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Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Bridge

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is employing a wide range of WordPress capabilities to revolutionize the admissions process. The new online community, Bridge, is designed to provide prospective students, parents and counselors with a place to deepen engagement throughout the admissions process. Bridge provides a platform for students and parents to better understand what MSOE has to offer, access shared resources, converse with currently enrolled students and manage their own candidacy. Launched on October 1, 2011, Bridge has already amassed over 3,100 members and is adding 150 new members per week. Beyond student engagement, the community also provides a launch pad to the admission process. Candidates can plug into a powerful application platform directly integrated with MSOE’s admissions system. An online dashboard provides an advanced application monitor that helps to manage the task-based admissions process, review accomplishments and learn what steps are needed to gain acceptance to their program. Participants even earn badges along the way as milestones are reached.

Source: admissions.msoe.edu/community

Why it’s in the Showcase: By utilizing WordPress to create Bridge, MSOE combined and integrated a multi-step, multi-system process to create a streamlined admission experience for all parties. The site’s custom admission application form and progress tracker help simplify the admissions process like never before. MSOE saves time from increased functionality and more straight-line processes, while prospective students get the support of existing students, faculty and parents all in one easy-to-access online community. It provides a place for open Q&A, integrated self-service and convenient functionality, such as allowing sign-on through Facebook. MSOE is one of the first universities to harness this new level of social engagement, pushing standards in the world of admissions as colleges and universities compete for precious student enrollment. And it’s all enabled by WordPress and BuddyPress.

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