Learn about holistic review for graduate admissions

Julie Posselt standing in front of chart paper with positive adjectives on it like Persistent

Julie Posselt, associate professor from the University of Southern California, presents to faculty and administrators in November 2018. Photo by Colleen McLinn

July 15, 2019

Graduate schools spend considerable time and effort recruiting talented students who are a good fit for their programs. Recent research has questioned how admissions committee practices could be improved to more effectively identify high potential students using holistic methods. Several institutions, and some graduate fields at Cornell, are beginning to rethink their approach to admissions.

Expert Julie Posselt, author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Admissions, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2016) and associate professor of higher education at the University of Southern California, will be returning to campus August 19 with Casey Miller, associate dean for research and faculty affairs, and professor of materials science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, to lead a daylong faculty workshop on holistic admissions practices. While at Cornell, they will also lead a mini-workshop with graduate students and postdocs to support their training as future faculty.

These events are hosted by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE) and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at Cornell and are supported by the NSF AGEP Transformation Alliance: Improved Academic Climate for STEM Dissertators and Postdocs to Increase Interest in Faculty Careers (NSF Grant No. 1647094). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed during this event are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Read Posselt Advocates for Holistic Review Practices on the Graduate School website…

Register for the Faculty Holistic Review Workshop for Graduate Admissions

Register for the Holistic Graduate Admissions Mini-Workshop for Future Faculty