Do you plan to attend the 2018 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in New Orleans? If yes, we hope you will join us for one or all of the upcoming sessions on the topic of holistic admissions!
Holistic Admissions Review Workshop for Physical Therapist Education Programs
- APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), New Orleans
- Pre-conference Workshop
- APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans
- February 21, 2018
- 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Speaker: Carolyn Booker (ADEA)
Holistic admissions refers to a process of considering the capabilities and attributes of applicants beyond grade point averages and standardized test scores to better assess their readiness to engage in graduate or professional education. Holistic admissions processes have been adopted during the past decade by many dental, medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools to identify applicants who best meet the mission and objectives of their professional programs. This 1-day preconference course is designed to introduce individuals who participate in admissions processes for physical therapist education programs to the concept, practice, benefits and utilization of a holistic review framework. Germane to this process is a review of the considerations related to institutional excellence, providing a legal foundation for diversity considerations in admissions, impact of unconscious bias, race-neutral alternatives, theory and research and support for these activities through application to accreditation standards. The workshop is projected to provide foundational material while engaging participants in discussion and application of the concepts. Participants will be encouraged to define institutional excellence as it relates to their institution, examine how unconscious bias impacts application review, describe race-neutral alternatives and apply concepts to a case study. The workshop concludes with participants identifying needs of their individual program to adopt and support a holistic admissions review process. The course is an adaptation of a series of workshops that have been successfully implemented by the American Dental Education Association for dental schools in the United States since 2009. The promotion and implementation of holistic admissions processes was collectively identified by the American Council on Academic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Education Section of the APTA through the Education Leadership Partnership as a strategic priority for physical therapist education.