A News Roundup for students and recent doctoral graduates – happy Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday the 13th!  Fun fact for the day, those who have a fear of Friday the 13th suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia.  This week’s articles focus on students and recent doctoral graduates.


Moving Past Checking the Box (Inside Higher Ed) The U.S. Department of Education released a report, “Beyond the Box”, which provides evidence that supports re-examining the inclusion of criminal and disciplinary questions as a part of the college application process.

Student-Loan Interest Rates Will Drop Again in 2016-17 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Wednesday student-loan interest rates dropped for 2016-17.

Lawmaker With the Idea Higher Ed Leaders Hate (Inside Higher Ed)
Representative Tom Reed is drafting legislation that would require colleges and universities with endowments of more than $1 billion to turn 25% of the amount earned into grants to cover student costs.

Student Activists Tell Colleges: To Improve Racial Climate, Look Hard at Tenure (The Chronicle of Higher Education) (Subscription Required)
Recent student protests have linked poor racial climate to a lack of tenured minority professors.

Big Pay Differences Among New Male, Female Ph.D.s (Inside Higher Ed)
Females who earn science and engineering PhDs earn 31% less than their male counterpart.

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.