UDC and USG to host forum on need-aware admissions

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative (UDC) will be hosting a forum on the possibility of Case Western Reserve University switching to need-aware admissions on Monday, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium.

Vice President for Enrollment Richard W. Bischoff will be there to give a brief presentation on the current and possible policies and to answer student questions. Students can submit questions ahead of time via a Google form, and can also ask questions and give statements during the event.

“The point of the forum is to make sure that admissions is aware of student opinions moving forward,” said Chippy Kennedy, USG president.

The decision to move to need-aware admissions comes as part of a possible move to the Coalition Application. The Coalition Application, which is a more individualized way of looking at applicants, requires private institutions to cover 100 percent of financial need.

The discussion will be moderated by John Killings and Naomi Sigg from the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“Admissions has complete power to change this policy,” said Kennedy. “Whatever change they make will have pros and cons. Our goal is to make sure that when admissions is making this decision they know how students feel.”

Although there is no solid timeline for the decision, the university is aiming to have 100 percent need met in the next few years. Representatives from USG’s academic affairs committee and UDC will meet with Bischoff along the way.

“We want to empower these people so they are aware of different student opinion and they can say how any decision will affect students,” said Kennedy.