Apr 25, 2007

ConnectEdu Integrates Michigan

SchoolsOPEN L.L.C. to Build Data Integration System with Connect!

Boston, Mass- April 25, 2007- ConnectEdu, Inc. is pleased to announce a new data integration relationship with SchoolsOpen, one of Michigan’s leading developers of high school student information systems. SchoolsOpen has designed 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 school students, parents and guidance counselors. 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. SchoolsOpen represents 75 school districts throughout the state including Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools, Flint Community Schools, Genesee Intermediate School District, Grand Blanc Community Schools, and Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools.

“SchoolsOPEN has always taken pride in providing a quality service and good value for the school districts of Michigan. Allowing schools to leverage the information they have stored in their existing systems provides a significant value without requiring any duplication of effort. We are excited to partner with ConnectEdu to offer SchoolsOPEN clients a free service that will provide useful information for families, high schools and institutions of higher learning,” said Richard S. Havourd III, Owner, SchoolsOPEN.

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 which 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 360,000 transcripts in the state of Michigan during the 2007 admissions cycle.

As they engage in the “going to college” process, Michigan students will now have direct access to ConnectEdu’s college partners in Michigan including the University of Michigan– Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan- Dearborn, and the University of Michigan- Flint. Students are also connected with college partners in the national network including University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, and Old Dominion 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 Michigan, our data network between the states high schools and colleges can save our College Partners up to $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 SchoolsOPEN L.L.C.
SchoolsOPEN is a Michigan based company with a twenty year history in student information systems. The SchoolsOPEN™ family of products includes, but is not limited to, all aspects of the Financial and Student Management of a school district. Their mission is to provide a cost-effective, real time software solution for a school district’s administrative needs. SchoolsOPEN currently provides software solutions to 75 school districts throughout Michigan and partners with other software providers including Time Clock Systems, Document Imaging, Substitute Calling, Teacher Grade Books and Data Warehouse Systems.

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Apr 6, 2007

Brockton High School Implements Connect!

ConnectEdu’s Innovative Technology to Build College Access Nationwide

Boston, Mass– April 6, 2007- Brockton High School has, this week, connected to a national “going to college” network by implementing Connect! – the innovative web solution offered FREE to high schools by Boston technology company ConnectEdu. Currently being deployed in high schools across the country, Connect! is a web service available at no cost to students, their parents and their guidance counselors to simplify the entire “going to college” process. With comprehensive online tools, Connect! allows members to intelligently research over 3700 colleges, electronically send and track application materials, and easily apply for financial aid.

“Connect! has taken the college admissions process into the 21st century and beyond,” said BHS Guidance Department Head Catherine Leger. “The program is user-friendly and its web-based interface allows academic advisors to personalize the college admission process while also simplifying the process for students and parents. From FAFSA forms to transcripts, Connect! makes applying to colleges easier and less stressful.”

In addition to receiving step-by-step college planning tools, for the first time students are provided access to institutions of higher education through a secure, online platform. Some of the nation’s most progressive universities have partnered with ConnectEdu to begin building a paperless admissions process by receiving TRUE ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS™. In addition to communicating with their parents, counselors and peers, all Connect! students now have the ability to electronically send application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, to Connect! colleges including University of Michigan, Rutgers University and University of Connecticut to name a few.

According to Craig Powell, President and Founder of ConnectEdu, “Our partnership with Brockton High School is a milestone in our home state. We’re excited to be working with one of the region’s most forward-thinking high schools that shares our mission of seeking innovation to help students succeed. We truly look forward to inviting every high school in Massachusetts to join our national network.”

Additional South Shore high schools implementing Connect! include Avon High School, Oliver Ames High School and Milton High School.

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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Apr 5, 2007

Towson University First in Maryland to Partner with ConnectEdu

Partnerships Brings Connect!, a Web-Based Solution for College Planning and Admissions, to Maryland

Boston, Mass- April 5, 2007- ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of innovative college planning, admissions and financial aid solutions, announced its partnership with Towson University, the second largest public university in Maryland, to deploy the Connect! online portal. As the first institution of higher education in the state to introduce Connect!, Towson University will lead the initiative to support Maryland high school students, parents and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process, while modernizing admissions.

Towson 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 channel, Connect! provides one centralized platform that, for the first time, systematically connects secondary education to higher education through secure web technology.

“Towson University is pleased to become the first university in the state to partner with ConnectEdu,” said Louise Shulack, Director of Admissions. “After evaluating all the options available to us, we chose Connect!, not only because it is one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions, but because ConnectEdu shares our mission to help students. Like ConnectEdu, we encourage all young people to pursue higher education and by providing Connect! to all high schools in Maryland, we hope to create meaningful opportunities for a new generation of college-bound students.”

Towson University is positioned to be the first in Maryland to electronically receive application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, using XML data exchange. With Connect!’s True Electronic Transcripts™, Towson will have the ability to receive official student transcripts as true data points securely delivered from the high school student information system directly into Towson’s student information system. The electronic exchange eliminates paper and data re-entry, automatically matches applicant files, provides instant receipt verification and allows for GPA recalculation and other automated data functions customized for Towson’s admissions office. By reducing administrative tasks, Connect! provides admissions officers more time to spend with prospects and applicants to build better relationships and, ultimately, facilitates more timely admissions decisions.

Towson University will also modernize their admissions practices with the addition of Connect!’s secure electronic recruitment tools. By joining Connect!’s national network, Towson University will be invited to interact with hundreds of thousands of Connect! users, in Maryland and nationwide, actively engaged in the “going-to-college” process. With criteria that includes location, academic performance, extracurricular involvement and reported interests, the search tools allow admissions officers to introduce themselves to students who best map to Towson’s retention data. On a permission-only basis, admissions officers will now be able to build relationships with prospective high school students who would most likely be successful at Towson University based on targeted data at a depth previously unavailable.

Towson 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 Towson University to begin connecting high schools in Maryland 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, Old Dominion University and Truman State University. By sponsoring the implementation of Connect! in all Maryland high schools and encouraging all Maryland colleges and universities to connect, Towson 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 empower students as they consider their college options. In one on-line location, we provide the most comprehensive planning tools as well as information on financing an education. Our goal is to make sure everyone supporting the student has access to the most reliable information; can easily communicate with each other; and will ultimately guide the student in making one of the most important decisions in their life. Our partnership with Towson University represents a major step towards changing the way families in Maryland 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.

About Towson University
Founded in 1866, Towson University (www.towson.edu) is recognized among the nation's best regional public universities, offering more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields. With nearly 19,000 students, Towson University is the second-largest public university in Maryland. As a metropolitan university, Towson combines research-based learning with practical application. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs.

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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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