Academic programs spend extensive resources screening for personal characteristics using methods such as interviews, essays and references, all of which lack effectiveness and standardization. This leads to poor defensibility of rejections, students ill-suited to the programs, and poor quality graduates and ultimately professionals. CASper solves this problem by screening applicants for critical qualities missed in conventional screening processes, including communication, collaboration, ethics, empathy, and resilience.
The product, CASPer, was originally developed for McMaster University's Undergraduate medicine program, where it was used to screen over 25,000 applicants for personal characteristics. Altus Assessments was created to offer CASPer worldwide to a wide array of academic programs, including allied health, education, law, and business schools. The tool has 10 years of research and six years of academic program usage data to support its efficiency, reliability and predictive validity. CASPer works by showing applicants a series of interpersonal conflict videos and asking a series of probing questions under time constraints, ensuring the answers are authentic. The applicants’ responses are then anonymized and judged against a rubric by a series of human raters, so each CASPer score is made up of impressions from a dozen independent people.