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08 May 2013

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Lev Gonick Joins DecisionDesk Board of Directors

On April 24th 2013, Lev Gonick was elected to the Board of Directors of DecisionDesk Inc., a software-service company that simplifies application tracking for university admissions and corporate recruitment. The board chose Gonick because of his deep experience as a thought leader in the educational technology industry and his contributions to multiple successful ed-tech companies.   A Great Board of Director Fit for DecisionDesk “As Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology at Case Western Reserve University, he […]

02 Apr 2013

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FlashStarts Teams up With DecisionDesk

FlashStarts, a for-profit Cleveland software startup accelerator, has teamed up with DecisionDesk to implement an innovative method of accepting and reviewing business plan applications. As a result of the partnership, DecisionDesk’s submission management platform has increased both the efficiency and the effectiveness of FlashStarts’ application process, allowing evaluators to provide higher quality feedback to applicants at a much greater rate than before. FlashStarts Inc. runs an accelerator for those who “want to build great companies fast.” Their program admits ten […]

21 Mar 2013

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VENTURE BEAT EXCLUSIVE: DecisionDesk Raises $1.7M in Funding to Help Colleges & Companies Pick The Best People

View the original article written by Sean Ludwig.   Ever had to collect thousands of applications and whittle them down to find the best hundred candidates? Universities and businesses do it all the time, and it’s not an easy task. New York City-based DecisionDesk wants to change that. The company takes the application and selection process into the cloud, promising to make the lives of administrators a lot less stressful. And it just raised $1.75 million in new funding to keep innovating. […]

12 Mar 2013
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DecisionDesk pays out colleges via Dwolla

This is part of a series called “Integration Highlights.” In this series, we highlight entrepreneurs and projects that use Dwolla to create new experiences, ideas and possibilities. You can find this story and others on Dwolla’s Pinterest board. Enjoy! DecisionDesk helps colleges improve the complex application review process by allowing prospective students to add photos and videos to their applications. Organizations in the creative industry – like performing arts colleges for example – rely heavily on video during the admissions process when in-person […]

28 Feb 2013

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Kent State Streamlines Auditions with DecisionDesk

Kent State University College of the Arts has recently partnered with DecisionDesk to expand the capabilities of their admissions process and further promote the high quality of students admitted to the school. DecisionDesk is a software-as-a-service company that streamlines media intensive application processes by enabling colleges to accept high volumes of video auditions and video resumes online instead of through the mail. They currently manage auditions for 17 of the top 30 performing arts programs in the country.   Digitally […]

14 Feb 2013
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ASTA President Phillips Announces NHSHO Switch to DecisionDesk

The application process for the 2014 National High School Honors Orchestra (NHSHO) will be easier this year. This past January, the ASTA Board of Directors approved the use of DecisionDesk. This software simplifies what the state chapters need to do for the applicants and allows broader access for participation. As always, there will be a national committee to review the applications. Of note,DecisionDesk was successfully implemented for the 2013 ASTA’s National Solo Competition audition materials. This method of audition benefits students too-it allows […]

09 Nov 2012

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DecisionDesk Solves Sustainability for Admissions Departments

In the last 40 years, more companies than ever have taken strides to go green and increase their sustainability and reduce their own negative impacts on the environment. John Knific, CEO of the software company DecisionDesk, plans to do more than just reduce the carbon footprint of his own business. He wants to unite with every college level performing and visual arts program in the United States to reduce their combined carbon footprint by over 8.5 million lbs. every year […]

26 Oct 2012

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DecisionDesk Saves Time, Money, Peace of Mind

We did the math! Two years and over 70 clients from the start, we finally sat down and did the math to figure out just how much time we were really saving reviewers with DecisionDesk. The answer was astounding.   Calculating what DecisionDesk does for Application Reviewers We found out that on average it takes roughly two hours to evaluate just one applicant without the help of DecisionDesk. That’s two hours of sorting through piles of papers and DVDs, distributing […]

27 Sep 2012

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Cleveland Institute of Music Pilots New Full Admissions System with DecisionDesk

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and DecisionDesk have worked closely together since DecisionDesk was founded in 2010. CIM was one of 12 higher education institutions to beta test DecisionDesk during its inaugural year. In fact, Co-Founders John Knific and Marc Plotkin are alumni of the joint program between CIM and Case Western Reserve University.   Using Software to Manage Application and Audition Materials With this pilot program, CIM and DecisionDesk are executing two larger visions. The first is to […]

02 Dec 2011

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Citizen Groove is now DecisionDesk™

Lakewood, OH — (December 2, 2011) — The best in online academic video applications is now even better! We at Citizen Groove are excited to announce our new name and the launch of our second-generation platform,“DecisionDesk”, which is currently handling the application and audition processes for over 35 University performing arts programs this year, including: The Academy at Carnegie Hall Aspen Music Festival and School Cleveland Institute of Music Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester Northwestern University […]