Religious College Exemptions, Campus Bathroom Laws, & #CountAllStudents

Discrimination theme: field of blue umbrellas with one red umbrella in foreground

Happy Friday from a very rainy DC. While the District has been doing a pretty good imitation of Seattle, the news this week has focused largely on discrimination and outcome measures. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

U.S. Releases List of Religious Colleges Exempt from Discrimination Laws (The Wall Street Journal)
Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Education released the list of colleges and universities who are exempt from Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972.

U.S. Tells UNC It Violates Federal Law by Following Controversial Bathroom Bill (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice notified the University of North Carolina that adhering to the new “bathroom law” in North Carolina violates federal civil rights laws.

New Metrics Urged for Performance and Equity (Inside Higher Ed)
This week the Institute for Higher Education Policy and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released a report that identifies key metrics to identify college’s performance, efficiency and equity.

The Ignored Graduates (Inside Higher Ed)
The #CountAllStudents campaign seeks to tell the stories of graduates who are not included in federal databases.

A(Inside Higher Ed)
A look at one accreditation agency’s struggle to apply its accreditation standards and procedures.

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.