Education is constantly shifting to best meet the needs of students and their future paths. One of the recent shifts that a significant number of high schools across the US are making is a movement towards competency-based assessment and grading systems. Within a competency-based education system, “learners advance through content or earn credit based on demonstration of proficiency of competencies” (source: Iowa Department of Education CBE Pathways). Depending on the institution, this may drastically change the grading system and transcript information from what many Admission Offices are accustomed to, thus impacting a significant amount of processes across the admissions and financial aid review process.

In an effort to understand the impact of this shift and to offer support to Admission offices seeking to improve their review process to honor this newer system, Admissions Live host Nicole Lentine will interview Michael Stefanowicz, the newly appointed Director of Admission at Saint Michael’s College. 


Episode Host

Nicole Lentine

Nicole Lentine

Nicole Lentine is associate director of admission at Champlain College. Along with recruitment goals and activities, she works with a team of student ambassadors to ensure that the enrollment center’s web and social media outreach helps the right students find their match at Champlain. Nicole has over six years of experience in the industry, and thrives on networking and learning from others to constantly improve and find new ways to connect with students. She speaks about college admissions and digital communication strategies at regional conferences including NEACAC, HigherEdWeb New England, and UBTech.


Michael Stefanowicz

Michael Stefanowicz is the incoming Director of Admission at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.  He has worked in the Admission field for seven years and currently serves as the President of the Consortium of Vermont Colleges.  Holding an M.Ed. in School Leadership, Mike has worked closely with high schools around New England on Standards Based Learning and the intersections between high school pedagogy and the college application process.  Mike lives in Jericho, VT with his wife, Nicole, and rescue dog, Ayla.