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How to get a recommendation letter for graduate school application

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It is an important duty for a faculty that providing graduate school applicants a strong recommendation letter. However, faculty members experience difficulties in writing a strong recommendation letter because of 1) lack of applicant information and 2) time pressure. In order to address the problem, I suggest "using a recommendation request form".

The template and instruction is here:
http://leadershipcenter.tistory.com/444

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How to get a recommendation letter for graduate school application

  1. 1. 1 Guiding to Graduate School Application & Writing Recommendation Letters Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi, PhD Management faculty & Mohammad Mousavi, PhD Finance faculty (Oct. 04, 2017)
  2. 2. 2 Purpose: Faculty members want to give more practical guides and supports for graduate school applicants. Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application
  3. 3. 3 Situation: More than 70% of WKU students are going to prestigious Graduate schools all around the world (Dr. Holger Henke’s Interview, China Daily 2017) Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application
  4. 4. 4 Problem: A few number of WKU faculty write more than 70 recommendation letters in a semester. And the number is getting dramatically increasing. It is a big investment for faculty. Consequently, the process is mechanistic. However, WKU faculty want to provide more practical guides and strong recommendation letters for our students. Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application Example: 20 students X 7 graduate schools = 140 letters
  5. 5. 5 An example of strong recommendation letter! Ying Feng (Kelly) at Johns Hopkins Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application
  6. 6. 6 Key components of strong recommendation letter! Ying Feng (Kelly) at Johns Hopkins Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application Key Components Specific “purpose of study” Studying Innovation / Tech Management in the US Targeted “graduate programs” Listing seven prestigious American innovation / tech management schools (Johns Hopkins, UIUC, Columbia, Boston, Stanford, Kellogg, U of Chicago) Pin-pointed strength Winner of Kean BPC, Financial knowledge & Inquiry for Management from Internship at Philips Continual communication Since the Kean BPC, Kelly discussed continually about her studying abroad with a faculty Clear career vision after the Graduate program Kelly would start her career in the American manufacturing company as an innovation management expert, and she gradually move back to Sino-American enterprise.
  7. 7. 7 Fours issues that need to be addressed. Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application Students get “Biased information”2 Students get “Interventions from Parents & Third-party agents” 3 Faculty need more “Communication” with potential applicants 4 Faculty need “Basic materials” from students 1 WKU needs to provide more practical information about graduate schools WKU needs to guide students to choose the most appropriate graduate programs WKU needs to provide Institutional support. Students need to provide faculty “Statement of Purpose, CV, Transcript, Where to apply?”
  8. 8. 8 How to address these issues? Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application “Biased information” 2 “Interventions from Parents & Third-party agents” 3 “Communication”4 “Basic materials”1 Idea 2: WKU Faculty members can take five- minutes “Video” to guide students to apply graduate schools. More ideas? Idea 1: Let students complete a “Recommendation Letter Request Form” that contains necessary basic materials.
  9. 9. 9 How to get “Necessary Information” from students? ➪ Recommendation Letter Request Form ! Guiding WKU Students to Graduate School Application Idea 1: “WKU Recommendation Letter Request Form for Graduate School Application”

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