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James Werner is Vice Presdient of Higher Education at DecisionDesk, an application platform that lets users quickly access, filter and review applications to find the very best talent for their organization.

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New Changes to the SAT Reflect a Changing Admissions Process

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 3:30 PM

The recent announcement on changes to the SAT has sparked numerous conversations around the college admissions process. The College Board will be shifting from abstruse, recondite and arcane vocabulary words, for example, to an emphasis on greater critical thinking and real-world skills. If you're not sure whether or...

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Leveling the Playing Field: Curbing Cheating in College Admissions

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Early each year, students around the globe wait anxiously for their college acceptance letters. It is the culmination of long hours and hard work spent filling out applications and years of effort throughout high school. For some, their acceptance will not be to the school of their choice -- a...

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Why Video Is the Future of College Admissions

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 1:50 PM

In 2001, an enterprising high school student sent an application to UC Santa Cruz. Her personal essay consisted of a drawn flower whose petals formed the word, "creativity." The center of the flower formed the phrase, "The Courage to Try."

Had this application been received at MIT or Cal Tech,...

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Why the College Application Process Needs an Upgrade

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:56 PM

What if you applied for a job and were told, "Sorry, your zip code, previous salary, and shoe size make you ineligible for this position?" You'd be angry, right? In many respects, a similar scenario plays out each year for tens of thousands of college applicants.

As a nation, we...

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Why the Common App Failed Online Applicants

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 1:03 PM

Applying to college is arguably one of the most stressful experiences for any high school student. The pressure that comes with submitting applications to several schools can become overwhelming. The Common Application was developed, in part, to help relieve this stress, creating a standardized application that is now accepted at...

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