Admissions Associates | 2019

The 'WHAT'

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is committed to helping realize the university goal of increasing enrollment of underrepresented and underserved students. To that end, we intend to reinvent the delivery of systems and programs offered to prospective students through several new initiatives.

One of the major overhauls is to our application process and review. Through a partnership with the Coalition for College and consultation from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the OUA will implement a true and measurable holistic approach of reviewing applicants using an academic index and a non-cognitive review. This approach is evidence based with over 25 years of research (Sedlacek, 2017).

The 'WHY'

With a growing number of applications -- over 32,000 -- and to ensure a high quality, unbiased review of those applications, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions now invites outside readers. Including more perspectives in the process lowers the chance of reader bias.

The 'WHO'

Our office is soliciting reader support from You because we believe it is critical that various perspectives are included in the evaluation of the non-cognitive features for each applicant. The request is for You, or a designated person from your area, to give 5-15 hours of time to read and score essays from applicants from now through February 1.

The 'WHEN' and the 'WHERE'

A one-day training is required to receive the designation of Admissions Associate. The trainings are offered in the Assembly Hall at Holtzman Alumni Center on the following dates and times:

  • August 30th, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - Noon
  • September 5th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • October (TBD)

The 'HOW'

You will be added to a listserv called vt_admissions_associate-g@vt.edu. Please make sure you allow emails from this address or mark them as 'not spam'. If you do not see these emails, check your spam filters and email trash. Direction and updates will be communicated through email. Contact janetodd@vt.edu with questions.

The registration for the training is required and limited.