Learning Machine provides Common Application member schools an integrated system for receiving portfolios from applicants in every field.

Learning Machine and The Common Application have renewed their long-running partnership with a new 3-year agreement enabling expanded data integration and the option for every member school to have a SlideRoom account. SlideRoom, a product of Learning Machine, is the online platform that Common Application schools have been using to accept and evaluate portfolios during the college admissions process since 2013.

"Every student should have the opportunity to feature their talents and ambitions during the admissions process. Our three-year integration with SlideRoom has helped nearly 400,000 students express their unique traits and showcase their skills through online, multimedia portfolios," said Chad Massie, Senior Director for Technology for The Common Application.

The world is beginning to understand that portfolios are a meaningful part of every field and that they can contain a wide collection of things that demonstrate achievement.

Chris Jagers, Founder and CEO, Learning Machine

“Today, an applicant within any area of interest, can submit a personally meaningful project during admissions. These projects can demonstrate a level of curiosity, a level of commitment, and allow each student to curate a story about how they learn. The world is beginning to understand that portfolios are a meaningful part of every field and that they can contain a wide collection of things that demonstrate achievement,” said Chris Jagers, CEO of Learning Machine.

The Common Application renamed the “Art Supplement” to the more inclusive “Portfolio” in 2015 in response to overwhelming interest from schools with departments outside of the arts that had applicants wanting to submit evidence of their skill and achievements. Everything from prize-winning robots and software projects to surfboards and songwriting have been submitted through The Common Application Portfolio powered by SlideRoom. While portfolios are optional for some departments, they create a new opening for students to demonstrate the application of their knowledge, which helps admissions officers efficiently determine fit and merit.

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About Learning Machine: Learning Machine creates software for education providers, employers, and students to succeed within the information economy. Around the world, Learning Machine’s products are used for enrollment management, portfolio review, and issuing credentials on the blockchain. To learn more about SlideRoom, visit www.slideroom.com. To learn more about Learning Machine, visit www.learningmachine.com.

About The Common Application: The Common Application is a not-for-profit member organization of nearly 700 influential colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. Since 1975, The Common Application has been committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admissions process. Each year, more than 900,000 students use The Common Application online system to submit four million applications. To learn more, visit commonapp.org and follow @CommonApp #CommonApp.

Source: Learning Machine

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