NursingCAS Dispatch

Stay Connected & Informed

Welcome to the NursingCAS Dispatch – a monthly newsletter intended to keep you up to date with current happenings at NursingCAS. The newsletter will feature:

  • User Updates to keep you in the loop, so you can keep your team and applicants in the loop.
  • NursingCAS by the Numbers, a metric to showcase application statistics and other relevant data.
  • NursingCAS Know-How, an in-depth examination of a NursingCAS feature.
  • Social Beat, which will feature nursing and admissions news from around the web.

 User Updates

NursingCAS Prepares for Busy Season

Historically, January and February are the busiest months for NursingCAS. Application submissions typically increase substantially during January and February due to the high volume of deadlines during these months. Please keep in mind that with the increased application volume, transcript verification times may take longer, but we will still strive to keep turnaround time within a 2 week timeframe. Additionally, applicants may experience longer call wait and email response times. Two tips to share with applicants during this busy season is to remind them that NursingCAS processes electronic transcripts and the Applicant Help Center is a helpful resource should they have questions when completing their application.

Academic Update Opens December 13

The first Academic Update (AU) period of the 2018-2019 application cycle begins on December 13 and ends on February 15. AU allows applicants to update their coursework section to include newly completed or planned courses, read more about how this works for applicants. Note that AU applicants are flagged in WebAdMIT. You can find more important dates for the 2018-2019 cycle here.

NursingCAS Holiday Closures

Please note that NursingCAS Customer Service will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Normal hours will resume on December 26 and January 2. The NursingCAS team wishes you a very happy holiday season!

 By the Numbers

53 percent, the percentage increase of submitted application between december 2017 and january 2018

 NursingCAS Know-How

From the Archives – How to Extend a Program Deadline in NursingCAS

As admissions professionals, you know better than anyone that plans and deadlines can change on short notice, sometimes leaving you with the need to adjust deadlines. The good news is that NursingCAS makes it easy for you to change your program deadlines in five minutes or less.

Here’s how:

  1. Log in to WebAdMIT and select CAS Configuration Portal in your left hand menu.
  2. In the Configuration Portal’s left hand menu select NURSINGCAS and then the appropriate cycle (in this case NURSINGCAS 2018-2019 CYCLE).
  3. Select your school name, a list of your programs will appear.
  4. Hover over the program you want to edit and click Details.
  5. That will bring you to the program’s information, scroll down to the bottom and select edit.
  6. Change the deadline date using the calendar picker. Select the Save button on the lower right.

Once you have changed the program deadline, we recommend that you add an entry to the Applicant Newsletter to inform applicants of this change.

More detailed instructions can be found here.

 Social Beat

How (and Whether) to Balance Online and On-Ground Enrollment

Some on-ground institutions are close to 50 percent online enrollment. But how important is the proportion?

New ‘Buddy System’ of Nurse Education Gets High Marks from Students

Students have challenged the traditional approach to education, saying it is not a realistic representation of a nurse’s actual workload.

The Top Admissions Articles of 2018

Here are the pieces that attracted the most readers. Topics include the difficulty of getting in, admissions inequities, race and testing.

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