Teachers: How to upload your letters of rec in Naviance

Guest post: Kirk Mitchell offers a wonderful screencast for teachers on how to upload your letter of recommendation to NAVIANCE.

Unigo and Wall Street Journal

I have long been a fan of both the concept and implementation of Unigo. They cannot get their students reviews on colleges up fast enough for me. They have now partnered with The Wall Street Journal for a whole new level of content. This includes videos featuring 8 Admissions Officers from Eight Top Colleges Discuss and Demystify the College Admissions Process:

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As well as articles such as:

When Choosing A College, What Really Matters?

Is There A Perfect School For You?

Are the Ivies Worth The Price?

Making the Most of Your Second Choice

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Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education — one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Worth a watch

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Test drive a University: Check out Youtube

I have been tracking universities use of Youtube for some time. Youtube announced that they 45 new Universities, including Cambridge University, Open University, Bocconi University and Open University of Catalonia housed in their Youtube EDU channel, making 200 universities serving up 40,000 videos in various categories:

Stanford reports 721 Videos to 59,258 Views

UMich  offers up  682 Videos to 31,668 Views

UC University of California swamps everyone with  3,291 Videos 27,492 Views

Definitely worth hours of diversion.

This weeks videos

Firstly, William and Mary looks at their writing prompt:


This is the William and Mary admission office’s video message about the writing that’s part of the application and the people who will be reading it. A link to this video appears within the essay prompt on the online application. Although students do not need to see the video prompt in order to complete their applications successfully, the video offers additional context that is intended both to put them at ease and to promote their creativity.

The text for the essay prompt is:
Beyond your impressive academic credentials and extracurricular accomplishments, what else makes you unique and colorful? Provide us with some limited measure of your personality. We know that nobody fits neatly into 500 words or less, but you can provide us with some suggestion of The Type of Person You Are. Anything goes—inspire us, impress us or just make us laugh. Think of this optional opportunity as Show and Tell by proxy and with an attitude.

The screenplay for the video was written by Dean of Admission Henry Broaddus, and the video was produced by Kelsh Wilson Design. Nick Kelsh directed. Kevin Monko assisted and composed the background music.

Next: Carelton College

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U-cast #9: Notre Dame

Listen to this great interview of Notre Dame University, home of the fighting Irish.

U-Cast #6: Know you strengths

Those who have read this blog, know I am a big fan of knowing your strengths. Gallup offers a great tool called Strengthsfinder. You can learn more on a screencast I did last year. The screencast
is an automated powerpoint with my voice over. Just click play, it will
load and automatically play. The presentation is approximatley 16
minutes long. StrengthsQuest: A program to discover your strengths.

I stumbled on a podcast, which I am adding to the U-Cast Library, interview with Tom Roth, the author of Strengthsfinder 2.0. In the interview they discuss:

  • What is changes have been made in the Strengths Finder 2.0 tool?
  • Do strengths change over time?
  • At what age can you start assessing strengths?
  • Can you use Strengths Finder as a hiring tool? (Hint on this one: No.)