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Jan 31, 2012

SALLIE MAE PARTNERS WITH CONNECTEDU TO HELP ENSURE A GENERATION’S FINANCIAL STABILITY

Together the Companies Will Enhance College Planning Tools, Help Families Jumpstart College Savings With Upromise Rewards

(NEWARK, Del.) Jan. 31, 2012 - As planning for and choosing the right college are more important than ever, Sallie Mae has partnered with ConnectEDU to help high school students successfully plan for college and a career of their choice. The companies will work together to develop innovative financial planning products and services to enable students to create a free step-by-step college and career path, and to encourage them to save for college.

ConnectEDU’s web-based service offers academic planning, college selection, and career opportunities to more than 5 million high school and college-aged students through a growing network of over 100,000 high schools, colleges and employers.

“This partnership provides an exciting opportunity to drive a paradigm shift in the way students learn critical financial concepts and how those concepts unfold at the intersection of their education, career, and financial planning,” explains ConnectEDU CEO, Craig Powell. “With Sallie Mae tools, like the Upromise college savings program, we are even better positioned to provide comprehensive, student-centric planning resources in a single destination, leading to informed student decisions and smart financial planning.”

ConnectEDU’s national platform and products help students assess and match their interests and strengths with potential schools and careers, as well as evaluate their prospective investment. Students can search for scholarships, grants and financial aid opportunities and easily complete financial aid applications. Now through this partnership, ConnectEDU will feature Sallie Mae’s Upromise rewards service to encourage students and their families to save for college.

Free to join at Upromise.com, members have earned more than $660 million in cash for college, including $64 million in 2011 alone. Money earned from everyday spending goes directly into a Upromise account and can be invested in a tax-deferred 529 plan, deposited into a Sallie Mae high-yield savings account, used to help pay down a Sallie Mae eligible student loan, or requested by check.

“College is a major lifetime investment and we encourage families to approach it with their financial resources and potential post-graduate income in mind,” said Jack Remondi, president & COO, Sallie Mae. “Sallie Mae is excited to partner with ConnectEDU to expand the ways we can help students of all income levels pursue college.”

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Sallie Mae (NASDAQ:SLM) is the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. Whether college is a long way off or just around the corner, Sallie Mae turns education dreams into reality for its 25 million customers. With products and services that include college savings programs, scholarship search tools, education loans, tuition insurance, and online banking, Sallie Mae offers solutions that help families save, plan, and pay for college. Sallie Mae also provides financial services to hundreds of college campuses as well as to federal and state governments. Learn more at SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

Jan 23, 2012

CONNECTEDU INTEGRATES EXPERIENCE TO CREATE INDUSTRY-LEADING HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE TO CAREER NETWORK

Expanded network will serve 20 million students, more than 3,000 educational institutions, and 130,000 employers

(BOSTON, MA) January 23, 2012 - ConnectEDU (the web-based leader in connecting learners to possibilities) and Experience (the largest university-endorsed career network bridging the gap between college and the working world) have merged to provide 21st-century learners the ultimate destination for college and career planning. For the first time, learners can map their education decisions to potential careers, versus blindly selecting a college major or course plan and assuming career prospects will exist upon graduation. With the integration of the Experience network, ConnectEDU’s products and services now form a database of a generation’s college and career decisions tied to actual college and career outcomes. Using predictive modeling and actionable intelligence, this information can be used to optimize investments in education plans, workforce development, and inevitably build a more stable financial future for all college graduates.

Specifically, employers can now build a talent pipeline by guiding learners’ education decisions, from middle school to college and beyond. Colleges can now better prepare students for gainful employment upon graduation by connecting career placement opportunities with course planning, internships and other employment preparation activities that will improve post-college outcomes. And government and workforce development organizations can better ensure economic sustainability by leveraging analytics and reporting across the Learner Lifecycle™. Together, institutions can now work collaboratively to connect the needs of the workforce with the educational paths being pursued.

“Education and career decisions must be integrated to truly empower a learner to be successful in the 21st-century job market,” said ConnectEDU CEO, Craig Powell. “Like many aspects of the education and workforce development initiatives in this country, the efforts to date – classifieds, job boards, etc. – are transactional in nature and don’t serve to inform a student’s decision making or prevent potentially catastrophic education and financial decisions. Gone are the days when a college education would ensure a student’s place in America’s middle class. Today, students must be positioned to succeed; they must have education plans that are informed by their career opportunities that will be available upon their graduation from college or completion of a certificate program. This requires a dynamic, real-time network and proactive planning solution; this is precisely what we have developed with Experience.com.”

“Experience’s vision has always been to help young adults learn from the experiences of others. More than simply a bank of resumes or a traditional job board, Experience helps people understand their choices and where their interests and aptitudes are in highest demand by employers,” said Experience CEO, Jennifer Floren Sozzi. “By teaming up with ConnectEDU, more learners enter into and will graduate from college prepared to apply their talents in ways that best serve the needs of employers and grow our economy.”
In combination, ConnectEDU and Experience will manage 20 million student accounts, over 3,000 high school, college and professional organization deployments, 130,000 employers, and over 1 million entry-level job opportunities – along with the actionable, data-driven intelligence derived from this extensive community.

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About Experience:
Experience is the largest university-endorsed career network bridging the gap between college and the working world. Since 1996, we have partnered with universities to educate, assist and inspire college graduates to launch and lead extraordinary careers. Each year our award-winning network connects millions of candidates from 3,800 colleges and universities with more than 130,000 employers.

About ConnectEDU:
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. ConnectEDU makes the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. The Company’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.

Nov 2, 2011

Northern Arizona College Resource Center working with ConnectEDU to help Arizonans attend college

(Arizona) November 2, 2011 - The Northern Arizona College Resource Center (NACRC) has partnered with ConnectEDU, the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. Through presentations and workshops, as well as through advising appointments that are tailored to students’ individual needs, the NACRC helps students and adults attend and succeed in college and track their progress. ConnectEDU’s tools help advisers organize notes, manage events, communicate to students, and track student success. Students can also track their own progress as they apply for college admission and financial aid.

The NACRC and ConnectEDU relationship began through an introduction by National College Access Network (NCAN). “NCAN’s partnership with ConnectEDU reinforces our commitment to providing the most comprehensive and reliable services for our members to build capacity for making data-driven decisions and to increase the number of students who have access to and success in postsecondary education,” said Kim Cook, Executive Director of the National College Access Network.

In addition to NACRC, ConnectEDU works with other NCAN partners including Partnership for the Future in Virginia, Simmons Memorial Foundation in North Carolina, Associated College of Illinois, San Francisco Education Fund, and the SEED Foundation.

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About NACRC:
The NACRC offers one-on-one advising, workshops and school and community presentations on all aspects of the college going process to the community. They provide information to prospective students on how to find best fit schools, complete applications, write essays, prepare for standardized tests and finance their education. All of their services are free to high school students and adults throughout Northern Arizona.

About NCAN:
NCAN's mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams.

About ConnectEDU:
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. ConnectEDU makes the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. The Company’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.

Oct 27, 2011

ConnectEDU Raises $10 Million in New Equity Round

(Boston, MA) Ocobter 27, 2011 - ConnectEDU, Inc., the leader in web-based college and career access solutions, today announced it has completed a $10 million equity offering led by Allen & Co. with the continued support of the company's initial group of investors from the education, private equity and Internet industries. The new round of funding will fuel the company’s continued expansion and acquisition strategy.

"This round signifies our shareholders’ interest in continuing to aggressively pursue ConnectEDU's mission to service students, and those who serve them, throughout their education, career and financial planning process," said Craig Powell, ConnectEDU Chief Executive Officer. "This funding will accelerate the continuation of ConnectEDU’s successful acquisition strategy, which has included our Enrollment Marketing and Retention Management business and CoursEval, the leader in web-based student and teacher assessment.”

In the last year, ConnectEDU has opened offices in Hoboken, NJ and Austin, TX in support of its growth and national expansion. The company was recently selected by San Francisco Unified School District to implement Connect!, and it was featured in Washington Monthly Magazine for its work with Miami-Dade School District, the fourth largest school district in the United States, and Yale University.

Oct 5, 2011

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY LAUNCHES DYNAMIC COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANNING PORTAL

YourPlanForCollege empowers all Massachusetts students to take charge of future

(Malden, MA) October 5, 2011 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced the launch of YourPlanForCollege.org, the Commonwealth’s no-cost, one-stop, college and career planning portal now available for all students in Massachusetts. YourPlanForCollege is a free, online portal that centralizes key resources and information to support families, parents and mentors as students prepare for college and future careers.

“YourPlanForCollege is an integral part of our Administration’s commitment to providing every child with access to higher education and a brighter future,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “YourPlanForCollege has served as a critical resource within some high schools, and as the program expands to all high schools in the state, it will serve as a comprehensive tool to help prepare our students for the 21st century workforce.”

Today’s announcement celebrates the availability of YourPlanForCollege to all Massachusetts residents. Prior to this launch, students and families only had access to these tools in local participating high schools. By leveraging technologies and online user-experiences, YourPlanForCollege centralizes all the key data points of a student’s educational career, including course history, grades, extracurricular activities, test scores, and graduation requirements, while also providing students with deadlines on key milestones for the college application, financing and enrollment process. YourPlanForCollege also provides students with robust, interactive tools and information to help make informed decisions on higher education and career choices that are continually evolving within the state’s diverse innovation economy.

“YourPlanForCollege positions Massachusetts as a national leader in college and career planning,” said Secretary of Education Paul Reville. “In addition to the profound impact the portal will have for students and educators, it will also provide us with valuable student data that will help us make informed decisions on education policy and investments.”

The portal was made possible by the leadership of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) and Massachusetts’ federal College Access Challenge Grant award in 2008.

“We at MEFA were pleased to move this forward on behalf of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and to collaborate with the Secretary’s office on this important initiative," said Thomas Graf, Executive Director of MEFA. "The mission of YourPlanforCollege aligns perfectly with the MEFA mission of supporting families across the Commonwealth - for more than 30 years - as they to find their pathway to college.”

YourPlanForCollege was the first, state-sponsored portal in the nation to integrate directly with multiple information systems and power real-time access to critical information for students, families and educators alike. The portal serves as a tremendous resource for schools across the Commonwealth and is leveraged extensively by guidance staff for completion of time-dependent college and career planning tasks with their students.

About YourPlanForCollege

YourPlanForCollege is an initiative of MEFA, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Created in 2010 with funding from federal College Access Challenge Grants, YourPlanForCollege is managed by MEFA and powered by ConnectEDU technologies. For more information, please contact Martha Savery MEFA, (617) 224-4813.

Sep 19, 2011

Arizona State University Selects ConnectEDU’s CoursEval as Online Tool for Course and Faculty Evaluations

Web-Based Software to Replace Paper Approach with Easier, Smarter, and Less Expensive Process

(Boston, MA) September 19, 2011 – Arizona State University (ASU) and ConnectEDU today announced their partnership to help faculty, chairs and deans gather information on students’ perceptions and opinions about their courses in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. ASU will be utilizing ConnectEDU’s CoursEval™ software to evaluate courses across the University’s four physical campuses and one virtual campus, which in total serve over 70,000 students.

CoursEval is designed to make the required task of course evaluation easier, smarter, and less expensive for administrators and instructors. CoursEval will allow ASU administrators to evaluate courses and faculty online, replacing the paper process/bubble sheet approach.

“In today’s education landscape, with more secondary learning options available than ever before, it is vital for institutions to keep their finger on the pulse of their students and understand what is and what is not working in the classroom,” said Craig Powell, CEO and founder of ConnectEDU. “CoursEval is the industry’s leading tool for evaluating courses and we are confident that Arizona State University will reap tremendous benefits and insights from the platform.”

“With thousands of instructors and tens of thousands of students, it had become difficult to provide course evaluation support to our faculty that was fast, flexible, and affordable,” said Wanda Baker, Associate Director for Assessment and Information Technology with the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness at Arizona State University. “The implementation of CoursEval will speed up our evaluation process and give our academic departments considerable flexibility in the design and administration of their evaluations, while saving the University money. CourseEval’s customized reporting features will support our efforts to monitor students’ perceptions of their courses and the instruction they are receiving, at considerable savings in cost and time. This is an important technology implementation for ASU in our continuing efforts to provide instruction of the highest quality.”

ASU’s implementation of CoursEval will begin during the Fall 2011 semester. ConnectEDU will be providing ASU officials with a high level of customer support and training as ASU takes advantage of the software’s high degree of customization to determine the information that will have the greatest impact on administrators, professors and students.

The software permits ASU faculty to collect longitudinal information about students’ perceptions of their courses and instruction. Some academic units also use it to conduct formative evaluations to promote mid-course adjustments.

About ConnectEDU:
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. ConnectEDU makes the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. The Company’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.