In the previous era of admissions at Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) College of Engineering, the application process was consumed by fits and starts.
First, the College of Engineering would need to wait until initial application data from the ApplyTexas online platform was translated for TAMU’s own admissions office. Then, the data was uploaded to the TAMU system, after which point each applicant received a student ID number. This multi-step process meant delays ranging from a few days to a full week before applicants would receive any kind of communication from TAMU’s admissions office — ultimately causing the ripple effect of delays in TAMU’s decision-making times on each applicant.
“One of the challenges we faced was that our graduate engineering advisors in each department did not have very much hands-on involvement regarding the pre-decision process in admissions. They had to wait to hear from the admissions office that all the applicant documents were received before they could ever make a decision or reach out to the applicant,” says Tandilyn Morrel, director of Graduate Programs for TAMU’s College of Engineering.
An additional problem, Tandilyn Morrel explains, related to “those prospective students who were interested but may not have completed an application.”
“We were not able to access data from in-process applicants in order to reach out to recruit them or communicate with them. Applicants would have to apply fully, and then we had to wait for all the application data to be received and uploaded in our system before we could actually reach out,” she says, adding that TAMU was seeking a “one-stop shop where we could have everything uploaded in one place.”