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

    Preparing for the 2019 – 2020 Application Cycle Launch

    Primary contacts should have received a renewal notice email last week. If there have been staff changes at your school or your school’s primary contact did not receive a renewal notice to participate in the 2019 – 2020 NursingCAS cycle please alert Caroline Kane.

    Key dates are listed below. All users who are responsible for setting up programs are encouraged to attend a Configuration Training Webinar. Learn more and register for a session.

    • June 4 – the 2019 – 2020 Configuration portal will open
    • Configuration Training Webinars dates are below, remember to register.
      • June 5, 11:00 AM – Noon Eastern Time
      • June 13, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time
      • July 9, 11:00 AM – Noon Eastern Time
      • July 11, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time
    • July 19 – deadline to submit program configurations to be reviewed and approved in time to open on the cycle launch date
    • August 15 – the NursingCAS 2019 – 2020 Application Cycle opens!
    • September 16 – the NursingCAS 2018 – 2019 Application Cycle closes, last date for applicant submission
    • October 4 – last date for processing of transcripts and references for the 2018 – 2019 cycle

    Please refer to the FAQs for more details on the cycle and contact the NursingCAS team with any questions. There is information and FAQs for applicants posted on as well, feel free to share this information.

    Last Chance to Turn on Organizational-Level Custom Questions – Respond by May 17

    If your school would like to use the Organizational-Level Custom Questions Configuration option then please notify Caroline Kane by May 17, so we can activate this option for your school in time for the opening of the Configuration Portal for the 2019 – 2020 Cycle. Note, program-level custom questions will remain an option and is the best configuration choice for schools that ask different questions for each program offered.

    Academic Update Opens May 30

    The second Academic Update (AU) period of the 2018-2019 application cycle begins on May 30 and ends on August 30. 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.

    There’s Still Time to Register for the User Conference

    It’s not too late to register for the Liaison User Conference. This event is designed for all CAS/WebAdMIT users and is being held in Boston, MA on June 27-28 at the Westin Waterfront hotel. View the program for more details on what sessions are being offered. And check out the top five reasons to attend the conference

    By the Numbers

    More Male Applicants are Applying to Programs via NursingCAS

    There has been a 5.7% increase in applicants identifying as males during the 2018 – 2019 application cycle thus far as compared to the 2017 – 2018 application cycle over the same timeframe, August  – April.

     NursingCAS Know-How

    Boost your Outreach Efforts

    Have you reached out to your “In Progress” applicants yet? NursingCAS gives you the ability to send emails to both in progress and submitted applicants directly through WebAdMIT. A major benefit of sending applicant emails through WebAdMIT is that everything is tracked. Other communications you may want to send are reminder emails, interview and event invitations, or status and acceptance notices. Refer to the WebAdMIT Help Center for help with the email tool.

    Reminder: you can now send Attachments in emails via NursingCAS. You can also extend your program deadline if necessary, see instructions.

    AACN has partnered with Echo-Interactive to offer participating NursingCAS schools the opportunity to expand their reach digitally with echo-targeting ads. Echo-targeting is an affordable banner advertising tool that allows participating universities to market their nursing program to prospective students. Learn more or contact Owen Landon with Echo-Interactive at 617-877-6327 or with questions or for more details.

    Increase your NursingCAS knowledge and know-how by utilizing the Liaison Academy resources, Upcoming Webinars include:

    • Evaluating Your Applicant’s with WebAdMIT’s GPAs – 5/21
    • WebAdMIT Configuration Portal Training – 5/23
    • Introduction to CAS – 6/11
    • Making WebAdMIT Work for You – 6/13
    • Working in WebAdMIT as a Reviewer or Interviewer – 6/18

    Social Beat

    New Reports on Admissions

    Hundreds of colleges still have space; survey of parents finds concerns on jobs; what adult learners are looking for.

    US Senate Vows to Strengthen Academic Nursing During National Nurses Week

    During National Nurses Week, which took place last week, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced S. 1399 Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019. The new legislation will help strengthen academic nursing and has received public support from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) since it was announced.

    Education Requirements for Advanced Nursing are Evolving

    Advance practice nursing — that which requires postgraduate education — is an in-demand profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that overall employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners will grow 31% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    Private Colleges Set New Record on Tuition Discounts

    Private colleges are offering students discounts on tuition and fees at record-high rates, according to the annual Tuition Discounting Study, released on Thursday by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

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