Tom Downey
Liaison Introduces GradCAS™



Nonprofit dedicated to promoting access, equity and integrity in the college admission process to serve on advisory board and collaborate with Liaison on the first Centralized Application Service (CAS™) for graduate programs

WATERTOWN, Mass(April 11, 2018) – Liaison International today announced that The Common Application has endorsed GradCAS™, Liaison’s recently launched Centralized Application Service (CAS™) for graduate programs. By endorsing GradCAS, The Common Application, a nonprofit focused on promoting access, equity and integrity in the college admissions process, has agreed to serve on Liaison’s product advisory board for GradCAS, and provide referrals to Common App Member Institutions in need of a non-discipline specific graduate application solution in a global community of graduate programs.

The Common Application and Liaison have previously partnered to leverage their respective expertise in undergraduate and graduate admissions to deliver a solution that serves the unique needs of today’s transfer students and adult learners. Common App for transfer, a new transfer application co-developed by the two organizations, presents features and functionality that offer a welcoming solution for applicants that is thoughtful to their life story.

“We are dedicated to helping all students access higher education opportunities regardless of age, race, gender, geography, nationality, financial means or academic journey,” said Jenny Rickard, CEO of The Common Application. “Through our ongoing work with Liaison and by serving as a member of the advisory board for GradCAS, we are helping to service the needs of Common App member institutions that also desire a graduate application solution.”

Rickard will serve on the GradCAS advisory board.

Like Common App for transfer, GradCAS leverages the same proven software and services to streamline graduate admissions. It features an intuitive student-facing application and application management software, plus scanning and packaging services and applicant phone and email support, that eliminates work on campus and speeds decisions.

“NSU has been a successful and long-time user of Liaison’s Centralized Application Services. These services have streamlined admissions for our nursing, athletic training, physician assistant and professional degree programs,” shared Dr. Ralph Rodgers, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. “We have a similar relationship with the Common Application for our undergrad programs, so naturally, we’re excited to extend similar benefits and efficiencies to our graduate programs by introducing GradCAS.”

”The Common Application has successfully built an impressive community of more than 800 member colleges and universities. By endorsing GradCAS and serving as an advisory board member, they’re leveraging their expertise and influence to support the needs of graduate admissions,” shared George Haddad, CEO and founder of Liaison. “We’re excited to work with Common App to support an even greater number of students.”

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