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Monday, October 20, 2014

WCC Makes It Easier To Apply

WCC has rolled out a new admissions application that makes it easier than ever before to apply to the College.

“Our old application was somewhat complex and confusing,” said Sukanya Jett, director of Admissions. “Many students found it frustrating.

“By contrast, the new application is sleek and easy to use. The questions are clear, and you can zip through the application very quickly.”

Web Services created the online application, which went live on WCC’s website in early February. Christopher Billick, director of Web Services, said students were involved throughout the process of creating the form.

“Student input was critical to the success of this project,” Billick said. “Students gave us many important insights and suggestions that we used in creating the application.”

The student input started with Cheryl Byrne’s Business Communication class. As a class assignment, the students surveyed other students regarding their opinions about the existing application, looked at applications at other colleges, and developed suggestions for improving WCC’s application. The students presented their findings to Web Services in a series of reports.

The next student input came during a card sorting exercise. Web Services gave random students a set of index cards, with each card containing a question from the application. The students were asked to put the cards in the order they believed was logical.

Finally, Web Services conducted user testing with volunteer and random students after the new application was completed. Students filled out the application while software recorded all of the movements on their computer screens. The students then were asked a series of questions about their reactions to the application.

“Students were overwhelmingly positive about the new application,” Billick said. “They really, really liked how it worked. And they also were very helpful in identifying small issues that we were able to resolve with a few tweaks.”

Here are a few student comments about the application from the user testing:

  • “It’s really easy to use for someone who doesn’t know much about computers.”
  • “It didn’t feel long…. It felt clean, was easy on the eyes, and was clear.”
  • “The application had a user-friendly layout and was very short.”

Staff members in WCC’s Admissions Office also tested the application before it went live.

“When we designed our new application, we used feedback from students and staff to make improvements,” said Linda Blakey, associate vice president of Student Services. “The results are fantastic!”

Apply for Free at WCC

There’s no charge to apply for admission to WCC. You’re eligible to apply if you would benefit from the College’s classes and:

  • You’re at least 18 years old, or
  • You’re under 18 but have a high school diploma or GED certificate, or
  • You’re still in high school and are at least 15 and in the 10th grade

If you took WCC credit classes previously but it was more than two years ago, you must submit a new application for admission.

To get the best selection of classes, you should submit your application several weeks before registration begins. This will give you time to complete the admission requirements before registration starts.

For Spring/Summer Semester, which starts May 7, registration begins on:

  • March 14 for current and readmitted students
  • March 21 for new students

It’s also not too early to start planning for Fall Semester, which starts Aug. 24. Fall registration is tentatively scheduled to begin:

  • July 11 for current and readmitted students
  • July 18 for new students

If you have any questions about applying at WCC, you can call the Student Connection at 734-973-3543 or send an email to studrec@wccnet.edu. The office is normally open Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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