Accreditation And improved job outlooks for graduates In Our News Roundup!

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a nice week.  If it is ending on the stressful side or you are simply in need of a laugh, I recommend that you check out the Huffington Post’s video of cats who think they are turtles.  This week’s other articles focus on accreditation and the student experience.  Enjoy!

Job Outlook Brightens for New College Graduates (The Wall Street Journal) subscription required
A larger percentage of companies indicate that they plan to hire more new graduates this year.

Education Dept. Warns of More Scrutiny for Accreditors (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague letter on Friday which outlines the Departments expectations of accrediting bodies.

Common Application to Change Gender-Identity Options (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
This week, ApplicationsOnline LLC announced plans to modify sex and gender identity questions found in the Common App.

Class Gift: A New Counselor (Inside Higher Ed)
Pennsylvania State University’s 2016 senior class gift is an endowment to support Penn State’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in an effort to help the university meet an increased demand for services.

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.