Well I actually received an email notification which apologized for the informal method of notification and asking for my verbal/email commitment by February 1st. The email also said I would receive the written acceptance letter within 1-2 weeks.
When I last spoke with Mary Paquette, she said they would be completing the acceptance letter process in "waves", I'm guessing this is the first wave, they then send out a second wave, and then a third depending on commitments from students and also if they receive approval for the additional 10 or so spots they've asked of University admissions. So don't lose hope yet if you haven't received anything! :)
Currently I teach A&P, Micro, ethics and advanced respiratory care courses online for San Joaquin Valley College. I have my MBA and have also been a registered respiratory therapist since the early nineties. I think the fact that I have clinical experience and already have a Masters degree likely helped immensely in receiving acceptance for the program.
Mary told me that they organize and review in the following way:
1st any applications not complete are not considered
2nd, all students are put into a spreadsheet based on their GPA & they use that order to begin review (she noted that with the competitive nature of the program and high applicant pool, most admitted to the program tend to have a GPA of 3.5 or above, but there are exceptions based on letters of recco, goal statements, etc.)
3rd they review the goal statements, resume's, and letters of recommendation.
She said that GPA is not the sole determinant and often folks with a lower GPA (but still above 3.0 of course) but better overall "package" can be accepted over those with higher GPA's, but that it is the initial starting point for reviewing.
She also indicated that the Goal Statements are one of the factors that she reviews closely to get a subjective "feel" for the person, and to also review their attention to detail through the formatting, grammar & spelling, etc.
The letters of recommendation seem to be like the icing on the cake & function to either support or oppose their view of the candidate to that point.
However, don't take this as written in stone - it is strictly my interpretation on the method they use based on my questions to her on the process. (I'm the type that tries to find out as much as I can so I can obsessively analyze my odds while awaiting information...)