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2024 Admissions Summit



Date:         Tuesday, April 2, 2024
 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT
New Orleans Marriott
Location:  New Orleans, LA

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET

Registration Fee:          $160 (for selected participants)
Seating Capacity:         25

Program Description

CAPCSD's Admissions Summit will bring together faculty members who are interested in deepening their knowledge of holistic review procedures for CSD graduate admissions processes, and we invite you to apply! We aim to build a community of individuals that can continue to support each other and sustain efforts to implement these processes over subsequent academic years following the summit. The event will be moderated by Dr. Danai Fannin and Dr. Kerry Mandulak.


At the Admissions Summit, attendees will be provided with evidence-based education around admissions, and will support member programs in developing new or adjusted admissions processes. This event seeks to advance the goals of programs that prioritize increasing diversity of incoming student cohorts on multiple dimensions. It will focus on exploring and dismantling systems and processes in admissions that have perpetuated the exclusion of minoritized students who are capable of and qualified for graduate work. The summit has been designed to provide both content knowledge and time to "workshop" the ideas presented. Attendees will be able to collaborate and strategize in small group discussions so they can walk away from the summit with implementable strategies to integrate the changes in admissions processes at the individual program level. The ultimate hope of the summit is to develop a community mobilized for collaborative work after the summit concludes.  


  • Foundational Information about Holistic Review
  • Alignment of Admissions Criteria with Program Strategic Plan
  • Transparency in Marketing of Program Characteristics and Applicant Requirements
  • The Experience, Attributes, and Metrics Model
  • The Application Review Process and Developing Shared Resources
  • Admissions Decision Making + Discussion of the Supreme Court decision regarding Race and Admissions

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the foundational tenets of holistic review, defined by the initiatives set forth by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and implemented successfully in other allied health professions.
  • Describe the process of aligning a program's strategic plan, with respect to vision, mission, and values, to the admissions criteria for any individual program.
  • Identify how to prioritize specific experiences, attributes, or metrics for admissions criteria, and then review how to facilitate the provision of this information within the application process in order to evaluate it for admissions decisions.
  • Identify ways to facilitate inclusive and equitable review procedures, including incorporating recent changes due to the Supreme Court decision regarding inclusion of race in admissions decisions.

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 2, 2023 - Applications open
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023 - Applications are due at 11:59 PM ET
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - All applicants are notified regarding selection
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - Participants must confirm, register, and pay registration fee, or an alternate participant will be selected.



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Dr. Danai Fannin

Dr. Danai Kasambira Fannin, PhD, CCC-SLP

Danai Kasambira Fannin PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Fannin is the recent past co-chair of the CAPCSD DEI Committee and is a member of the CSDCAS Admissions Committee. Overall interests include determinants of access to autism services for children and families in underserved areas, as well as strategies to diversify the communication disorders workforce through enhanced recruitment and retention efforts. 



Dr. Kerry Mandulak headshot

Dr. Kerry Mandulak

Dr. Kerry Callahan Mandulak, PhD, CCC-SLP

As Chair of Graduate Admissions and Professor in the Pacific University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), Dr. Kerry Mandulak has seen firsthand the power of using holistic review processes to increase the diversity, on myriad dimensions, of the speech-language pathology and audiology workforce. She has served as member and chair of the CAPCSD Admissions Committee as well as the recent past co-chair of the CAPCSD DEI Committee. Through presentations and publications, Dr. Mandulak is honored and grateful to continue the national conversation around this important work.

Pre-Summit Participant Preparation

  • Participants will be provided with asynchronous trainings before the event to ensure that all participants have a common understanding of holistic review principles.


Post-Summit Participant Expectations

  • Following the in-person event, there will be a series of four bi-monthly community webinar meetings to further the dialogue and education. Participants will also be expected to submit short and long term outcomes of their progress in implementing the holistic review strategies as a result of attending this summit. 


  • Faculty from CAPCSD member programs are invited to apply (Affiliate members are not eligible). The applicant’s program must be a CAPCSD member with their 2023-2024 membership dues paid in full by September 15, 2023.
  • Participation is limited to 25 faculty (maximum 2 per program), selected through a process to ensure a broad range of experiences with holistic admissions are represented.
  • The applicant must have an individual membership with CAPCSD offered at no cost. You can create a membership account, if you do not already have one, using your university email address. Click here to join.

Application Information

Complete the application and provide the requested information and responses.

  1. Contact information 
  2. Upload a CV 
  3. Number of academic faculty (approximate) 
  4. Number of clinical faculty (approximate) 
  5. Does your university offer an undergraduate CSD program? 
  6. What's your university / program's typical cohort size? (If you have multiple cohorts, you can also indicate that here.) 
  7. Do you accept a substantial amount (i.e., 40%+) of undergraduates from your university into the graduate program (estimate is acceptable)? 
  8. What was the average number of students accepted to your program for each of the following years? (2020-2021; 2021-2022; 2022-2023) 
  9. What is the average acceptance rate for your program over the past three years?
    (Compute the Average Number of Applicants / Total Applicants for the years 2020-2021 + 2021-2022 + 2022-2023)
  10. What was the range of GPA of accepted students for each of the following years? (2020-2021; 2021-2022; 2022-2023) 
  11. Does your university / program require the GRE as an application requirement? 
  12. Did your university / program's GRE requirement change over the past three years? 
  13. Briefly describe your program's recommendation letter process and expectations. 
  14. Briefly describe your program's personal statement process and expectations. 
  15. Briefly describe your program's interview process, if your program uses one. (Having an interview process is not a requirement to implement holistic review processes.) 
  16. Which holistic review strategies for admissions are being implemented by your university or program currently?

    • Your university / program evaluates applicant criteria related to specific mission or goals of the school (i.e., primary care, research mission, global health, urban or rural focus).
    • Your university / program has a mission statement for admissions that includes diversity.
    • Your university / program considers non-academic criteria as well as academic metrics (i.e., GPA, test scores) in the initial screening process.
    • Your university / program evaluates non-academic criteria related to student background or experience in the initial screening (i.e., first-generation status, socioeconomic status, gender, race, foreign language ability, community of origin).
    • Your university / program selects students from the waitlist by characteristics related to school’s mission or goals.
    • Your university / program provides training for the admissions committee related to school mission and / or diversity.
    • Other 
  17. How would you characterize the degree of support you have from colleagues, admissions staff, and administration to make changes in your program’s admissions processes? (i.e., Do you need help encouraging faculty to buy-in to using holistic admissions strategies?) 
  18. The ultimate goal of this summit is to develop a community mobilized for collaborative work. In addition to the community, participants will also be expected to submit short- and long-term outcomes of their progress in implementing the holistic review strategies presented at this summit.
    1) What is / are a strategy(ies) or concept(s) you would like to learn at this summit?
    Over the next few years, what do you hope to gain from your engagement in this community?
    3) How could you contribute to ongoing changes in admissions processes in CSD?
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