WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Liaison International, the leader in admissions management solutions, today announced that the American Psychological Association (APA), has partnered with Liaison to launch PSYCAS, a centralized application service for candidates in graduate psychology programs available in January 2015.
PSYCAS will deliver an exceptional applicant experience by allowing students to research and apply to multiple schools and psychology programs using a single electronic portfolio that stores common application criteria. This streamlined process will eliminate duplication of effort for students, including data entry, ordering of transcripts, and requesting references and provides an easy, intuitive interface that helps students navigate and simplify the application process.
PSYCAS will offer psychology departments the ability to maintain their unique application requirements and workflow and provide unparalleled reporting capabilities and real-time metrics that help facilitate better admissions decisions and dramatically improve the effectiveness of their application and enrollment process. Departments can analyze their applicant pool by demographic, manage their pipeline, forecast, and benchmark from cycle to cycle or compare an individual program to specified or national cohorts. Integrated administrative services reduce the costly burdens of administrative work and create a paperless process that offloads redundant tasks like opening mail, verifying prerequisites, calculating GPAs, and authenticating transcripts. These unique services will allow admissions staff to focus on strategic enrollment initiatives and higher-level interactions with applicants.
“Departments that participate in PSYCAS can maintain their unique application criteria and review process, while students will only have to enter common data, like test scores and courses, once. It provides a great benefit to both applicants and to programs,” said Garth A. Fowler, PhD, Associate Executive Director, Graduate & Post Graduate Education and Training, American Psychological Association.
“The American Psychological Association’s collaboration with Liaison on PSYCAS will deliver significant value to both the psychology departments and applicants of psychology programs nationwide,” said Michael Behringer, Liaison’s CEO and President. “We are proud of our partnership and look forward to supporting APA as it works to deliver a best-in-class experience for graduate enrollment.”
Liaison’s Centralized Application Service (CAS™) is used by nearly 30 educational associations and powers the application process of over 4,500 schools and programs nationwide. Liaison is a trusted partner to admissions officers and enrollment professionals at some of the largest and most innovative universities in the country, with more than one million applications processed annually.
The APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. The association’s membership includes nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. According to the most recent APA data, there were approximately 30,000 master’s and 80,000 doctoral applications for graduate study in 2014.
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Liaison International provides leading admissions management solutions to higher education. For more than 20 years, the firm has maintained strong relationships with educational associations and academic programs, and powers over 4,500 of the most admired admissions offices with its Centralized Application Service (CAS™), provided to universities through professional associations, and its UniCAS™ product, provided directly to universities. Its comprehensive software, integrated services, and data analytics platform is proven to remove administrative burdens, facilitate more powerful analysis of a program’s applicant pool, and enable admissions staff to focus on the core responsibilities of recruitment and enrollment, to ultimately admit the best-fit applicants to their programs.