Makers and Undergraduate Admissions

Tuesday, January 26 2016

Making is the core of how we learn, solve problems, and arrive at new ideas. It is the cornerstone of innovation and any country’s most precious resource.

In 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recommended more universities and colleges consider implementing a Maker Portfolio in their admissions process as part of a larger effort to expand opportunities for “making” within school campuses. Over 150 schools issued a joint letter to the President committing to this initiative in various ways.

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How Admissions Missed the Next Einstein

Tuesday, January 26 2016

When Sabrina Pasterski was applying for undergraduate admissions, she was rejected by Harvard and waitlisted by MIT … until they saw a video of her building an airplane. Due to Sabrina’s persistence, this video was eventually seen by Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman who strongly advocated for her. “Our mouths were hanging open after we looked at it,” Haggerty said. “Her potential is off the charts.” She was ultimately accepted by MIT, and later graduated with a perfect GPA of 5.0.

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The Rise of STEM Portfolios

Tuesday, January 26 2016

Introducing portfolios into the STEM culture of admissions can be challenging, particularly when those departments place such strong emphasis on test-taking. Of course, stories like Sabrina Pasterski’s and the White House's Nation of Makers initiative remind us that identifying a minimum entrance threshold is very different from looking at what applicants have made and finding out what’s truly special about them.

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Spotlight on NASA Space Telescope

Thursday, December 03 2015

Located on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) for NASA. They operate the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and will conduct the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope. In addition to conducting world-class scientific research, they also support other astronomy, outreach, educational  programs.

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Spotlight on AICAD

Tuesday, December 01 2015

AICAD – the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – is a non-profit consortium of 42 leading art schools in the US and Canada. Membership includes colleges in the US and Canada that are: private, non-profit, free-standing, specialized colleges of art and design, BFA and/or MFA degree granting, and accredited by NASAD (the National Association of Schools of Art & Design) and the appropriate regional accrediting agency.

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Introducing Our New Advanced Plan

Thursday, November 19 2015

SlideRoom is now offering an Advanced plan for organizations that need to see more data and have everything integrated tightly with their larger ecosystem of databases and services.  In addition to all of SlideRoom's Standard features, the Advanced plan includes the following:

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Introducing Our New Standard Plan

Thursday, November 19 2015

SlideRoom's new Standard pricing plan is a great fit for organizations who need more than a basic plan. The Standard plan offers unlimited programs, more powerful features, greater flexibility and better analytics. Here are a few highlights:

New SlideRoom Analytics 

Seeing applicants with greater clarity at the aggregate level and program level will help you understand your various applicant pools. The image above shows a new program-level report with real-time data outlining top rated applicants in that program, evaluation breakdown, and a worldmap showing the location of applicants. The map is zoomable, so clicking on the US will show a distribution by state.  

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How SAIC Uses SlideRoom to Streamline IT Infrastructure for Admissions

Saturday, November 14 2015

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,500 students from around the globe. In 2007, they were one of the earliest schools to adopt SlideRoom for portfolio review. Since that time, they have grown into using all of SlideRoom’s evaluation features for admissions review. Most recently, they have used SlideRoom's integration with the Common App's Scheduled Delivery Service (SDS) to receive applications and corresponding materials directly within SlideRoom.

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API for Importing Attributes

Friday, November 13 2015

Do you have applicants in SlideRoom with important data located in another database? This might include official test scores, GPA, student IDs, and other attributes that live in a separate system. Now it's easy to consolidate that information mapped to the correct applicant in SlideRoom so everything can be present for your review process.

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Common Application Renaming “Art Supplement” to “Portfolio”

Tuesday, August 04 2015

In 2012, SlideRoom formed an exclusive partnership for Common App schools to accept and evaluate “creative” materials. Over the last 3 years, we’ve facilitated review for millions of images, videos and other supplements used to demonstrate creative skill. We've also heard from many “non-artistic” departments looking to accept evidence of projects and work that would not normally be seen as “artistic.” 

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