As an MBA aspirant - you need to apply to 5-10 colleges to ensure that you get through atleast one of [url removed, login to view] apply from colleges ranked 1 to rank 15 and will accept the offer of the best B-School.
Each college requires an online form to be filled out by atleast 2 professional recommenders- you manager or your client etc. This is a painful process for the applicant as well as the recommender as they have to fill 10 forms (depending on the number of colleges applied to). Most of the questions are the same among the colleges - just worded in different ways. In most cases the applicant himself fills up the recommendation form and asks the recommender to submit it. This is a big problem and the weakest link in an otherwise stringent application process.
Have a portal where the applicant gives the details of the recommender, the recommender fills up the form and the same form is sent to all colleges which the applicant is applying to. This saves a lot of time/effort and reduces the chances of fraud.
There are 3 parties in the entire process- the Applicant, the Recommender and the Admissions Commitee
1. Welcome Page/ Log in
1, Enter Name of 2 or 3 recommenders, their details etc
1. List of schools where you want this to be sent. You can choose as many schools as you like. There will be a search bar on top to search for the schools. Once you have selected the schools you click submit.
The recommender gets an email with a unique log-in Link. When he clicks on it he is taken to the portal.
1. Enter details/ Confirm details
1. Answer a list of questions
When the recommender submits the recommendation- an email is triggered to the Applicant saying that recommendation has been submit. The contents of the recommendation remains confidential.
The Admissions Committee
1. When they are reviewing the Applicants file, they will search in the portal for the recommendation letters. Only those applicants who chose to send their recommendation letters to that particular school will be visible to them.