Feb 20, 2008

ConnectEdu Partners with University of Vermont To Build College Access and Streamline College Admissions

(Boston, MA) – February 20, 2008 – ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of innovative curriculum, college and career planning solutions, has announced its partnership with the University of Vermont to deploy the Connect!® online platform. As one of the first universities in northern New England to introduce this web platform, the University of Vermont will help lead the state initiative to guide Vermont’s high school students, parents and guidance counselors in the transitions from high school to college to career.

The University of Vermont joins a national network of high schools, community colleges, colleges and universities that have embraced the unique web-based service to streamline efficiencies in college admissions. The Connect! National Network™ is also focused on building access to higher education by introducing resources and tools to help families, regardless of background, make informed decisions.

To streamline the college admissions process, Connect!® provides one centralized platform that, for the first time, systematically connects secondary education to higher education through secure web technology. The University of Vermont along with Castleton State College in Vermont are positioned to be the first in Vermont to begin electronically receiving application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, using XML data exchange and will also begin meeting new students through Connect!®’s secure, gated community. Additional New England colleges including University of Massachusetts, Lowell; University of Massachusetts, Boston; and University of Connecticut are also part of this regional initiative.

“ConnectEdu is a big step forward,” said Chris Lucier, the University of Vermont’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Not only does it reduce paperwork in high schools and college admissions offices, allowing us to focus on more important tasks and have more face time with students, it also has the potential to raise college aspiration levels to make the college and financial aid process not seem so daunting, especially for first generation families.”

To build college access, ConnectEdu is partnering with U.S. colleges and universities for a national campaign to provide high schools the Connect!® platform at no charge to students, parents or guidance counselors. ConnectEdu will be working in Vermont to begin connecting high schools in Vermont to build a regional network. Additional progressive colleges committed to this national initiative include Rutgers University, Old Dominion University, University of Kansas, University of Iowa, University of Michigan and University of Missouri. By sponsoring the implementation of Connect!® in all Vermont high schools and encouraging all Vermont colleges and universities to connect, the University of Vermont and Castleton State College demonstrate their commitment to democratizing college admissions and creating greater access to higher education through new technology.

“ConnectEdu is focused on students,” said Craig Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of ConnectEdu. “We created Connect! to make sure every student in the country, regardless of their ability to pay, was equipped with the resources and tools to make informed decisions as they transition from high school to college to careers. Our partnerships with the University of Vermont and Castleton State College represent a major step towards changing the way students in Vermont approach their future.”

For more information on Connect! visit www.connectedu.net or call 888-887-8380.

About ConnectEdu, Inc.
ConnectEdu is the nation’s leading technology firm dedicated to providing students, educators and employers with comprehensive solutions to successfully navigate education and employment transitions. ConnectEdu's mission is to democratize access to higher education and career opportunities for all students by empowering them and their advisors with the information, resources and collective bargaining power required to realize successful life-transitions.


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