Engaging faculty in shifting toward holistic review: Changing graduate admissions procedures at a land-grant, hispanic-serving institution

Aileen A. Wong, Nicole L. Marrone, Leah Fabiano-Smith, Pélagie M. Beeson, Marla A. Franco, Vignesh Subbian, Guadalupe I. Lozano

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Purpose: The aim of this tutorial is to share lessons learned from a speech, language, and hearing sciences department at a land-grant, Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) after revising the graduate admissions review process and subsequent discussions related to equity in assessment. This tutorial describes the department as a case example and includes guiding questions that may be helpful for other organizations. Method: An adaptive case study approach was used and centered on supporting students at Hispanic-serving institutions. The approach was characterized by structured collaborative reflection throughout the process and engagement of relevant stakeholders at multiple levels. The adaptive method allowed for interim synthesis of stakeholder discussions to inform subsequent phases of the reflection process. Results: This tutorial shares critical motivations, barriers, facilitators, and phases that were identified in moving toward holistic evaluation for graduate admissions. Targeted areas for continued improvement related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are described. Conclusions: This tutorial outlines lessons learned from changing graduate admissions practices toward holistic review. Self-reflection prompts are provided for institutions and organizations considering changes to their review process. In order to best support diverse communities, increased workforce diversity is needed in the speech, language, and hearing sciences professions, and holistic review practices are recommended as one way to support increased diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1925-1939
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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