Urban Universities for HEALTH released a report as part of a national study on
university admissions practices in the health professions. Among its findings: Dental
schools led the health professions, with 93% self-reporting that they used
holistic review to evaluate candidates for admission. This finding was
heartening news that affirmed ADEA’s investment (supported by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation) in training admissions committees to look beyond
quantitative measures when considering which students to admit to their
despite this progress, many schools still struggle to achieve appropriate
levels of racial, ethnic and other diversity in their student body in support
of their institutional mission. As April’s observance of National Minority
Health Month reminded us—if we needed reminding—this situation is a serious problem.
Increasing the proportion of underrepresented demographic groups in the health
professions is seen as a key strategy for reducing health disparities, and progress
won’t happen unless our schools start admitting and enrolling more students
from these groups.
issue of the Ledger, we learn about
how three dental schools are implementing holistic review and about the impact
this practice is having on the diversity of their student bodies.
In our Guest
Perspective, Drs. Venita Sposetti and Pamela Sandow—both at the
University of Florida College of Dentistry—describe the events that awakened
them to the value of holistic review. Then in two Campus Spotlights, we visit
the Herman Ostrow
School of Dentistry of USC, which manages to review 3,000
applications every year for 140 spots in its first-year class, and the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, which has been
especially successful at recruiting and enrolling African-American students.
issue of the Ledger also contains:
resources on holistic review that you can access to alter or enhance your admissions
to scholarly research on our featured topic.
may have heard, ADEA is once again accepting requests for the holistic review admissions
workshops it pioneered more than a decade ago to help dental schools achieve
greater student body diversity. These half-day training sessions are offered on
site and are intended to provide technical assistance to the entire admissions
committee and other key leaders at your institution. You can learn more about
the workshops on our website.
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Palatta, D.D.S., Ed.D., ADEA Chief Learning Officer
2016 ADEA CCI Liaisons
June 7–9, 2016
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
of Florida College of Dentistry
Transforming Admissions: A Practical Guide to
Fostering Student Diversity in Dental Schools
Incorporating Holistic Review in
Admissions Practices: Resources
Universities for HEALTH.
Holistic admissions in the health professions: findings from a national survey, September 2014.
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in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
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Open Courseware Resources
Presentations From Past ADEA CCI Liaisons
Summer Meetings (2010–15)
ADEA CCI White Papers in the Journal
of Dental Education
Educational Sessions From Past ADEA Annual