Feb 21, 2007

ConnectEdu Integrates Missouri

School Information Systems, Inc and Software Technology, Inc. build data integration systems with Connect!

Boston, MA - February 21, 2007 - A new data integration relationship between ConnectEdu, Inc. and Missouri’s two leading high school student information systems has created a seamless data delivery system for educational institutions across the state of Missouri. School Information Systems, Inc. (SIS K-12) and Software Technology, Inc. (STI-K12), which combined represent over 80% of Missouri high schools, have developed a simple export process for student data to seamlessly integrate with ConnectEdu’s Connect! – a free web solution for college planning, admissions and financial aid available to high schools. To increase access and improve going to college rates statewide, high schools will be directly integrated with community colleges, colleges and universities to deliver TRUE ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS™ and additional college application materials.

Unlike other document delivery systems that are limited to .pdf format, ConnectEdu is the sole purveyor of an XML transcript solution directly integrated with a secure national network of colleges, that follows guidelines set by The Post Secondary Education Standards Council (PESC) and the Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA). By safely delivering documents as data points, student information can then be uploaded at the college for automatic GPA recalculation, immediate applicant matching, and instant receipt verification. As a result, admissions offices will spend less time manually processing college applications, will increase relationships with college-bound students, and will ultimately deliver more timely admissions decisions. ConnectEdu expects to exchange an estimated 324,000 transcripts in the state of Missouri during the 2007 admissions cycle.

As they engage in the “going to college” process, Missouri students will now have direct access to Connect!’s college partners in Missouri including Missouri State University, Truman State University, Northwest Missouri State University, North Central Missouri College, Moberly Area Community College, Ozarks Technical Community College, State Fair Community College, Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley, St. Charles Community College and Metropolitan Community College – Blue River. Students are also connected with college partners in the national network including University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Connecticut and Rutgers University. As additional high schools and colleges join the national network, ConnectEdu expects to deliver 1.3m transcripts in the next admissions cycle.

“As we continue to participate in the movement toward data standards, we are in the interim concentrating on providing a more streamlined electronic data exchange process for high schools and colleges,” said ConnectEdu, Inc. President and Founder Craig Powell. “Across Missouri, our data network between the state's high schools, community colleges and colleges will save our College Partners a collective $4.5M in annual transcript processing expenses. More importantly, students applying to colleges within the network will experience a faster, more secure and favorable method for sending documents to colleges. This is a win, win, win for all involved in the going-to-college process.”

About ConnectEdu, Inc.
In 2002, President & Founder Craig Powell established ConnectEdu to simplify the college admissions and financial aid process for all involved. Believing that students must be at the core of a solution, the ConnectEdu team began development of Connect! – a web solution that benchmarks every 9th -12th grade student against a comprehensive college plan, virtually connects high schools to higher education institutions directly, and provides the tools for everyone involved in the admissions and financial aid process to do their work. Students are empowered, parents are engaged and counselors are enabled with modern technology that enhances college counseling and allows them to return to the core of their mission – assisting students in making one of the most important decisions in their lives. Today, Connect! is the industry leading national going-to-college portal.

About School Information Systems, Inc.
School Information Systems, Inc. is the leading K-12 information system provider in Missouri serving fifty-five percent of the school districts in the state including STL City, Webster Groves, Affton, Lindberg, Mehlville, Jennings, Valley Park, Bayless, Hancock, Brentwood, Fort-Zumwalt, DeSoto and Springfield. For 23 years, S.I.S., Inc. has provided workable solutions for the K-12 community while laying a data foundation that enables continuous school improvement. S.I.S. automates core district processes and reporting for analysis in financials, asset management, student achievement, professional development and parent/community relations.

About STI-K12
STI is a leading provider of Education Data Management solutions to the K-12 market. STI’s fully integrated suite of products addresses attendance, scheduling, special education, assessment, discipline, grade reporting, professional development, fund accounting, health, and parent/teacher communications. Over 6,000 schools in 28 states use their solutions. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.


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