Weekly News Roundup: Salaries for Higher Ed Professionals, Student Debt, Active Learning, and Psych in the Courts

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Happy Friday! Hopefully you have competed your taxes already and are able to enjoy a nice relaxing weekend. If not, this week’s selection of articles can provide a nice distraction. This week, the articles take a look at salaries for higher education professionals, student debt, teaching methods, and a recent court case. Enjoy!

What Higher-Education Professionals Made in 2015-16 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources released data from their 2015-2016 Professional in Higher Education Salary Survey this week.

Student Debt Is Holding Back Millennials? Not So Fast (The Wall Street Journal)
A survey conducted by Navient Corp. And Ipsos reveals that student loans do not deter milliennials from buying a home, getting married, and/or having children.

Divided We Learn: How Carolina scrapped loans for top students in need – and became a policy leader (The Hechinger Report)
In 2004, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill implemented a financial aid policy called the Carolina Convenant.  This article looks at the success of this policy over the past 12 years.

A Nobel Laureate’s Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching (nprEd)
Nobel laureate Carl Wieman calls for undergraduate professors to integrate active learning techniques into classroom lectures.

Fifth Circuit Strikes Texas’ “Practice of Psychology” Law as Unconstitutional (mlserafine.com)
In February 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a part of the psychology licensing law is unconstitutional.

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.