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National Study on University Admissions in the Health Professions to be Released September 30

First nationwide study to examine the impact of holistic review across multiple health professions

On September 30, 2014, in Washington, DC, higher education and health leaders will release a report that is the first to examine nationwide the impact and use of holistic review—a university admissions process that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement such as grades and test scores—for students pursuing careers in the health professions.

Many colleges and universities use a holistic admission process to select students. The practice has become more popular in health fields such as medicine, because it enables schools to evaluate a broader range of criteria important for student success, and to select individuals with the background and skills needed to meet the demands of a transforming health care environment. However, the extent to which this admissions practice was being used across schools of other health professions nationwide and the impact it’s had on academic success, diversity, and other outcomes—such as students’ engagement with the community—were largely unknown until now.

The National Study on University Admissions in the Health Professions was led by Dr. Greer Glazer, Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati, and coordinated by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)/Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

At the event, researchers and higher education leaders will discuss key findings from the study and the impact of the holistic review process.

Join the discussion on Twitter with @UUHEALTH and follow #HolisticReview

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) partners with APLU to create and promote a unified urban agenda for the nation that recognizes and supports urban universities and their city partners in helping to build a stronger America. Our members work closely with city, state and national leaders to promote evidence-based, transformative investment in urban areas to: 1) revitalize neighborhoods and increase economic development; 2) develop human capital by strengthening student performance in higher education and the cradle to career education pipelines that prepare them; and 3) improve evidence and the use of data that will help universities enhance and expand a culturally sensitive, diverse and prepared health workforce that will improve health and health equity in underserved urban communities.


When: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Where: National Press Club,
First Amendment Lounge
529 14th St NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC

The event will be webcast live at www.urbanuniversitiesforhealth.org

Contact: Julia Michaels, Urban Universities for HEALTH

Scheduled speakers include:

Dr. M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University
Dr. Neil D. Theobald, President, Temple University
Dr. Yvonne Maddox, Acting Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Dr. Greer Glazer, Co-Principal Investigator and Dean, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati

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