Measuring Momentum: How EngineeringCAS™ Maintained Impressive Growth in 2020

RJ Nichol
Mar 3, 2021

Liaison’s Centralized Application Service (CAS™) for graduate engineering programs boosts resources, applicants, partners and success.

Despite all the turmoil in the world of higher ed, EngineeringCAS™ recorded another strong year in 2020 — and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Our infographic illustrates how programs like yours benefited from the community’s recent growth:

  • Total EngineeringCAS applicant submissions grew by 32% from the 2018-2019 cycle to the 2019-2020 cycle.
  • The number of institutions participating in EngineeringCAS increased by 66% (to 30).
  • EngineeringCAS institutions maintained their historical ratio of domestic vs. international applications: 23% domestic, 77% international.
  • EngineeringCAS experienced no disruptions during 2020, despite the extraordinary challenges the year presented.

The Power of Community

The EngineeringCAS Community also benefitted greatly from the knowledge and insights of our members. In the past year, we hosted several live and on-demand webinars that helped our programs navigate the pandemic and prepare for a bright future in engineering education. Some of the most popular sessions included:


In addition, Liaison’s acquisition of TargetX in October simultaneously broadened the reach of EngineeringCAS and consolidated some of higher ed’s most popular tools under one platform — at a time when other companies were closing because of the pandemic.

And last but certainly not least, this year we worked with several affinity groups and institutions to launch the EngineeringCAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Board. The board’s mission is to achieve greater representation of all underrepresented students in the graduate engineering population and to offer suggestions for implementing and evaluating effective strategies for doing so. We will present ideas and findings from this board throughout the year at conferences like the ASEE Annual Conference. You can learn more about the DEI Advisory Board in this article.

If your institution is not yet a member of the EngineeringCAS Community, now is the time to join forces with the growing number of schools — and applicants — focused on achieving their most important goals in 2021. Schedule a meeting with Executive Director Ron Hyman to learn more!

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.