Supreme court upholds consideration of race and more in this week’s news roundup

Happy Friday!  Today I am writing to you from the NACIQI meeting in Arlington, VA.  As a result, this week’s articles will largely focus on higher education accreditation, student outcome, and recent Supreme Court decisions.

Federal Panel Votes to Shut Down an Accreditor Blamed for Failures of For-Profit Higher Ed The Chronicle of Higher Education
On Thursday, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) voted to recommend that the U.S. Secretary of Education revoke its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICIS).

Supreme Court Upholds Consideration of Race Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, upholding the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions process.

Scorecard for Accreditors Inside Higher Ed
Earlier this week the Department of Education released new data regarding graduate rates, debt, earnings and loan repayment rates.

Three graduation rates for one college? The baffling government policy that could confuse students. The Washington Post
A look at reported graduation rates.

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.