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The Department is comprised of the following sub-agencies:
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) - ED 1.100's
Special Education and Reabilitative Services Office - ED 1.200's
Insitute of Education Sciences - ED 1.300's
Elementary and Secondary Education Office - ED 1.400's
Presidential Scholars Commission - ED 1.500's
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) - ED 1.600's
National Center for Education Research (NCER) - ED 1.700's
The Libraries of the University of South Carolina, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Florida are participating in an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded demonstration project called the "Cooperative Federal Depository Program" (CFDP) under the leadership of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and build upon the existing Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).
The program seeks to provide workable solutions to address the increasing cost of managing, preserving, and providing access to large collections of Federal government publications through the creation of several comprehensive collections, known as "Centers of Excellence" (COE), of U.S. government information from each Federal government agency. Built upon the foundation of existing holdings at Federal Depository libraries, these collections will become complete with assistance from both Regionals (libraries that collect government information comprehensively), and Selectives (libraries that collect government information selectively), in the ASERL states.
Centers of Excellence will:
ASERL believes creating the COEs will result in more reliable and predictable access to Federal publications for all libraries and citizens in the Southeastern states by specifying which Federal Depository libraries have the most complete holdings for each agency. ASERL appreciates the effort that all service points at their "centers" are putting into makng sure their users know about the availability of these rich resources.
The University of South Carolina serves as a COE for the United States Department of Education (1979-current).
Contact: Bill Sudduth
Collaborative Federal Depository Program, Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
Contact: Cheryle Cole-Bennett
Congress established the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). Under this law, ED's mission is to:
Strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;
Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;
Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through Federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
Improve the coordination of Federal education programs;
Improve the management of Federal education activities; and
Increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress, and the public.
There has been an office or bureau of Education in the federal government since 1867.