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September 16, 2008

Penn Undergrad Admissions Committee Gearing For Green

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."



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