Florida seeks 100% employment rate for Undergrad Psychology Majors….And more! Welcome to our First News Roundup.

Every Friday, Psych Learning Curve will provide a rundown of education-related articles that focus on topics that affect psychology students and teachers. We hope you enjoy!


“Detecting More Than Plagiarism” Inside Higher Ed
Turnitin launches a new version of Research Assistant, an online writing tool that teaches students how to write better essays.

“Education Dept. Will Publish List of Colleges with Title IX Exemptions” The Chronicle of Higher Education
This week the U.S Department of Education released a letter stating that it will publish a list of all religious colleges that have received Title IX exemptions.

“Failing the Test for Faculty Unions” Inside Higher Ed
In its first opportunity to apply its new guidelines for a union to obtain collective bargaining rights at private colleges the National Labor Relations Board rejects bid from tenure-line professors at Carroll College.

“The Faculty Role Online, Scrutinized” Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is reviewing the roll of faculty in competency-based education.

“Federal Government Oversteps into Higher Education Accreditation” The Hill
A look at the U.S. Department of Education’s plan for increasing federal oversight and control of higher education

“Obama Call for Pell Grant Changes to Accelerate Progress Toward Degrees” The Chronicle of Higher Education
This week the Obama administration issued a proposal that would make Pell Grants available year-round.

“Psych” Inside Higher Ed
Florida Governor Rick Scott asked the state’s public university presidents to ensure that psychology graduates at six of the state’s public universities have 100% employment, with the exception of those who continue on to graduate school.

About the Author

Jen McCrindle, MPA
Jen McCrindle, MPA is the Assistant Director of Policy Analysis and Communication for the American Psychological Association’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA). OPCA works with the Commission on Accreditation to accredit doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral residency psychology programs that prepare trainees for practice in health service psychology. She has a diverse background working in the health service field and with regulatory bodies. In her work in specialized/professional accreditation, she ensures that the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology closely align with state psychology licensing boards’ and accreditation recognition bodies’ policies, including the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. She also is an adjunct faculty member for Villanova University’s Department of Public Administration. Currently, she is working with the APA Commission on Accreditation to implement new accreditation standards and policies for health service psychology training programs that lead to licensure. In her spare time, Jen enjoys running, traveling, and cooking new dishes.