Tue09Oct201811:30 amErhlicher Room(NQ 3100), 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor
[Talk] Ronald Metoyer - Making a Pecan Pie: Understanding and Supporting the Holistic Review Process in Admissions
Title: Making a Pecan Pie: Understanding and Supporting the Holistic Review Process in Admissions
Holistic reviews are a common practice employed by universities in the United States to make admissions decisions. It is an individualized review process where reviewers assess an applicant’s potential by considering various criteria including academic metrics, adversities faced, and personal attributes. While the factors considered in such reviews are broadly known, a detailed walk-through of the process is absent in existing literature. This is important to understand what is done in practice and to identify opportunities for technological interventions to support the complex and changing decision-making process. In this talk, I will present an in-depth characterization of the process at a highly-selective private university resulting from an observational and interview-based study. I will discuss its complexity, where and how cognitive biases potentially play a role, and how visual decision-support techniques can potentially be used to mitigate these biases and support the process.
Ronald Metoyer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Metoyer earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (1994) and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2002) where he worked in the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center. He previously served on the faculty at Oregon State University in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2001-2014). Prof. Metoyer’s research addresses problems in human-computer interaction and information visualization, with a focus on multivariate data visualization, decision making, and narrative. He is the recipient of a 2002 NSF CAREER Award for his work in exploring usability issues around the generation of animated character content for training scenarios. Prof. Metoyer also serves as Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering.