This Week: How Much Did Tenure Faculty Make in 2015-16? Diversity Outcome Strategies and Accreditation Reform

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The Men’s Final Four is almost here and I will be cheering on Villanova this weekend! This weekend will also take me to Chicago for the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors’ Spring Conference. The conference will focus on consistency and fairness in accreditation, and I hope that I will have lots of updates to share with you next week. In the meantime, this week’s articles focus on accreditation reform, faculty salaries, diversity strategies, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Breaking: Obama Administration Names Key Higher Ed Official (Inside Higher Ed)
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education names Kim Hunter Reed as the new deputy undersecretary of education.  She will fill the vacancy left by Jamienne Studley who left the position in late 2015.

Lone Star State Strategies for Minority Men (Politico Morning Education –mid way down the page)
The American Council on Education released a policy brief this week that looks at the initiatives taken to improve education outcomes for black and Latino men.

What Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources released its annual survey report this week.

Why Accreditation Reform May Benefit Hispanic and Black Students Most (GoodCall)
A look at increased requirements for student outcome data as a part of education reform can benefit minorities.



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.