In an attempt to improve the efficiency and minimize the paper trail, Penn's Admissions office is implementing a new electronic records system this fall. The digital media imaging system is called
"Oasis" and will revolutionize the way applications are handled.
Admissions officers have been training for the past several months on how to use the system in preparation for the application surge. Paper documents will be scanned into the system and entered into a student's file.
Officers can even write comments regarding documents, which are also saved to the file.
The system's implementation can be credited to new undergrad dean, Eric Furda,
who previously assisted Columbia University switch to an
electronic application process. Stanford has also made
the switch to a similar system.
The change at Penn signifies a trend for
admissions committees. Senior consultant Jim Fowler
commented in the
Daily Pennsylvanian that, "Penn is well ahead of
the curve. There has been a push toward paperless
offices over the past 10 years."