Aug 29, 2007

University of Iowa Is the First in Iowa to Partner with ConnectEdu

University of Iowa to Deploy Connect!, An Integrated College and Career Planning Solution

Iowa City, IA – August 29, 2007– ConnectEdu, a leader in web-based college and career planning solutions and integrated admissions services, today announced its partnership with University of Iowa to deploy the Connect!® online portal. As the first institution of higher education in Iowa to introduce Connect!®, University of Iowa will lead the state initiative to support Iowa high school students, parents and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process, while modernizing admissions.

University of Iowa 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. University of Iowa is positioned to be the first in Iowa 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.

“The University of Iowa is pleased to become the first university in the state to partner with ConnectEdu,” said Michael Barron, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions for the University. “We found Connect! to be an extremely robust, comprehensive and cost-effective technology solution that fully serves the needs of students, families and high school college counseling programs. In this high school based system, and at no cost to families, students are welcomed into the on-line community and provided tools that eliminate much of the complexity of admissions. By exposing more students to a streamlined application process, we are looking forward to building greater access to higher education in Iowa.”

University of Iowa 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 University of Iowa to begin connecting high schools throughout the state to build a regional network. Additional progressive colleges committed to this initiative include University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, City University of New York, Missouri State University and Truman State University. By sponsoring the implementation of Connect! in all Iowa high schools and encouraging all Iowa colleges and universities to connect, University of Iowa demonstrates its commitment to democratizing college admissions and creating greater access to higher education through new technology.

“ConnectEdu is focused on the future of college admissions and how technology is supporting the education industry’s transition from a paper-based process to a data-driven initiative,” said Craig Powell, President of ConnectEdu. “We’re excited about working with leaders at University of Iowa who understand the value of receiving data points and what that means for future decision making in recruitment, retention and student success. As trailblazers in higher education, University of Iowa will demonstrate the feasibility, cost-effectiveness and practicality of this initiative.”

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 University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is a major national research university with a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation. Respected for its excellence in education, passion for discovery, and tradition of public service, the University offers a close-knit intellectual community that draws students and scholars from around the world. Founded in 1847, the UI is Iowa’s oldest public university. Today it comprises 11 colleges, a major teaching hospital, a technology research campus, museums of art and natural history, and other resources. It is the largest of three public universities governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The University of Iowa was the country’s first public university to admit men and women on an equal basis. It was also the first university to accept creative work in theatre, writing, music, and art as theses for advanced degrees; the site of the first law school west of the Mississippi; and the world’s first broadcaster of educational television.


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Aug 27, 2007

ConnectEdu and Weidenhammer Systems Corp. Build Data Integration System

High Schools Using CIMS® Student School Management Software Provided Direct Access to Connect!

Boston, MA - August 27, 2007- High schools utilizing Weidenhammer Systems Corporation’s CIMS® Student School Management software system can now access ConnectEdu’s Connect!®, an integrated college and career planning solution. To increase access and improve going-to-college rates statewide, high schools using the CIMS Student Information System will be directly integrated with community colleges, colleges and universities to deliver TRUE ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS™ and additional college application materials. More than 1300 schools in 44 states nationwide utilize Weidenhammer System’s CIMS software as well as its alio™ Finance and Human Resource system.

Through Weidenhammer, ConnectEdu contracted with one of their Certified Business Partners, Computer Management Technologies, Inc. (CMT) to develop the interface between CIMS Student and Connect!. As a Weidenhammer Certified Business Partner, CMT provides local support for all of the CIMS Applications in Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota. CMT is familiar with seamlessly interfacing administrative systems to complementing products. “We are always striving to improve administrative processes for our clients that not only benefit the students, but also streamline tasks for those running the schools. With budgetary constraints faced by many within the K-12 environment, simplifying tasks has become a necessity. The integration between CIMS® Student and Connect! truly accomplishes all that we strive to deliver. School staff no longer have to gather papers to copy, fax or mail and students no longer have to pick them up to deliver, saving everyone valuable resources and time,” said Jeanne Fisher, President of CMT.

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, University of Pittsburgh, Michigan State University, Missouri State University, City University of New York, Rutgers University, Old Dominion University, Towson 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 Craig Powell. “In joining forces with Weidenhammer, 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.”

ConnectEdu has continued their relationship with Weidenhammer as they have begun to build a similar student interface with SASI, a student management system owned by Pearson School Systems and supported by Weidenhammer. To join Connect! today, utilizing Weidenhammer’s CIMS ® Student School Management software system please visit our website at 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 Weidenhammer Systems Corporation
Weidenhammer, founded in 1978, is a provider of leading-edge Information Technology solutions for the education and commercial marketplace. In addition to its headquarters in Reading, PA, Weidenhammer maintains five branch offices in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Colorado, and has nearly 200 professionals on staff. Weidenhammer will now be at the forefront nationally in providing education solutions in the K-12 market. Weidenhammer will also expand internationally with customers in Canada, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The company has core competencies in consulting, software development, systems integration and managed services, as well as school district administrative solutions. Earlier this year, Weidenhammer purchased Information Design Inc., the designer of the alio™ suite of products. Deployed on an Oracle database, alio™ offerings include fund accounting, encumbrance accounting, general ledger, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, finance, payroll, human resources, position control, salary administration and complete reporting. Weidenhammer has strategic relationships with Pearson School Systems, Cisco, Microsoft, HP, IBM, Edustructures, and Computer Automation. For more information about Weidenhammer contact Jim Bitler at 610.378.8600 ext 8455.


About Computer Management Technologies, Inc.
Computer Management Technologies, Inc. (CMT) is a consulting services group with over 20 years of experience specializing in the development of custom software, design and installation of computer networks, computer software application training and other technology related activities for small businesses and school districts. CMT has integrated administrative systems with food service, transportation and library management systems for schools across the nation. Additionally, CMT has been involved with Edustructures and in a relationship similar to that of ConnectEdu, has developed the SIF agent for CIMS® Student School Management software system. For more information about CMT contact Barb Kostick at 989.791.4860 ext 125.

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