Colleges offer solace, Weaknesses in DoE Loans Program, and testing requirements in this week’s news roundup.

Hands clasped in heart shape around single lit candleRemembering Orlando victims

In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando this weekend, I would like to begin this week’s introduction by remembering the victims and families and friends who lost loved ones. For information on how APA is responding to the mass shootings, please see the letter released on June 13th.

Please enjoy the articles from this week and remember as Lin-Manuel Miranda stated at the Tony’s, “Love cannot be killed or swept aside.”

Orlando’s Colleges Offer Solace in the Wake of Tragedy
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

A summary of measures taken by colleges and universities in the Orlando area to respond to the mass shooting last weekend.

New GAO Report Outlines Weaknesses in Education Department’s Direct Loan Program
(Committee on Education and the Workforce)
This week the Government Accountability Office released a report that provides recommendations on how to improve the Department of Education’s Direct Loan Program.

Will Supreme Court end affirmative action in college admissions?
(The Washington Post)

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin affirmative case in the next few weeks. Feds Propose

Decertifying Accreditor for For-Profit Colleges
(The Wall Street Journal)

The U.S. Department of Education staff are recommending that the U.S. Secretary of Education terminate the recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Many Colleges Don’t Put Testing Requirements to the Test
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The National Association for College Admission Counseling released a report this week that examines how entrance exams are used and the usefulness of these exams.

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.