Growing the SlideRoom Community

Please help us welcome a diverse mix of new partners to the SlideRoom roster this quarter. Geographically, we have ten different states represented, with two from California and Alaska also in the mix. Internationally, our newcomers hail from Israel, Portugal and Spain — plus two from Ireland. Our newest partners’ uses for SlideRoom are also very diverse, and include design competitions, PhD program applications, creative writing applications, fellowships,Read More

Exploring Maker Portfolios

For engineering programs, the ongoing challenges of identifying best-fit candidates and filling seats has been made even tougher than ever this year. Pandemic-driven declines in international enrollment and necessary concessions toward a test-optional environment have meant that admissions and enrollment teams have fewer options and fewer insights to work with. Plenty of experts talk about the value of holistic review in this setting. When we are struggling to collect “more/better,” the notion ofRead More

When the Show Must Go On: How a Prestigious Dallas Arts High School Saved its College Showcase during COVID-19 and Put Students and Recruiters Center Stage

The Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas has a reputation that precedes itself in several notable ways.  Founded in 1922, this award-winning Arts Magnet and member of the Dallas Independent School District was Dallas’ first high school for African American students. Renamed for Black community leader andRead More

Who’s New on the SlideRoom Roster?

Please join us in welcoming our newest SlideRoom partners! This quarter we’ve got nine states plus Canada and South Korea representing. Our newest members’ uses for SlideRoom are quite diverse. Artist-in-residence programs, music and fashion school admissions, light design, film festivals, grants, employment and leadership programs are all present.  The roster follows, and we encourage you to explore their websites and SlideRoom portals.  Ancestral Medicine (WA) Read More

Giving the Students What They Want – How Holistic Review Can Solve the New Admissions Conundrum

A recent study by Adobe for Education, entitled “Making the case for a more holistic measure of success,” unpacks the disconnect between the perceived value of creative skills in college admissions versus the amount of weight and attention such skills receive when colleges select their matriculants each year.  “Essential skills can be defined through theRead More

An Interview With Innovation & Technology Hub and SlideRoom Partner The Ion

The outlook for the new decade – and even during this relentless pandemic — is decidedly bright for SlideRoom partner The Ion. The Ion is an innovation and technology hub located in Midtown Houston, which is accelerating innovation and connecting communities. “In the Houston-Galveston area, there aren’t any other organizations like this,” said Courtney Cogdill,Read More

Reimagining College Access with SlideRoom™ Portfolios

It’s almost impossible to achieve equitable college admissions outcomes and the subsequent success of students without first understanding what motivates passionate, highly qualified applicants. That’s one reason more colleges and universities are using application portfolios as they adopt holistic admissions policies and look beyond traditional metrics such as test scores, essays and letters of recommendation.Read More

What’s New in the SlideRoom™ Community

A warm welcome to our newest (and always diverse) SlideRoom partners: 651 Arts Central Atlanta Progress/ Atlanta Downtown Improvement District City of South San Francisco College of the Arts – University of Louisiana at Lafayette Columbus State University Department of Art Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Green-Wood Cemetery Hamiltonian Artists Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation Lalita MIT PortugalRead More

Why Application Portfolios Are Here to Stay

Are application portfolios a niche tool for art schools, or will they become an integral component in the future of college admissions? At the 2020 Common Application Virtual Summit, undergraduate admissions officers discussed why more programs should incorporate portfolios, and shared best practices for how to do so effectively. Becky Chassin, Assistant Dean Undergraduate AdmissionRead More