Jan 31, 2007

ConnectEdu Partners with CNCTYC

ConnectEdu Partners with The Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges (CNCTYC)
349 Community Colleges from 19 states invited into Connect!’s national network

Boston, Mass. – January 29, 2007 – ConnectEdu and The Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges (CNCTYC) are pleased to announce a new partnership to integrate Connect! – ConnectEdu’s student-centered web solution for college planning, admissions and financial aid across CNCTYC’s nearly 350 member community colleges. Representing 19 states, CNCTYC members will be invited to deploy Connect! in an effort to modernize admissions and streamline the transfer process for community college students to four-year colleges and universities across the country.

According to CNCTYC Executive Director Dr. James S. Kellerman,
“We identified Connect! and partnered with ConnectEdu because they share our commitment to creating a less strenuous admissions process designed to facilitate access and improve going-to-college rates. In addition, Connect! provides our admitted students a comprehensive college plan to insure they maximize their community college experience and successfully transfer to a four-year college/university. We are excited by the unique networking this provides our members, thereby, dramatically improving the community college experience for students.”


Key features to benefit community colleges:

Admissions Solution- With Connect!, admissions officers can meet prospective high school students electronically and then, once the relationship has been fostered, receive, track and organize application materials including electronic transcripts.

Transfer Solution - Connect! integrates college catalogs and student information systems to provide transfer students a plan based on the community college courses that appear on their transcript with courses outlined in up-to-date articulation agreements at four-year institutions. For community college students planning their transfer to a particular four-year school, this automated degree audit eliminates the once frustrating guessing game in academic advising making the decision to further their education a seamless one.

Craig Powell, President & Founder of ConnectEdu, adds,
“With this partnership, we’re connecting high schools, community colleges and four-year colleges across the country in a student-centered network committed to maximizing student opportunities. Connect! not only opens up new opportunities to these students, but streamlines the entire process for all involved. We know that some of the most successful students in higher education begin their journey at a community college and we firmly believe that opening the pathway from community college to college is critical to driving college access.”

About CNCTYC: More than 65 years ago several insightful junior college leaders met to form an organization of two-year colleges in the North Central Region to advocate to the North Central Association accrediting agency. Today, it’s a 19-state organization with over 349 institutional members working with The Higher Learning Commission in the promotion of standards, practices, and policies for two-year colleges in the North Central Region. Member states include Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; New Mexico; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; South Dakota; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming

About ConnectEdu: 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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Jan 10, 2007

Rutgers University Connects!

Rutgers University Partners with ConnectEdu to Deploy Connect!

Boston, Mass. – January 10, 2007 – ConnectEdu, a national provider of innovative college planning and admissions solutions, today announced its partnership with Rutgers University to deploy the Connect! online portal, which will support students, parents, and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process for one of the nation’s most established universities.

Rutgers University joins a national network of high schools, community colleges, colleges and universities that have embraced this 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. Rutgers University will enhance high school electronic delivery of application materials including transcripts, and also begin meeting new students through Connect!’s secure, gated community.

“Rutgers University is committed to being on the cutting edge of providing our applicants with the best college planning and application process that we can possibly offer,” said Courtney McAnuff, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “With the Connect! platform linked to our high school and community college partners, we will have additional capacity to effectively guide students, provide meaningful benefits to their counselors or advisors, and demonstrate a more efficient admission process for all involved.”

Rutgers joins a national campaign to provide high schools the Connect! platform at no charge to students, parents or guidance counselors. Other progressive colleges committed to this initiative include University of Connecticut, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Missouri State University. By sponsoring the implementation of Connect! in high schools, Rutgers 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 this entire process 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.”

Connect! will be implemented at Rutgers University’s three campuses including New Brunswick/Piscataway, Camden and Newark. For more information on Connect! visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000.

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Jan 8, 2007

Truman State University Joins Connect!'s National "Going to College" Network

Truman State University Partners with ConnectEdu to Deploy Connect!

Boston, Mass. – January 8, 2007 – ConnectEdu, a national provider of innovative college planning and admissions solutions, today announced its partnership with Truman State University to deploy the Connect!® online portal, which will support students, parents and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process, while modernizing admissions for Missouri’s only highly selective statewide public liberal arts and sciences university.

Truman State 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. Truman State University will begin electronically processing application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, and also begin meeting new students through Connect!’s secure, gated community.

“Truman State University is committed to modernizing college admissions for our applicants through new innovation.” said John Fraire, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “We explored other options and found that Connect! was the only comprehensive technology solution that put students first. At no cost, 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.”

Truman State University joins a national campaign to provide high schools the Connect! platform at no charge to students, parents or guidance counselors. Additional progressive colleges committed to this initiative include University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Missouri State University. By sponsoring the implementation of Connect! in high schools, Truman State 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 this entire process 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 Truman represents another step towards changing the way families approach college admissions.”

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

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Jan 5, 2007

Our Families' Top 25 Colleges

ConnectEdu Announces Connect!’s Top 25 Colleges and Universities
University of Michigan Ranks #1

Boston, Mass. – January 5, 2007 – As hundreds of thousands of students develop their college plan, ConnectEdu announces the top 25 schools representing the most popular college choices among Connect! users in 2006. The University of Michigan, the first college partner to begin the paperless admissions process, ranked number one out of over 3700 colleges and universities featured on Connect!

The top 25 are:

1. University of Michigan
2. Michigan State University
3. Rutgers University
4. University of Mass. Amherst
5. Boston University
6. Northeastern University
7. New York University
8. Boston College
9. University of Connecticut
10. University of Pennsylvania
11. Cornell University
12. Grand Valley State University
13. Eastern Michigan University
14. Brown University
15. Quinnipiac University
16. Central Michigan University
17. University of Vermont
18. Columbia University
19. Syracuse University
20. Harvard College
21. University of Rhode Island
22. Penn State University Park
23. Johns Hopkins University
24. Mass. Institute of Technology
25. Tufts University

The top 25 list was compiled using aggregate data from the Connect! platform to determine which schools across the nation appeared on the most college lists in Connect! through December 2006.

Using Connect!, students, their parents and guidance counselors are encouraged to complete the official college list online after researching colleges from among over 3700 detailed school profiles. Additional online tools help students define their college preferences after which Connect! provides suitable matches based on selected criteria including location, size, academics and extra-curriculars. Finalized schools on the list represent the colleges and universities to which the student will apply. Connect! then guides students through the entire application and financial aid process and integrates electronically with college partners’ admissions offices to simplify the entire “going to college” process.

For more information on introducing your high school or college to Connect! call 617-532-3000 or log onto: www.connectedu.net

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Jan 2, 2007

Connect 4.2 Is Here!

Connect! 4.2 Streamlines Communication, Enhances Tracking and Expands Reporting
to Simplify the “Going to College” Process.

Boston, MA - January 2, 2007 - ConnectEdu announces the release of Connect! 4.2, the most recent upgrade of its web solution for college planning and admissions. Connect! 4.2 has incorporated enhancements for students, guidance counselors and admissions officers as a result of current user feedback and requests. With this release, ConnectEdu furthers it’s unique mission to listen and respond to its partners with new updates launched every ninety days. In the new release, Connect! 4.2 introduces innovative online tools to facilitate better communication within its community of users plus provide more concise tracking and reporting capabilities.

FOR STUDENTS, Connect! 4.2 has added a new feature when developing the college list. Currently, students are invited to complete an interactive college preferences interview that helps them match their preferences, based on interests, academics and type of school among other data. The interview generates a list of schools that matches interests tiered by selectivity. In the update, a match is further defined by a color-coded “slider” that indicates a range of compatibility for that particular school. When planning for college, students can now visually access their customized choices and add appropriate schools to their official college list.

FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, Connect! 4.2 continues to enhance tracking capabilities for more robust state and district reporting. Counselors are given tools to analyze student progress, measure student success and determine student benchmarks based on historic data. The new upgrade has added the ability to import PSAT and ACT scores into the student file providing counselors more in-depth student data without the burden of data entry.

Connect! 4.2 simplifies messaging tools through c-mail, Connect!’s secure, internal e-mail communication. Counselors can search for c-mail recipients by last name instead of the student’s self-selected user name. Now, when a counselor wants to send a message, a quick glance can help them locate the students without the extra step of cross-referencing user names.

Guidance Counselors are also equipped with a new feature in the tracking process. Once a counselor receives notification that a mailed transcript has been received by the college, he or she can mark “Receipt Confirmed” and indicate the date to completely track the status.

FOR ADMISSIONS OFFICERS, Connect! 4.2 allows for better communication between students and colleges. Once a student expresses interest in a college and grants permission for direct communication, the college admissions officer has access to information and the ability to export the student’s name, e-mail address and home address for added opportunities to build a dialogue.

The new enhancements in Connect! 4.2 further compliment the host of tools for which Connect! has become known including the ability to send and receive “true” electronic transcripts and recommendation letters. Additional tools for managing applications, monitoring progress, messaging users and measuring results are helping hundreds of thousands of Connect! users successfully engage in the “going to college’ process.

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