How has technology changed the admissions process?
I think it’s pretty obvious with the computer age, the vastness of Internet technology, videos, CD’s, etc. Most evaluations are done electronically, and too often an acceptance e/m replaces a fat letter!
Technology has enabled admissions offices to cast a wider recruitment net by developing web-based marketing materials that can reach students throughout the US and far beyond. Admissions offices have also made use of technology to improve application processing which enables them manage higher application volume and to render and release admission decisions more quickly.
There is no question about the fact that technology has changed the admission process. It has altered the way schools and students communicate and it has changed the application process itself. The wait for the thick envelope has been replaced by news on a student’s own portal. Facebook can give prospective students better insight into life at the school and it can give the school better insight—for good or ill—into the life of the prospective student. Skype interviews are another new development that reflect what has in many ways been a wholesale change. It is most certainly not your mother’s application process.
It has streamlined the process for students making it easier to get information and stay organized. The result is that more students are applying to more schools.
Are sites that offer students access to notes of the college lectures they might have missed while skipping class the same as buying term papers and answer guides to tests? Sites like www.isleptthroughclass.com and www.ShareNotes.com are popping up all over the Internet and tout that they allow students to easily access notes from classes they might have “forgotten” to attend.
This is not the first e-venture for the absent student. In 1999, in the early days of the world wide web, The New York Times published an article about a progressive new service offered by now-defunct website, StudentU.com which was hiring students at 62 universities over the country to take takes in over 50 of the “core” courses and were then posted online within 24 hours. The service was free and lasted for only a year, going south when the founder of the site was unable to continue the $300 per semester, per class, note submission payment.
In hopes to stay afloat longer than the first pioneer into online note submission, websites like isleptthroughclass.com offers students who post their notes online chances to earn “points” which can later be cashed in for giftcards for sites like Amazon.com. Additionally, if the notes portion of the site is not sufficient, students can also access an “Answer Board” portion of the site, where they can post questions about the notes, missed class, or even homework.
Are sites like this a slippery slope to purchasing papers and test answers? Many argue that these sites do not single handedly provide the substance to the student, that the student must take the notes that are posted and use them to study, write papers, etc. But, if this encourages students to miss class because they don’t have to fear missing the notes, how is this any different than students not writing a paper that they bought instead? Websites like this are certainly interesting to follow, whatever your judgement of them may be.
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