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Rackham Holistic Admissions Consultation

The Rackham Holistic Admissions Consultation team will, upon request, provide tailored support for individual doctoral programs through work with their admissions committee. The Rackham consultation team will meet with the program’s admissions committee at the outset of the process to learn about current practices and needs in the program. That information, as well as program admissions data over the previous five years, will be used to create program-specific recommendations and a holistic admissions rubric. A second optional meeting with the program admissions committee to discuss recommendations will conclude the process, although the Rackham consultation team will continue to be available for follow-up questions.

Starting May 2022

The Rackham Holistic Admissions Consultation team will begin work with individual doctoral admissions committees starting in May 2022, and the program is expected to continue for three years. While scheduling preference will be initially given to programs who have relied upon the GRE general test in doctoral admissions, we look forward to working with all interested programs over the course of this initiative.

Rackham Holistic Admissions Consultation Team

The Rackham Holistic Admissions Consultation Team is comprised of faculty and staff with decades of experience in holistic review and in doctoral admissions:

Anna Mapp

Associate Dean of Biological & Health Sciences, Rackham Graduate School; Edwin Vedejs Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, LSA; Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute. Mapp served as an admissions committee chair in the Program in Chemical Biology for 10 years and oversaw the transition to a GRE-free, holistic admissions process. As associate dean, she co-leads the Rackham Holistic Admissions workshop.

Melanie Sanford

Moses Gomberg Distinguished University Professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, LSA. Sanford served as chemistry graduate chair for five years and has >10 years’ experience on Ph.D. and M.S. admissions committees in one of the largest graduate programs in LSA.

Ida Faye Webster

Director of Rackham Program Review and Director of RMF Evaluation and Administration. Webster has >20 years experience in graduate education and over >10 years working with Rackham program leadership sharing best practices from across campus.

Kristen Jensen

Manager for Rackham Associate Deans’ Initiatives. Jensen is highly experienced in project management. She has been with Rackham since 2017 and has over 20 years in the non-profit education sector. Jensen’s a passionate generalist who enjoys dissecting a project at both the macro and micro levels.

Scheduling a Consultation

If your program is interested in working with the Holistic Admissions Consultation team, please complete the Rackham Holistic Admissions Consultation form, and we will reach out to schedule.

  • The process requires at least one one-hour meeting between the consultation team and the program admissions committee.
  • A second meeting after the evaluation is complete and recommendations have been provided is encouraged but not mandated.

Other Mechanisms to Support Individual Programs

Faculty Support

For the summer of 2022, Rackham will provide funding for up to three faculty to work on revisions of their program’s admissions process; the level of funding is half of a summer ninth appointment per faculty member. Visit our Summer Funding for Rackham Programs to Support GRE Discontinuation Transition page for more information.

Data Collection and Analysis

Rackham’s Institutional Research team will continue to collect and analyze data on recruitment, admissions, and the student life-cycle as part of their research program; in this way, changes across many dimensions that correlate with GRE general test discontinuation can be identified. Rackham data can also be made available to individual doctoral programs or faculty for their own research purposes. For more information please contact Rackham Institutional Research.