News Roundup: Financial Aid, Academic Freedom, and Consumer Protection

Happy Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend!  This week we take a look at financial aid, tuition, and the steps taken to ensure that students receive the education they pay for.  We also look at academic freedom and potential tenure changes in one public university system. For those of you who are in the Northeast, bundle up and stay warm this weekend.


“Confused About Your Student Loans? You’re Not Alone” (nprEd)
Tips for students and recent graduates on how to repay student loans.

“Student Aid Enforcement Unit Formed to Protect Students, Borrowers, Taxpayers” (U.S. Department of Education)
This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the creation of a Student Aid Enforcement Unit.  The Enforcement Unit will investigate instances of fraud at institutions of higher education.

“Why is Tuition so High?” (Inside Higher Ed)
The National Bureau of Economic Research released a working paper this week that examines the potential causes for the rise of college tuition. 

“Wisconsin Panel Approves New Draft Tenure Rules” (Inside Higher Ed)
The Wisconsin Board of Regents’ Education Committee unanimously voted to recommend draft tenure and termination policies for the University of Wisconsin System.

“Do Professional Accreditors Look at Outcomes?” (NASPAA)
The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, of which APA is a member, conducting a survey to assess the degree to which specialized and professional accreditors look at outcomes when rendering an accreditation decision.

Va. Tech murder plot suspect was no longer seeing mental health counselor” (The Washington Post)
A closer look at the relationship between college mental health systems and the population they serve in light of the recent murder of a Virginia Tech freshman.

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.