This week’s news roundup: looking at the importance of implementing measures to ensure student success

This week the focus is on the importance of implementing measures to ensure student success at the student, institution, and accreditation levels and the release of the Carnegie Classification.  Have a great weekend! 

“Why ‘Nudges’ to Help Students Succeed are Catching on” The Chronicle of Higher Education
A look at behavioral intervention techniques, such as text messaging, used to help at-risk students make the transition to college.

“Better Data Are Key to Improved Performance by Students and Colleges” The Chronicle of Higher Education
This week the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a new report that examines how to use data to increase student outcomes.

“Paid Not to Work?” Inside Higher Ed
In an effort to increase its four-year graduate rate, Temple University created the “Fly in 4” program.  This program offers grants to students who agree to work 15 hours or less per week off campus.

“Obama Steps Up Pressure on College Accreditors” The Wall Street Journal
Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell calls upon accreditors to increase their focus on student outcomes and the consequences of poor outcomes.

“In New Sorting of Colleges, Dartmouth Falls Out of an Exclusive Group” The Washington Post
The Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research released the 2015 edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  In the 2015 edition, seven institutions moved from a R1 to a R2 classification and 15 institutions moved to the R1 classification.

Florida’s Leaders Wrong About Liberal Arts” The Miami Herald
Janet Riggs, of Gettysburg College, addresses the statements made by Florida’s Governor Rick Scott over his concern for employment opportunities for psychology majors.

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.