Jul 20, 2007

City University of New York (CUNY) First in New York to Partner with ConnectEdu

CUNY to Deploy Connect!, a Web-based Solution for College Planning and Admissions

Boston, MA – July 20, 2007 – ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of innovative college planning, admissions and financial aid solutions, today announced its partnership with The City University of New York and its 23 institutions to deploy the Connect!® online portal. As the first institution of higher education in New York to introduce this web platform, CUNY will lead the state initiative to support New York high school students, parents and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process, while modernizing admissions.

The City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public 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. The City University of New York is positioned to be the first in New York to begin electronically receiving application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, using XML data exchange and will also begin meeting new students through this secure, gated community.

“CUNY is pleased to become the first university in the state to partner with ConnectEdu,” said Richard Alvarez, University Director of Admissions. “We feel that with this initiative we are exposing more students to a streamlined application process, and therefore building greater access and opportunity for all college bound students in New York. Access and putting the students first- this is at the core of our mission. We explored other options and found that Connect! was the only cost-effective technology solution that also put students first. New Yorkers know a great bargain when they see one and this new initiative will help them connect to a successful future.”

The City University of New York 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 CUNY and its institutions statewide to begin connecting high schools in New York to build a regional network. Additional progressive colleges committed to this initiative include University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Old Dominion University, Towson University, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Missouri State University. By sponsoring the implementation in all New York high schools and encouraging all New York colleges and universities to connect, CUNY demonstrates its commitment to simplify college admissions and create a user-friendly approach 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 The City University of New York represents a major step towards changing the way families in New York approach college admissions.”

For more information on Connect! visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000.

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 The City University of New York
The City University of New York is the nation's largest urban public university with 23 institutions: eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College , the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 226,000 degree-credit students and 230,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University's academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 280 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. With new academic programs and raised admissions standards for freshmen and transfer applicants, more students than ever are applying which has led to CUNY’s record-breaking enrollments.


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