Welcome Spring! There’s a little bit of everything in this week’s news roundup.

Happy Friday!  After a bit of cold weather and snow last weekend, spring has finally come to DC.  If you happen to be in town, be sure to stop by the Tidal Basin to catch the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms.  This week’s sample of articles focuses on a bit of everything, from the relationship between colleges and their accreditor to best practices for assessing student learning.  Enjoy!

California community colleges embark on path to new accreditor (The Sacramento Bee)
On Monday, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted to begin the search for a new accrediting body.

Colleges Brace for Overtime Overhaul (The Wall Street Journal)
Last week the Labor Department sent a rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review.  This proposed rule would require organizations to pay overtime to hourly workers and salaried individuals who make $50,440 or less.

’Confidence Rating’ for On-Time Graduation (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of California at San Diego plans to roll out a “Time to Degree Early Warning System” this coming fall.  The system is designed to use data to determine is a student will graduate on time.

Power Struggle on Online Oversight (Inside Higher Ed)
Advocacy groups in New York oppose joining the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), stating that it would weaken the state’s ability to identify and rein in bad actors.

Standardized Assessment of College Learning: Past and Future (New America)
This week, New America released a paper that looks at how student learning is currently assessed and provides recommendations for student assessment in the future.

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.