U.S. universities are moving to a new, more open application process to get students to apply to more positions in their fields.
The College Board is rolling out an online application portal to help colleges get the most applicants for more positions, the Wall Street New York reports.
A college can apply for more than a hundred positions, from medical and dental assistant to elementary school teacher, to be a member of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.
“It’s going to be more difficult to get more people into these positions, and that’s not a good thing,” says Chris Nunn, a managing partner at the consulting firm Nunn Associates.
“The more you get into these roles, the more they become competitive, and then the fewer people there are.”
In some cases, applicants can receive an interview with the hiring manager, who will evaluate their application, and determine whether they are eligible for a job.
In other cases, the hiring managers will direct applicants to a separate online application.
The new process has been rolling out for a few years, but there is still no consensus on whether it is the right thing for colleges, or the right way to go about it.
According to a Wall Street analyst, Nunn expects the new system will cost the colleges about $30 million.
But for the colleges themselves, it could be worth the price.
“The bigger the company, the bigger the costs.
And for colleges that have a lot of staff, they’ll be more worried about costs than how to get into positions,” Nunn says.
While the colleges will be required to pay for the new process, there will be no financial impact on the institutions.
For example, a private school will likely have a larger footprint on the Internet, so the cost will be spread out over a larger area.
Some colleges, like Georgetown University, have said they have already made changes in their admissions policies, so it could take time to see how the process is implemented.
And even if colleges do end up using the new systems, Nuff said it’s not clear how the colleges are going to determine if they are getting more applicants for their programs.
There are still a lot questions, like who is qualified for a position and how can they get in.
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