Training and self-help materials will be available this fall to help you use Slate, WashU’s new graduate admissions system.

Training will begin in August for the schools and programs that will start using Slate this fall. Training will be delivered to different groups throughout the academic year based on when each needs to access the system.

Slate Specialists (designated contacts from each graduate school/program’s admissions office) will receive training first on the following topics. They will then be responsible for training other impacted groups in their schools and units.

Training TopicAudience and Training SequenceTimeline
Overview of Slate Records and Administrative Admissions Processing1. Slate Specialists
2. Admissions Staff
Aug. 2022
Recruitment and Application Intake Processes1. Slate Specialists
2. Admissions Staff, Recruitment Staff, Graduate Program Coordinators/Administrators, and Directors of Graduate Studies or Admissions
Sept. 2022
Building and Running Queries1. Slate Specialists
2. Admissions Staff, Recruitment Staff, Graduate Program Coordinators, Directors of Graduate Studies or Admissions, Analysts/Directors of Reporting
Sept. 2022
Final Admission Decision Recommendation to Admissions Office1. Slate Specialists
2. Graduate Program Administrators, Directors of Graduate Studies or Admissions, Admissions Staff 
Sept – Oct. 2022
Evaluating Applications and Navigating Reader1. Slate Specialists
2. Application Readers
Nov. 2022
Publishing Decisions1. Slate Specialists
2. Admissions Staff, Financial Aid Staff
Nov. – Dec. 2022
Enrollment Response1. Slate Specialists
2. Admissions Staff
Nov. 2022
Matriculation (applicant to student)1. Slate Specialists
2. Admissions Staff
Jan. 2023
Developing a Communications Workflow1. Slate Specialists
2. Admissions Staff, Recruitment Staff
TBD

Types of Training

Four types of training and self-help materials will be available for Slate users.

eLearning

eLearnings are asynchronous, self-paced, web-based courses hosted in Learn@Work that feature system demonstrations and knowledge checks throughout the course. They may be directly assigned to users or made optional learning opportunities. Faculty users (application readers, decisions) may find value in completing these courses.  


Instructor-Led Training

Instructor-led training (ILT) is a synchronous, facilitated in-person or virtual training session that covers the most common and high impact tasks in Slate. These classes will feature brief lectures by Slate Captains & Specialists to share background information and context, followed by system demonstrations and hands-on practice for participants. Core users (Admissions Coordinators, Admins) will be required to attend ILT sessions prior to receiving system access. Faculty users will have the option to complete ILT training, but it is not required.  


Tutorials

Brief step-by-step instructions and videos designed to help users complete tasks in Slate.