UnCollege, the social movement started by Dale J. Stephens, which aims to change the popular notion that attending college is the only way to become successful, is now using DecisionDesk to screen applicants for its UnCollege Gap Year program. DecisionDesk, a service company that helps organizations evaluate multimedia-rich submissions, will now help facilitate the application process for the Gap Year program by enabling UnCollege to easily accept and review digital videos, applications, and recommendation letters submitted by applicants through an online portal.
The UnCollege Gap Year is designed to give people the tools to succeed in a world where having a college degree alone is no longer the competitive advantage it used to be. The program engages ten people, ages 18 to 28, in a year-long process of self-directed learning. Participants spend three months in San Francisco learning how to create individual learning plans, three months living abroad, three months pursuing a creative project, and three-months completing internships. The idea is that the experiences and knowledge gained through the program will leave participants better equipped to succeed than if they had attended a traditional four-year college.
Though not a traditional scholastic course, there are a few requirements that prospective applicants must meet in order to obtain admittance into the Gap-Year program. They must possess extraordinary intelligence, unstoppable motivation, and an unflappable integrity. Given the limited slots offered, and the challenging nature of the program, only those who possess these qualities are considered for acceptance. Therefore, it is crucial that UnCollege reviewers be able to quickly, easily, and above all, accurately evaluate hundreds of applications to determine which applicants are truly best suited for the Gap Year program. By having candidates apply through DecisionDesk, reviewers can collaboratively evaluate all applicant submissions in one convenient location, rather than spend endless hours sorting through giant piles of DVDs and paper mailed in from all over the world. They can even keep track of their progress from individual dashboards, ensuring that everyone stays on schedule and nothing falls through the cracks.
The CEO of DecisionDesk, John Knific expressed his company’s excitement at being involved in such a unique program. “It just goes to show that there are many different paths to success,” said Knific. “The UnCollege movement is teaching people how to adapt to a changing world that rewards practical experience far more than it does theoretical knowledge. We are thrilled for the opportunity to help UnCollege locate the best and the brightest talent to take part in their amazing Gap Year program, and look forward to seeing all the amazing things that come as a result of it.”
About UnCollege and The Gap Year Program
UnCollege is a social movement started in 2010 by Dale J. Stephens, which aims to change the popular notion that attending college is the only way to become successful. The UnCollege website provides numerous resources for those who wish to define their educational paths such as forums, workshops and mentors.
DecisionDesk™ is a service company based in Lakewood, Ohio and Brooklyn, NY that utilizes cloud-based software to provide clients with the ability to process high volumes of applications with video by automating their application submission and review processes. John Knific, Eric Neuman and Marc Plotkin founded DecisionDesk™ in 2010. They represent over 200 organizations across the world and have processed over 58,000 applications to date.
To learn more about UnCollege and the UnCollege Gap Year Program, visit www.uncollege.org.
To learn more about DecisionDesk™, call (888) 761-8117 or visit www.DecisionDesk.com.
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