The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity or NACIQI was authorized and reconstituted by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. NACIQI provides recommendations regarding accrediting agencies that monitor the academic quality of postsecondary institutions and educational programs for federal purposes. The Committee complies with all requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Government in the Sunshine Act.
Since it reconvened in 2010, NACIQI has been advising the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters concerning accreditation, the Secretary’s recognition process for accrediting agencies, and institutional eligibility for federal student aid, through the Committee’s public meetings. Throughout its tenure, NACIQI has reached out to the accreditation and higher education communities; researchers and policy makers; and interested members of the public, to engage in informed deliberation.
In addition to sending forward over two hundred recommendations to the Secretary regarding recognition of accrediting agencies, and four recommendations for degree approvals to Congress for military educational institutions, NACIQI has also issued three policy reports in 2012, 2015, and 2018; hosted three forums; and listened to over two hundred public comments.