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June 2024

The NursingCAS Dispatch is a monthly newsletter intended to keep you up to date with current happenings at NursingCAS. The newsletter features:

 


 NURSINGCAS KNOW-HOW

NursingCAS 2024-2025 Configuration Portal – Now Open!

The Configuration Portal for the NursingCAS 2024-2025 cycle opened on May 20. For programs going live on the day of the cycle launch (August 8), the deadline to complete configurations and submit your programs for review is Friday, June 28.

To access the NursingCAS 2024-2025 cycle, make sure you have selected the 24-25 cycle from the drop-down menu in the upper right of your dashboard in Prelaunch. Once the 24-25 cycle is selected, click “CAS Configuration Portal” from the left-hand navigation under the “Management” tile.

For a complete list of steps to complete configuration, please reference the email sent from info@nursingcas.myliaison.com on Monday, May 20.

Required Webinar: Preparing for the 2024-2025 NursingCAS Cycle

The Configuration Portal for the 2024-2025 NursingCAS cycle opened on May 20. Register now to attend the Preparing for the 2024-2025 NursingCAS Cycle webinar. This webinar will cover updates for the new cycle, steps to configure your application, and tips for effectively branding program pages. The second session of this webinar will be offered on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Updates and enhancements for the 2024-2025 NursingCAS cycle
  • Best practices for closing out a cycle and preparing for a new cycle, including guidance on improving a program’s homepage and branding to increase recruitment efforts
  • Configuration portal terminology and the CAS rollover process
  • Configuration features for maximizing application review efficiency

At least one member from each institution must attend. All users are encouraged to attend this webinar to prepare for the new application cycle. If you cannot attend, please register to receive a copy of the recording.

NursingCAS Applicant Newsletter & Recruitment Event Calendar

The Applicant Newsletter, provided by AACN, is emailed to 160,000+ NursingCAS applicants the third week of every month. This newsletter is for programs affiliated with NursingCAS only. Program submissions are FREE and due on the Friday prior to publication. However, posts must relate to one of the three topics below or they will be removed. Please submit an announcement using the form on our website.

Here is some additional information on how schools can leverage each section of the Applicant Newsletter:

  1. Open Seats: Use this section to provide notifications to applicants about NursingCAS programs with available space. You can share information about one specific program or multiple programs in one announcement. You can highlight the program by providing information relevant to your nursing school, specific program requirements, location, accreditation, program cost/scholarships, specialties, etc.
  2. Deadline Extensions: Use this section to share announcements about deadline extensions for your NursingCAS programs. You can share information about your programs, the new deadlines, and any requirements that might have changed (if applicable).
  3. New Programs: Use this section to highlight any new programs that have joined/launched in the Application Portal since the last newsletter.

We recommend including contact information for representatives or links to your website and the NursingCAS application within the announcement. Visit the Newsletter Archive for samples of previous submissions.

The NursingCAS Events Calendar is a great platform for publicizing your program’s recruitment events. These events include student information sessions, virtual fairs, open houses, and other recruitment events that connect your institution with potential applicants. You can submit items to the Events Calendar using the Applicant Event Form. This calendar is distributed to 160,000+ students each month.

Safe-List Email Addresses

Please work with your institution’s IT department to ensure the following email addresses and email domains are safe-listed.

WebAdMIT Sandbox Environment Refresh

Are you utilizing the WebAdMIT Sandbox? If not, you should be! Sandbox is a duplicate test platform useful for testing and training purposes; any actions performed in Sandbox will not affect the live data in production. This tool provides users with a safe, “near-production” environment to submit test applications and run sample exports, among other actions. The WebAdMIT Sandbox is a copy of the WebAdMIT production environment with sensitive applicant information (such as surnames, email addresses, etc.) obfuscated.

The WebAdMIT Sandbox is refreshed between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ET every Monday. If Monday is a US or Canadian holiday, deployment is the next business day. This deployment includes all system changes from the preceding release. The WebAdMIT Sandbox environment is refreshed with current (cleansed) production data and program configurations. Any test exports, custom fields, etc., in the current Sandbox will be overwritten.

Support for WebAdMIT School Users

As always, the dedicated WebAdMIT Client Support Specialist Team is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET to assist with questions about WebAdMIT features. The team can be reached at (857) 304-2020 or webadmitsupport@liaisonedu.comTraining is also available via webinars, on-demand courses, and the Liaison Academy. Please visit the WebAdMIT Help Center for further information.

Make sure to sign up to receive important notices through the Liaison CAS Status page for updates on future CAS and WebAdMIT outages.

 


 BY THE NUMBERS

NursingCAS Applicants by State of Residence (2022 – 2023 Cycle)

In the 2022-2023 cycle, 53,325 students from all 50 U.S. states and 145 countries submitted applications through NursingCAS. The top feeder state was California, with 7,880 applicants (14.9% of the total applicant pool), followed by Texas, Florida, New York, and Tennessee. Please see the graphic for more information on other top feeder schools for this cycle.

Are you looking to expand your reach to students in a specific geographic area? Echo Targeting (an AACN partner) is a digital banner advertising tool that allows member schools to exclusively reach NursingCAS students while they surf the internet. This digital marketing program is flexible, affordable, and most importantly, effective. There are no spending minimums, no minimum number of months schools must participate, and each school can select the states in which they want to reach an audience of future students.

 

 


 USER UPDATES

This section provides monthly updates on new features and enhancements available within the Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, WebAdMIT, and information on upcoming training opportunities. Please note that these are only a few highlights of Liaison’s recent enhancements. A complete list of recent WebAdMIT Release Notes is available.

Subscribe to WebAdMIT Release Notes 

WebAdMIT Release Notes provide a summary of enhancements and new features that are made available in the Applicant Portal, Applicant Gateway, Configuration Portal, Letters by Liaison, and WebAdMIT. Want to receive Release Notes emails? Subscribe here.

Applicant Specific Deadline Filter on Search Page

You can now search by the Applicant Specific Deadline field on the Search page. This field lists the applicant’s specific deadline date if your program configures multiple deadlines. If the applicant received an individual deadline extension, the new deadline date displays in this field. Additionally, all filter fields on the Search page have hover text that describes each field. These enhancements empower you to more easily find and filter applicants.

 


If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Jaczko, AACN’s Director of Application Services, at tjaczko@aacnnursing.org.