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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

Evolving Portfolios for Holistic Admissions

The Learning Policy Institute’s “Reimagining College Access” initiative recently hosted a webinar featuring two SlideRoom users from New England colleges. Stu Schmill, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services at MIT and Judy Purdy, Director of Admission at Wheaton College, discussed the use of performance assessment for equitable admissions and graduate school success. They alsoRead 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

6 Ways for Your Admissions Office to Maintain Operational Continuity with SlideRoom™

During these unprecedented times, maintaining operational continuity is one of the biggest challenges and top priorities for businesses and organizations of all types. For your higher education institution, that can mean anything from continuing to deliver quality instruction to maintaining your application review processes without having access to your physical admissions office. Read on forRead More

See the Whole Picture with SlideRoom™

If you want to discover who your applicants truly are and what they have to offer, it’s no longer good enough to make decisions based exclusively on resumes, references, test scores or transcripts. Instead, you need to expand your view with a portfolio-focused application process that allows students to share what they do and createRead More

SlideRoom™ Facilitates Holistic, Multimedia-friendly Admissions at Frost School of Music

In the arts, it’s natural for academic programs to strive to transcend traditional metrics for admission such as GPA and test scores, and to incorporate application components which amplify a prospective student’s actual artistic capabilities. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that University of Miami’s Frost School of Music recently announced that it hasRead More