Configuring a period and round structure is the first step to collect application data in Slate, whether a Slate-hosted application or importing application.
- Cycle of time - Periods are commonly referred to as the application "cycle," help keep the application rounds organized and define a span of time during which an application may be created.
- Can't have one without the other - Periods and rounds work in conjunction with one another; however, rounds must be associated with a period, so a period must be configured first.
- Academic cycle or application cycle - The application period is most likely the same as the year of the academic cycle to which students are applying. Every period must be associated with a year.
A period may reflect the application cycle if applications are accepted, and decisions are released on a rolling basis, have a mix of rolling and traditional hard deadlines, or accept applications via the Common Application.
- Annual maintenance - Periods and Rounds should be inactivated (or retired) on an annual basis. Doing this provides structure to strategically review the application process over time and implement necessary updates. It also makes it easier to accomplish other business processes in Slate, such as rule-building and reporting.
To start, create a Period. As a best practice, keep it simple: have one active application period per application cycle/year. Applicants will only be able to access and create applications for this 'active' period.
Configure a Period