January 04, 2012

UCLA Anderson Using iPads to Evaluate MBA Applications

New Matchbox application makes admissions process paperless

LOS ANGELES -- The application process for the full-time MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management has gone completely paperless. Starting this admissions season, applications are being evaluated on iPads, eliminating the need to print out any documents, such as forms, essays, recommendations or transcripts.

Using a new mobile application provided by Matchbox, a Boston-based software company, the school has streamlined the review and analysis process to focus on finding the most distinctive candidates to admit, notes Rob Weiler, UCLA Anderson assistant dean and director of admissions and financial aid.

"With an iPad stylus, the evaluator can highlight evidence and score each MBA application across several metrics including academics, focus, leadership, interpersonal skills and employability," says Craig Hubbell, UCLA Anderson associate director of MBA admissions.

"Both speed and depth of analysis are enhanced with the Matchbox solution, in a process that is healthier for applicants, admissions officers and trees, too," says Hubbell.

"Matchbox provides a new flexibility for us to read applications in any location," adds Weiler. "Whether in the office, on a plane or in an admissions committee meeting, we can instantly view files to compare and contrast the key points of the candidates under consideration."

Going paperless is especially timely given the large increase in applications that the full-time MBA program has received so far this year. Prospective MBA students have responded enthusiastically to innovations in the core curriculum and UCLA Anderson's refocused outreach, driving applications up by more than 20%.

"The ability to readily target candidates who fit with our community will have a profound effect in the classroom and beyond," adds Weiler. "We look forward to seeing the fruits of our efforts in the stellar MBA Class of 2014."

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual, UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides a distinctive approach to management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in its MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs. Combining selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 39,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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