The Rise of STEM Portfolios

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The Rise of STEM Portfolios

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...

How Admissions Missed the Next Einstein

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How Admissions Missed the Next Einstein

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...

Spotlight on NASA Space Telescope

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Spotlight on NASA Space Telescope

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...

Spotlight on AICAD

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Spotlight on AICAD

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...

Spotlight on Burning Man

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Spotlight on Burning Man

The Burning Man annual festival has become a seminal event with attendance reaching over 60,000 people in 2014. Started twenty-eight years ago in San Francisco, the week-long event eventually moved to Black Rock City in Northern Nevada where it has continued to flourish. The gathering is often described as...

Autodesk: Pier 9 Residency

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Autodesk: Pier 9 Residency

Autodesk, the leading software company for 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, is furthering their mission to empower designers by offering an innovative new kind of Artist Residency that is fully equipped for making ideas a reality. It's called the Pier 9 AiR Program, located in San Francisco. The 2-6...

When Makers Apply to College

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When Makers Apply to College

MIT’s culture of making continues to expose how real-world projects seldom live within one distinct domain of knowledge. The practice of moving between disciplines and shifting perspectives creates new kinds of creative momentum — a learning ability MIT is looking for within their admissions process. The illustration above is a...

Assessing Skill in All Fields

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Assessing Skill in All Fields

Rather than just relying on test scores and essays, more fields should ask applicants to demonstrate their skill. Not only would this help differentiate between ‘qualified’ applicants, it can provide a better measure of what an applicant can actually do. Performance standards (not content standards) are becoming increasingly more important....