Mar 23, 2007

Springfield Area High Schools Becoming Connected

Comprehensive, Web-Based Solution for College Planning, Admissions and Financial Aid Proliferates Southwest Missouri

Boston, Mass- March 23, 2007- Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College are leading the initiative to provide Connect! - a comprehensive web solution for college planning, admissions and financial aid – to ALL high school students throughout Southwest Missouri. Part of a nationwide mission, ten institutions of higher education and nearly seventy five high schools in the state have created a secure online network to improve college access, by simplifying the “going to college” process for everyone involved. The latest high schools in the Springfield area to join the Connect! network include Springfield Catholic HS, Greenwood Lab, Branson, Hollister, Seymour, Marshfield, Lebanon, Clever, Ozark, Republic, Exeter, Verona, Bradleyville, Ash Grove, Conway, Crane, Mansfield, Miller and Pleasant Hope.

According to Timothy M. Dilg, College and Career Advisor at Springfield Catholic High School, "Connect! has taken the college admissions process into the 21st century and beyond! Its user-friendly, web-based interface allows academic advisors to make the college admission process more personalized, while also simplifying the process for students and parents. From FAFSA forms, to transcripts, Connect! does it all. Advisors everywhere will do themselves and their students a great service by enrolling in Connect!"

In addition to the step-by-step college planning tools, with Connect! high school students in Missouri are, for the first time, connected to higher education through a secure, online platform. This allows counselors to seamlessly send electronic documents to Ozarks Technical Community College and Missouri State University, as well as other college partners in Missouri including Truman State University, Northwest Missouri State University, and other community college partners in Missouri including Kansas City Metropolitan Community Colleges, Moberly Area Community College and St. Charles Community College.

For colleges and universities, in addition to the paperless network that Connect! is creating in Missouri, additional key benefits of using Connect! include:

- Savings between $14-$25 in processing expenses per application
- Receiving a True Electronic Transcript™ with actual data points that are sent directly into a college/university SIS system to be stored, viewed, or printed
- 95% savings in application related labor
- Automated GPA recalculation
- Tracking student retention from Connect! data


Based on current high school implementations in Missouri, Missouri colleges and universities will save $4.5 million dollars this year. “We are committed to working with Missouri State University and Ozarks technical Community College and their partner high schools to improve this process for all involved, and are thrilled that such forward-thinking institutions have decided to partner with us to improve access for college bound students,” said ConnectEdu President Craig Powell.

The unprecedented growth of Connect! in Missouri is particularly momentous for Powell, ConnectEdu President and Founder. Powell is a native of Maryville, MO and a 1995 graduate of Maryville High School. Powell’s own experiences with the college planning process led him to establish ConnectEdu back in 2002. The former Maryville wrestler is now committed to providing students and parents the tools they need to make informed college planning and financial aid decisions.

ConnectEdu currently has five full time staff members working with both high school and college partners in the state of Missouri.

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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Mar 19, 2007

ConnectEdu and Rediker Software Join Forces

Building a New Data Integration System To Improve Access to Higher Education

Boston, Mass- March 19, 2007 - A new data integration relationship between ConnectEdu, Inc. and Rediker Software, Inc. has created a seamless data delivery system for high schools managing student data with Rediker’s school management software system. Rediker Software has 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.

According to Rediker Software’s CEO and founder, Richard Rediker, “This promises to be a terrific partnership, and the timing couldn’t be better. Teaming up with ConnectEdu was the logical next step in our ongoing mission to connect students with opportunity via technology. We applaud, and will emulate, ConnectEdu’s business plan to provide this critical college connectivity to high schools at no cost. This is just the beginning of what Rediker and ConnectEdu, working together, can do for our schools.”

As they engage in the “going-to-college” process, high school students will now have direct access to some of the nation’s most progressive colleges and universities, including University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Missouri State University, Truman State University, Rutgers University and University of Connecticut. As Connect! continues partnering with more high schools and colleges nationwide, ConnectEdu expects to deliver 1.3 million transcripts in the upcoming admissions cycle.

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 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.

“As the electronic documents marketplace continues its movement towards data standards, we’ve concentrated on the delivery of electronic transcripts from the high school student information system to the college SIS.” said ConnectEdu, Inc. President and Founder Craig Powell. “In joining forces with Rediker, we’re making it easier than ever for high schools to integrate their systems with our college partners. More importantly for students and families, it means they will benefit from a streamlined process that focuses on their needs at no cost to them.”

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 Rediker
Rediker Software, Inc. is a leading provider of school administrative software across the United States and around the world. Founded over 27 years ago by educators for educators, the company understands the unique student management requirements of all types of schools and districts, public and private, elementary to secondary. Their flagship product, Administrator's Plus®, along with their School Office Suite®, provide an easy-to-use integrated school management software system that streamlines administrative tasks and manages student information throughout the entire school.

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Mar 5, 2007

Northwest Missouri Welcomes New High Schools Into the Connect! Network

Comprehensive, Web-Based Solution for College Planning, Admissions and Financial Aid Proliferates in the State of Missouri

Boston, MA -March 5, 2007- Northwest Missouri State University is leading the initiative to provide Connect! - a comprehensive web solution for college planning, admissions and financial aid – to ALL high school students throughout Northwest Missouri, Southwest Iowa, Southeast Nebraska, and Northeast Kansas. In the last week, seven new high schools in Northwest Missouri have adopted Connect! and will begin deploying the solution to their students. The latest high schools to join the Connect! network include Central, Fairfax, King City, Platte County, Rockport, Smithton, and West Nodaway. These high schools join more than 75 high schools across the state that have deployed Connect!.

Northwest Missouri State University has continued to encourage other state universities and Missouri high schools to join the efforts in streamlining the admissions process for the entire state of Missouri. “Northwest Missouri State 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 Bev Shenkel, Dean, Enrollment Management at Northwest Missouri State.

With the Connect! platform, students in Missouri are, for the first time, systematically connected as high schools throughout Northwest Missouri can now send electronic documents to Northwest Missouri State University, as well as other college partners in Missouri including Truman State University, Missouri State University, and community college partners in Missouri including Kansas City Metropolitan Community Colleges, Ozarks Technical Community College, Moberly Area Community College and St. Charles Community College. “With the Connect! platform linked to our high school and community college partners, we will have additional capacity to effectively guide students, provide a meaningful benefit to their counselors or advisors and demonstrate a more efficient admission process for all involved,” said Shenkel.

In addition to the paperless network that Connect! is creating in Missouri, additional key benefits of using Connect! include:

- Save between $14-$25 in processing expenses per application
- Receive a True Electronic Transcript™ with actual data points that are sent directly into a college/university SIS system to be stored, viewed, or printed
- 95% savings in application related labor
- Automated GPA recalculation
- Track student retention from Connect! data



Based on current high school implementations in Missouri, Missouri colleges and universities will save $4.5 million dollars this year. “We are committed to working with Northwest Missouri State and its partner high schools and community colleges to improve this process for all involved, and are thrilled that such a forward-thinking institution has decided to partner with us to improve access for college bound students,” said ConnectEdu President Craig Powell.

The growth of Connect! in Missouri, particularly the Northwest corner, is particularly momentous for Powell, ConnectEdu President and Founder. Powell is a native of Maryville and a 1995 graduate of Maryville High School. His parents, Jeff and Mary Jane Powell currently reside in Maryville. Powell’s own experiences with the college planning process led him to establish ConnectEdu back in 2002. The former Maryville wrestler is now committed to providing students and parents the tools they need to make informed college planning and financial aid decisions.

ConnectEdu currently has five full time staff members working with both high school and college partners in the state of Missouri.


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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