Apr 2, 2007

Old Dominion University First in Virginia to Partner with ConnectEdu

Partnership brings Connect!, a Web-Based Solution for College Planning and Admissions, to Virginia

Boston, Mass- April 2, 2007- ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of innovative college planning, admissions and financial aid solutions, today announced its partnership with Old Dominion University to deploy the Connect! online portal. As the first institution of higher education in Virginia to introduce Connect!, Old Dominion University will lead the state initiative to support Virginia high school students, parents and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process, while modernizing admissions.

Old Dominion University joins a national network of high schools, community colleges, colleges and universities that have embraced the unique web-based service to simplify the “going to college” process for everyone engaged in student success. Designed with customized online tools for each user category, Connect! provides one centralized platform that, for the first time, systematically connects secondary education to higher education through secure web technology. Old Dominion University is positioned to be the first in Virginia to begin electronically receiving application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, using XML data exchange and will also begin meeting new students through Connect!’s secure, gated community.

“Old Dominion University is pleased to become the first university in the state to partner with ConnectEdu,” said Alice McAdory, Executive Director of Admissions and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “We explored other options and found that Connect! was the only cost-effective technology solution that put students first. At no cost to families, students are welcomed into the community and provided online tools that eliminate the complexity of admissions. By exposing more students to a streamlined application process, we are looking forward to building greater access.”

Old Dominion University joins a national campaign to provide high schools the Connect! platform at no charge to students, parents or guidance counselors. ConnectEdu will be working with Old Dominion University to begin connecting high schools in Virginia to build a regional network. Additional progressive colleges committed to this initiative include University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Missouri State University and Truman State University. By sponsoring the implementation of Connect! in all Virginia high schools and encouraging all Virginia colleges and universities to connect, Old Dominion University demonstrates its commitment to democratizing college admissions and creating greater access to higher education through new technology.

“ConnectEdu is focused on students.” said Craig Powell, President of ConnectEdu. “We created Connect! to simplify the admissions and financial aid processes so everyone involved in helping the student succeed has more opportunity to guide them as they make one of the most important decisions in their life. Our partnership with Old Dominion represents a major step towards changing the way families in Virginia approach college admissions.”

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.


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