Altus Assessments launches the online Altus Academy to help the university admissions community connect, learn, and grow

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TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, Altus Assessments has decided to launch Altus Academy – an online resource centre and gathering spot where the university admissions community can connect, learn, and grow.

“Virtually overnight, these institutions, who work hard to educate tomorrow’s professionals and leaders, have had to overhaul many of their key processes,” says Rich Emrich, CEO of Altus Assessments. “Our goal is to offer resources and a community gathering place to help them through it so they can bring in the best students to their programs.”

Altus Academy will serve as a go-to resource for admissions professionals to find best practices and other practical resources, original and third-party research, and a community to network with other schools. The Academy will also host masterclasses to support both personal and professional development, with the option to earn certification in any of the following streams: foundations in admissions, diversity and inclusion, marketing for student recruitment, transparency in selection, and productivity in a pandemic.

The Academy is the latest in a string of new offerings from the company. Just last year the company introduced the annual $100,000 Alo Grant to accelerate new research in admissions, and hosted the Admissions Summit for the global admissions community to network and share best practices. All of these initiatives, in combination with delivering the Casper test, allows Altus to continue to grow and fulfil its vision of creating exceptional professionals.

“For us, this is all about giving back to the community in these times of change and adapting together,” says Tony Vlismas, director of marketing at Altus Assessments. “As part of our rebrand this year, we want the admissions community to know that we’re more than Casper; we’re building more evidence-based products to further support their screening processes, funding


What we can learn from 36 years of prescribed burns at this Tahoe state park

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I’m standing in a stretch of woods. The trunks of towering trees are charred black and some of the lowest hanging pine needles are singed a burnt orange. Light streams through an open canopy. A sapling of cedar hardly bigger than the palm of my hand has just started to poke its head above a thin layer of pine needles.

This stretch of forest has obviously seen fire recently, but instead of destruction, I see growth and regeneration. The forest just feels healthier, spacious.

“What I see here is a really successful prescribed burn,” says Courtney Rowe, a senior environmental scientist with the California State Parks Sierra District. We are walking through the Edwin L. Z’berg Natural Reserve at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Tahoe’s West Shore with forester Rich Adams and burn boss David Murray. Adams directs the prescribed burn program here, while Murray manages the fire crew.

“I look at this and I get excited because I see us moving back to a system where fire is integrated,” Rowe says. She’s exuberant and speaks quickly, showering me with her knowledge about forest health and fire.

Since 1984, Sugar Pine Point State Park has consistently lit prescribed burns to restore the health of its forest. The park is one of the few places in Tahoe where you can see a landscape that’s seen fire twice or even three times.

As California reckons with a massive backlog of prescribed burns statewide (ProPublica reported recently that the state needs to burn 20 million acres), Sugar Pine Point State Park is an example of what a forest looks like — and how it serves as a robust and functioning ecosystem — when fire is reintroduced.

The sign of Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park on Sept. 24, 2020.

The sign of Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park on Sept. 24, 2020.