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Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Admissions staff
talks review process

Kedra Ishop,
Erica Sanders
discuss applications,
incoming class

Following
heightened
interest
in the college admissions process
nationwide, The Daily sat down with
University of Michigan admissions
officials to discuss the various
pieces of the University’s process.
The following interview with Erica
Sanders, director of undergraduate
admissions, and Kedra Ishop, vice
provost for enrollment management,
has been edited for length and clarity.
The Michigan Daily: In light
of the Varsity Blues scandal, there
has been heightened attention on
the college admissions process
nationally. We would like to ask a
few questions to clarify some of the
lesser-known pieces of the process
at the University. Please explain
what happens to an application on
the University’s end from the time
the applicant presses submit to late
August, when the incoming class
arrives on campus.
Erica
Sanders:
Once
the
students submit the application,
we
receive
the
application
electronically. And the student
then receives reminders to submit
all the required documents: so
the transcript, official submission

of test scores (and) we require a
teacher and a counselor letter of
recommendation. And then once
those documents are received,
then we will start the evaluation
process.
So first, we process the app
and then it goes on to evaluation
process, all of our applications are
evaluated at least twice. And within
that process, the first evaluation
is done randomly, we have about
100 external staff members that go
through between 25 and 50 hours of
training yearly, depending on how
many years they’ve read for the
office in the past and what has been
the pattern of their read both speed
and accuracy so that we’re able
to ensure that everyone basically
has the same level of competency
with evaluation as they’re reading
files. Once that initial read is done,
they are assigned randomly — so
they don’t read for any particular
territory or volume of application,
so that there isn’t a bias towards,
‘Oh I want all of my students to read
it at x level,’ they’re read randomly.
The second evaluation is done
based upon a territory management
system, and so our staff basically
are split into in-state, out-of-state
and international territories that
they become far more familiar
with. So they have more expertise
in regards to this whole system,
the grading system and curriculum
choices that students may have
available.

City Council enters
closed session after
resident questions
pedestian safety

A special session of Ann
Arbor City Council took place
this Monday in regard of two
court cases: Attorney General
et al. v. Gelman Sciences, Inc.,
relating to the dioxane plume
caused by Gelman Science, and
Think Right Strategies v. City
of Ann Arbor, which involves a
conservative political consulting
firm suing the city over anti-
discrimination laws.
The meeting started with
public commentary from Chuck
Lockes, a member of the citizen-
run group A2 Safe Transport,
which
aims
to
improve
pedestrian and transportation
safety within the city. Lockes
spoke about the statistical report

he
generated
on
pedestrian
crashes in Ann Arbor from 2004
to 2016. He said he emailed the
report to all councilmembers
and only got a response from
Chip Smith, D-5, whom Lockes
said responded negatively to the
report.
Lockes urged the council to
properly address the issue of
endangering pedestrians.
“Mr. Smith said he wanted
to promote or get away from
certain car cultures,” Lockes
said. “I want to know, from him,
if that means it’s okay for the
city of Ann Arbor to accept a few
extra casualties along the way.
That seems to be the insinuation
of what he is saying, from that
logic.”
The
council
then
went
into closed session under the
Michigan Open Meetings Act
for pending litigation set forth
or
incorporated
in
MCLA
15.268(E).

Ongoing lawsuits
focus of officials

BARBARA COLLINS &
ALEX HARRING
Summer Managing News Editors

ALEXANDRIA POMPEI/Daily
University admissions staff speak on review proccess at the Student Activities Building Wednesday.

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