Liaison User Conference Session Spotlight: ECU’s Co-Director of Admissions and Clinical Assistant Professor to Discuss Multiple Mini Interviews

RJ Nichol
Jun 6, 2019

Liaison’s Leah Bianchi recently caught up with Clyde R. “Rick” Edwards, MHS, PA-C, co-director of admissions and clinical assistant professor at East Carolina University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Rick, who will be a presenter at the Liaison User Conference later this week, talks about his upcoming visit to Boston for the event.

Leah Bianchi (LB), Liaison: How long have you been with East Carolina University (ECU)? What did you do before this role?

Rick Edwards (RE), East Carolina University: I have worked at ECU as an assistant professor in their physician assistant (PA) program since 2014. Prior to that, I was a clinically practicing PA for over 15 years.

LB: How long have you worked with Liaison’s products and services? What has your experience with Liaison been?

RE: I have served as the program director of admissions for just over two years. During that time, we have extensively used Liason’s CASPA™ (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants™) to collect and verify applicant information. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it would be to process the information without that service.

LB: What are you looking forward to at the Liaison User Conference?

RE: I look forward to having the opportunity to learn tips and pearls from other individuals who are involved in some way in the admissions process.

LB: You submitted a session via our Call for Speakers, and we were quite excited to accept it! Can you give readers an overview of what inspired your proposal?

RE: We learned of an interview modality called Multiple Mini Interviews and decided to implement it. After a few tweaks to the program, we have noted a drop in unprofessional student behaviors and the need for remediation. We feel that we can get a better look at an applicant using that modality.

LB: Who do you believe would get the most out of attending your session (e.g., current CAS users, people considering CAS, etc.)?

RE: Admissions personnel.

LB: Anything non-conference related that you’re looking forward to while you’re visiting Boston?

RE: Real clam chowder!

Download the Liaison User Conference app to add Rick’s session, Using Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) in the Admissions Process, to your agenda. 

RJ Nichol

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Over the last three decades, Liaison has helped over 40,000 programs on more than 1,200 campuses more effectively manage admissions through its Centralized Application Service (CAS™) technology and complementary application processing and support services. The higher education technology leader supports its partner institutions’ total enrollment goals by pairing CAS with its Enrollment Marketing (EM) platform as well as the recently acquired TargetX (CRM) and advanced analytics software Othot.