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The Nuts and Bolts of Holistic Review

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The theory of holistic review is easy enough to grasp - but how do you put it into practice? This presentation digs into the nuts and bolts of holistic review implementation, using the AAMC's experience as a foundation.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Holistic Review

  1. 1. Holistic Review The Nuts and Bolts of Holistic Review Amy Addams Director, Competency-Based Admissions AAMC Holistic Review in Nursing Workshop March 23, 2016
  2. 2. Holistic Review Holistic Review: Working with and through others 2003-04: Cohen challenge 2005-06: AAMC Medical School Admissions Workshop Working Group (SMAE/EMAE) 2007: Advisory Cmte. on Holistic Review 2008: 1st publication in Roadmap series 2011: Holistic Review in Admissions: Challenging Conventional Thinking and Practice Workshops 2010: 2nd publication in Roadmap series 2013: 3rd publication in Roadmap series
  3. 3. Holistic Review Holistic Review Core Principle Race and ethnicity may be considered as factors when making admission-related decisions only when • such consideration is narrowly tailored to achieve mission- related educational interests and goals associated with student diversity, and; • when considered among a broader mix of factors such as personal attributes, experiential factors, demographics, or other considerations. 4
  4. 4. Holistic Review Legal and policy resources • AAMC Roadmaps  Roadmap to Excellence: Key Legal and Educational Policy Foundations for Medical Schools, 2nd edition  Roadmap to Excellence: Key Concepts for Evaluating the Impact of Medical School Holistic Admissions • College Board Access & Diversity Initiative http://diversitycollaborative.collegeboard.org/
  5. 5. Holistic Review Activity 2: Developing an admissions mission statement 1. Review the profile of a fictional nursing school located on your table. 2. As a group, develop a mission statement for admissions that includes diversity and addresses the school’s needs. 3. Develop one statement per table. 4. Select someone to share your result with the room.
  6. 6. Holistic Review Lessons learned • The expertise is on the ground • Peer-to-peer learning is critical • Frameworks have to be operational and actionable • Important to work directly with the decision makers
  7. 7. Holistic Review Lessons learned • National data are important; institutional data are essential • Holistic review = continuous quality improvement • Requires a systems-level perspective
  8. 8. Holistic Review • Inclusive instructional strategies • Broad success measures • Screening • Interviewing • Selection INSTITUTIONAL MISSION Executive Leadership Alignment Across the Continuum
  9. 9. Holistic Review Common characteristics of successful schools • Institutional readiness • Individual readiness • The right people at the table • Commitment and engagement on part of key stakeholders
  10. 10. Holistic Review The most successful schools… • Understood and approached holistic review as more than an admissions project. • Perceived, planned, and implemented it from the perspective of an important institutional change initiative
  11. 11. Holistic Review Kotter’s Accelerate 8-step Process for Leading Change http://www.kotterinternational.com/ the-8-step-process-for-leading- change/
  12. 12. Holistic Review Q & A

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