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
Many schools are beginning to ask for portfolios from across a spectrum of disciplines, not just the visual arts. These can include music, theater, architecture, science, engineering, film and many other departments. Because of this, larger schools with different departments and teams sometimes choose to have data integration with multiple SlideRoom accounts. This allows each team to function independently during portfolio review. So how do we also keep the process simple for applicants? While our guide shows a step-by-step process for schools that only have one SlideRoom account, the following is an example showing how USC connects all seven SlideRoom accounts under a single Common App member identity. This particular screen is discovered by applicants when they click the link presented within a school's Common App
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.” So, it's significant that the Common App has just renamed the “Art Supplement” to the "Portfolio.” While a name change may seem minor, it signals that schools are more widely embracing portfolios as a valuable way to identify the best applicants across all disciplines. Applicants have all kinds of interesting projects like scientific experiments, case studies, robots, presentations, mobile apps, video blogs and more.
Using SlideRoom, schools can import and review applicants who have applied via the Common Application. This includes the nightly import of data and PDFs for each application via the Scheduled Delivery Service (SDS). Once imported, SlideRoom can be used to search, read, and evaluate applicants. SlideRoom's API can then be used to automate the export of data for direct integration with your SIS or other backend systems. Because SlideRoom is web-based, the whole experience is easy to setup and pleasant to use. The traditional option of on-premise document imaging systems requires expensive data transfer middleware and VPN infrastructure for remote readers to review applications. SlideRoom's enterprise cloud solution and beautiful interface makes navigation, viewing, and evaluation a much more convenient experience. Viewing the Common Application from
As we enter the second year of SlideRoom's partnership with The Common Application, we are excited to share several important updates as well as a complete guide for member schools wanting to understand how the integration for the two systems work across multiple touchpoints. View the complete guide here. The big announcement at the Common App's conference last week was that all member schools of the Common App can receive the data integration. This was previously limited to Exclusive II members, but is now available for all. SlideRoom's standard pricing remains in effect, but XII schools do receive a waiver of our yearly license fee. Here are a few highlights about the integration: Applicants are given a smooth bridge to transition from Common App into SlideRoom.
This post is to help Common App member schools visualize an applicant's workflow, particularly when the applicant links from Common App to a school's SlideRoom account for adding an art supplement. Note that the pictures below are only accurate for Exclusive II members of Common App, which has this integration turned on. Choose "Yes" to the art supplement question In Common App, applicants answer a question about their intention to provide an art supplement. This turns on a section at the bottom of the left sidebar. Click the link When the applicant opens the section labeled Art Supplement, a link takes them to that school's specific SlideRoom portal for accepting media. The picture below uses Stonehill College as an example. Login to the School's SlideRoom portal
Setting up a new SlideRoom account is very easy. To get started, register here. Choose any features you think are needed and then continue with providing your contact information. Check the box that your school is a CommonApp member. This will result in a free trial account for the Summer and become official on August 1st when the new CommonApp goes live. During this time, we verify your school's CA membership status. If you are an Exclusive II member of CommonApp, this results in an invoice waiver and data integration between the two systems is installed automatically. It's that easy. If your school has a different level of membership, that's fine too. You will receive a registration invoice and both systems work great in parallel. Use
This Summer 2013, CommonApp is launching the 4th version of their system which will be completely web-based and offer a variety of new enhancements. We are pleased to announce that CommonApp has chosen SlideRoom as their exclusive partner to handle arts supplements. This means schools hosting an undergraduate admissions process which require a creative portfolio can use SlideRoom and CommonApp together. This works perfectly for schools of music, art, architecture, theater, film, and even non-arts schools. Media is a great way for applicants to demonstrate skill in all fields. While many schools have used CommonApp and SlideRoom in parallel for many years, this new partnership will allow Exclusive II members of CommonApp a few benefits: Special Pricing Schools pay nothing for the yearly registration fee regardless