study 
of an Information Strategy To Increase Enrollment in Postsecondary 

AGENCY: Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Department of Education 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is 
proposing a new information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
May 22, 2017.

ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the 
information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2017-ICCD-
0036. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted 
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal 
mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments 
submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period 
will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments 
submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the 
Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 224-84, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Melanie Ali, 202-245-8345.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The 
Department of Education is especially interested in public comment 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to 
the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be 
processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden 
accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the 
Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, 
including through the use of information technology. Please note that 
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered 
public records.
    Title of Collection: Study of An Information Strategy to Increase 
Enrollment in Postsecondary Education.
    OMB Control Number: 1850--NEW.
    Type of Review: A new information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 14,180.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 647.
    Abstract: This demonstration study will evaluate the use of a 
promising messaging strategy designed to help TRIO Educational 
Opportunity Center (EOC) grantees meet the program's goal of increasing 
college enrollment. EOCs are hosted at postsecondary institutions or 
nonprofit organizations and generally serve low-income individuals who 
are 19 years and older--most of whom are potential first-generation 
college-goers. The study will evaluate whether systematic text 
messaging can enhance EOCs' counseling services and lead to increased 
Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and postsecondary 
education enrollment rates. Across 20 EOCs, approximately 6,000 adults 
will be randomly assigned to receive EOCs' typical services or to 
receive EOCs' typical services plus the text messaging.

    Dated: March 16, 2017.
Kate Mullan,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of 
the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2017-05558 Filed 3-20-17; 8:45 am]