The Scoop: August 2020

August 2020


As an active user and member of the community, you will receive the quarterly Scoop. Miss the last newsletter? Head on over to the forum where we will post each edition online.


Enhanced Decision Tracking
Colleges and universities that use Slate can opt in to share applicant decisions with counselors in Additionally, students can view their decision letters in their application status portal. When a student views their decision online, the decision is marked as received. Based on your feedback, we have added a lock icon to applicant decisions to indicate that the student may not have viewed their decision.

Counselor Community Forum
Being on the same page has never been more important. We have opened a forum to encourage counselors and admissions professionals in the Slate community to connect, engage in conversation, and share best practices. Join an existing conversation or start a new one by logging into your account and going to Help > Forum in the top navigation toolbar. 

Forthcoming: Virtual Visits
We have been actively collecting feedback and speaking with counselors in order to bring you some exciting new virtual visits functionality.  There's no doubt that the college visit landscape will be drastically different this Fall, so we're working on ways to help you with your process in a primarily online setting.  Stay tuned for more information!

Have ideas for enhancements to Don't forget to click on the Feedback icon in the navigation toolbar!



We will be kicking off an Apply to Alumni: Managing the Lifecycle in Slate webinar series with the first session highlighting Where the Conversation Begins
Tuesday, August 25th at 2:00 PM ET ( Register )
Join us for a special online panel featuring members of our community who have used Slate and to foster stronger communication and outreach during the college admission process. Learn more about the challenges, successes, and changes that schools have experienced over the past few months, along with some recommendations and best practices for moving forward with a shared goal of impacting college access.

Panelists include: Bryan Jue from the University of California Irvine, Sara Urquidez from the Academic Success Program, and Philip Weisgold from Bullis School.



  • 2020 NACAC Virtual Conference, September 22-24We're excited to be a part of this year's virtual conference. is pleased to be a gold-level sponsor of this event as well as a contributor to the 2020 Imagine Fund. Make sure to click on over to our booth and say hi. We'll be talking all things Slate and!


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🎵 Rhythm Nation
Things might be looking a little different as you prepare for a new school year, so let's take a look back at one of our favorite decades. From grunge to hip-hop, this 90s favorite hits playlist has something for everyone to enjoy.



Kora Shin
Associate Director of College Counseling
Head-Royce School | Oakland, CA

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What has been one of the most rewarding moments in your career?
The little moments add up to a rewarding career. There's nothing like witnessing an "aha!" moment during an essay brainstorm when you see the twinkle in a student's eye as they realize their own power and strength.

What advice would you give colleagues during these challenging times?
"One can only dance when the jangu drum beat drops." My interpretation of this Korean proverb is that we achieve nothing on our own. To best help our students, we must help each other.

Name a movie or TV show you can watch over, and over, and over again.
Steven Universe. It is a brilliantly and beautifully executed animated series about radical love, unapologetic kindness, the humanity of grief, and the power of healing. 


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