New methodology unveiled to eliminate admissions bias

Using Competencies, schools review successful students in their cohort and identify which traits are most important and valued for their program. By selecting the competencies most important to the program and then crafting questions around them, Kira Academic says admissions teams can better predict the fit and future success of applicants.

Once competencies are determined and questions are selected, admissions teams assess applicants using the new Rubrics rating system, which ensures they are assessed in a fair and objective manner. Each question is related to a specific competency, like leadership or verbal communication, and each receives an individual three-point scale rating.

After evaluating an application, the scores add up to create a Competency Fit Score. Rubric allows all reviewing to be objective based on the predetermined competencies and cohort vision for the program, and it helps to remove bias from the selection process.

“The Kira Methodology is innovative and personalized. The team does an excellent job helping us identify the core competencies for our program, which allows us to assess applicants more efficiently,” said Danielle Curtis Dailey, director of Enrollment Management at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. “With the process we feel confident that each student we select is the right fit for our program and has been admitted without any biases.”

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