This week, NAGAP, The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, will bring more than 900 higher education leaders together at the 2016 NAGAP Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., for several days of hearing from dynamic speakers, networking, and sharing best practice around the changing landscape of graduate admissions and enrollment management.

Hobsons is a proud sponsor of the NAGAP Annual Conference, and we look forward to participating in a variety of activities with NAGAP and its members during the conference, including the conference celebration on Thursday, April 14, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum!

If you’re attending the conference, please stop by the Hobsons booth #401-403. We would love to connect with you.

In addition, we’ll be presenting in two general conference sessions:

Integrating Appplication Tools to Make Best-Fit Decisions

Graduate admissions requires a smooth and efficient application review process. With increasing competition, it’s important for institutions to not only make decisions quickly, but to make decisions on applicants that are the right fit for your university. Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School integrated its existing CRM and application tools with a cutting-edge video interview solution to give staff deeper insight into their applicants before they make admissions decisions.

In this session, Nikki Lemley of Washington University in St. Louis will share how her institution’s existing technology has been strengthened from this integration, how staff saved time and resources using video interviews, and how they have been able to use technology solutions to improve their incoming cohorts. Thursday, April 14, 1:30 p.m., Cumberland 2

Partnering to Support Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions

Holistic Review processes have the potential to more accurately assess the potential of a candidate for admission to a graduate program and to improve program and institutional diversity. Yet a number of challenges surround holistic review at the graduate level: a lack of understanding about what holistic review is and how it should be done, concerns about inefficiency and program standards, and departmental cultures that are resistant to changing file review processes.

Building on findings from a report from the Council of Graduate Schools, this panel session will explore ways that graduate schools and GEM professionals can work together to overcome these challenges. Speakers will highlight relevant findings from the report and share promising approaches to building effective alliances on campus. Thursday, April 14, 4:00 p.m., Cumberland 5

Supporting the work of graduate enrollment professionals is important to Hobsons, and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the NAGAP 2016 Annual Conference. 

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