Community colleges have long been an integral part of the higher education landscape, and now their popularity is increasing. Offering a transition from high school to university as well as a range of practical certifications and associate's degrees, community colleges are an invaluable resource to their local regions. These schools not only offer an affordable education, but they provide access to many opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. The fact sheet below illustrates out some of the known benefits community colleges provide students: Image courtesy the American Association of Community Colleges. A New Mandate for California Community Colleges In light of their vital role, California passed legislation in 2016 that will enable its community colleges to provide even more value. SB 850 allows up
Over the past decade, SlideRoom has grown into a platform used by institutions around the world to accept and review applications and multimedia portfolios. With this in mind, we are excited to announce the launch of SlideRoom in datacenters all over the world. Bearing in mind different legal requirements for data storage, privacy, and server operations, our new SlideRoom environments are the first step in a broad global expansion. Each new environment is dedicated to serving the particular needs of our clients in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. From the user standpoint, nothing changes. Administrators, reviewers, and applicants all enjoy the same simple, beautiful experience they have grown to love. Institutions can still be confident that they are using a trusted process
The features SlideRoom customers most frequently request have to do with managing their larger relationships with applicants during and after the application process. Ultimately, their desire is to see a unified contact record that displays activity from every touchpoint. This might include email campaigns, help desk communications, or simply recording ad hoc interactions. Further, customers don't want to abandon the services they are already using; they simply want to bring that information together. So, rather than trying to build a CRM that competes with a range of top communication services, we've built an integration platform that brings data together from across the web to update information and activity for each of your contacts in an ongoing manner. You can now watch your data come alive through
With Salesforce's surging presence in the edtech sector, more SlideRoom customers will likely be using Salesforce for their SIS and CRM needs. With that in mind, we wanted to let you know that SlideRoom fully integrates with your Salesforce instance. This includes setting up automated exports from SlideRoom to send Salesforce designated data and files on a scheduled basis. We have put together an easy, step-by-step guide for how to set up that integration. But we are also happy to set it up for you, at no extra charge. Contact our client support team to get started.
SlideRoom's design makes it easy to use, but new users may benefit from an overview that helps them get started. When a new customer signs up for a SlideRoom account, we want them to have a guide that they can refer back to when needed; a guide they can download, print out, and access anywhere. With that in mind, we've created Tips for Getting Started as a New SlideRoom Administrator. If you need a PDF version of the guide, you can find it at the bottom of the link above or download it here. And as always, if you have any questions, we'd love to chat. Feel free to contact us anytime.
Applying to college can be daunting, overwhelming, and frustrating. Colleges that use SlideRoom make the process easier and more streamlined, but you still need to know where to begin. With that in mind, we've created Tips for Getting Started as a New SlideRoom Applicant. Our new, easy-to-use guide will get you started by walking you through account creation, form questions, references, and how to build a portfolio. If you need a PDF version of the guide, you can find it at the bottom of the link above or download it here. And as always, if you have any questions, we'd love to chat. Feel free to contact us anytime.
High School Counselors and Teachers often reach out to us with questions about how they can help students who will be using SlideRoom to apply to colleges and universities. Now, there's an easy-to-use guide that any staff member can reference when guiding their students through the SlideRoom application process: The High School Counselor's Guide to SlideRoom. If you need a PDF version of the guide to print or save, you can download it here. As always, High School Counselors and Teachers who have questions about SlideRoom are welcome to contact us anytime.
SlideRoom frequently receives inquiries from High School teachers and counselors asking how they can help creative students showcase their skills as they are applying to college. The following letter is one example: Hello, I teach high school science and in many of my classes (Physics, Robotics, etc.) my students generate some excellent physical and digital content. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about SlideRoom and the fact that your platform could potentially offer a way for my students to showcase some of their non-traditional academic skills by uploading this content to SlideRoom and the common app when they apply to college. However, I have contacted a number of admission reps. from the schools listed and many have said that their school only uses slideroom for stuff
At this year's NACAC conference, we hosted a panel discussion about the growing importance of portfolios within admissions. While art schools have always asked for artifacts of achievement, STEM fields are beginning to experiment with this admissions practice. We asked representatives from MIT and Carnegie Mellon to share some lessons they have learned over the past few years. The themes that emerged included logistics, evaluation, and the general motivation behind recognizing creativity in all fields. Chris Peterson, MIT Assistant Director of Admissions, led by sharing a few examples of "maker" portfolios. These ranged from 3-dimensional chess boards to software apps (shown above). While these projects aren't a replacement for traditional academic achievement, they help MIT understand the whole person clearly, which in turn improves their ability
We have just renewed our longstanding partnership with The Common Application to support portfolios during the admissions process. Our collective goal is to expand access to college by creating a convenient way to submit and review personally meaningful projects. Every student should have the opportunity to feature their talents and ambitions during the admissions process. Our three-year integration with SlideRoom has helped nearly 400,000 students express their unique traits and showcase their skills through online, multimedia portfolios. -Chad Massie, Senior Director of Technology for The Common Application. The Common Application renamed their “Art Supplement” to the more inclusive “Portfolio” in 2015 in response to overwhelming interest from schools with departments outside of the arts that had applicants wanting to submit evidence of their skills and