One of my recommenders is leaving the country for a year. Columbia has a specific LOR form, but the new application won't be out until my recommender is gone. Can I use the 2006-2007 forms without fear of them changing anything for the '08 admissions season? This seems like something that would remain constant.
As far as the checkboxes are concerned, what would be the cutoff for helping someone's application? If having my recommenders fill out the grid will hurt me, I'd rather just do everything through LSDAS. For instance, do most people get "top in career" so anything less is detrimental?