Plans for a new loan repayment system, guidelines for accreditors and more in this week’s news roundup!

As a Villanova alum, this week got off to a great start!  In addition to the Wildcat’s buzzer beating win, a number of interesting articles came out this week.   This week the U.S. Department of Education released plans for a new loan repayment system and guidelines for accreditors.  Other articles focus on the job placement post-graduate and skills attainment.

Revamped Loan Payment System (Inside Higher Ed)
The US. Department of Education announced this week plans to revise the loan payment system.

Education Department Drafts Standards for Accreditors (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education released a series of proposed accreditation reporting standards for problematic programs and institutions.

The Shrinking Ph.D. Job Market (Inside Higher Ed)
A survey by the National Science Foundation reveals that American colleges and universities are graduating a higher number of students with PhDs.  This article looks at the implication of this influx on the job market.

If Skills Are the New Canon, Are Colleges Teaching Them? (The Chronicle of Higher Education) Subscription required
Attainment of skill is becoming an increasing focus in higher education.  This article looks at how colleges deliver opportunities to students to gain needed skills.

Career Coaching for the Playdate Generation (The New York Times)
This article looks at the rise of career coaching services as more Millennials enter the workforce.

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.