A conversation elsewhere reminded me that there are common questions about SIS status pages that come up at this time of year. Let me address the big three.
1. What does "initiated" mean?
Initiated is a term the SIS uses when it puts something on your "to do" list. It means the item has not been filed in our office yet. Keep in mind that we have a deluge of documents to file. Don't worry about a missing credential yet. We'll be in touch by email once everything is filed to let you know if we need something from you.
2. The mid-year report is on my "to do" list, but that's not ready yet. What do I do?
Hooray! If the mid-year report is the only thing left on your "to do" list, then you're done! That means an Early Action file is ready for review. We leave that on your list because we need mid-year grades from students who are admitted and deferred. Lots of students don't revisit their status once they are marked complete. If we added the mid-year report later, lots of people probably wouldn't see the addition.
3. Does "view decision" mean my decision is ready?
The Student Information System has a built-in feature that adds a box at the bottom of your status page when your file is deemed complete and ready for us to read.
Here's what it looks like:
If you see that box show up, it might cause a little excitement because "view decision" shows up in the box. Alas, when you click on the words, you get a little message saying decisions aren't ready yet. Because they aren't.
We release all decisions at once. We've been able to release a little early since 2011, but we won't know the release date until we're almost at it.
Back in the paper days, we knew the release date a good week in advance because the last week was used to print letters and get them into envelopes. We were basically done with the actual reading.
These days, there is no lag time between the end of the review and the release. When we're done, we can release. We don't have to wait for letters to be printed.