Apr 22, 2008

ConnectEdu Launches the Greenest Version of Connect!

GreenConnect! Allows Colleges and High Schools to Go Green with Features to Eliminate the 755,000,000 Admissions Documents Processed Annually

(Boston, MA) Earth Day, April 22, 2008- ConnectEdu is launching GreenConnect! to all high schools and colleges in the Connect! National Network ™ with new features designed for today’s eco-conscious generation of college-bound students and the colleges who want to meet them. Focusing on unprecedented Enrollment Marketing, the innovations in GreenConnect! build data-driven connections between college recruiters and students searching for colleges online. For students, ConnectEdu has introduced new “GREENER ADMISSION ratings” for the 4,200colleges it presents to students in the college search process. For colleges, enrollment marketing is enhanced with better communication, more levels of data, and new relationship management tools. This new version of Connect! changes how students approach college admissions by giving them more insight and an active voice in the recruitment process. GreenConnect! will be live to all users in early May.

As part of a national Go Green initiative, ConnectEdu is introducing enhanced web services to accomplish admissions tasks that have traditionally been paper-based processes. The new Enrollment Marketing feature in Connect! allows students to build comprehensive profiles that integrate their academic transcript, accomplishments, activities and interests. Once published, students give colleges the opportunity to meet them using multiple points of verified data. Connect!’s enhanced search tools match colleges with students who meet the college’s enrollment goals. On an opt-in basis, students in as early as the ninth grade, can begin enrollment relationships with a college admission officer to explore these opportunities. As a result of this targeted data and electronic communication, Connect! eliminates the delivery of multiple unsolicited direct mail pieces, therefore reducing paper-based enrollment marketing.

Colleges who have implemented green practices into their college admissions are now able to highlight these initiatives to students in Connect! in the college search. New “GREENER ADMISSION ratings” are built into each of the 4,200 college profiles presented to Connect! students. Colleges using Connect! who have begun enrollment marketing in Connect! and have begun receiving electronic admissions documents are rated based on the institution’s level of data implementation, coupled with the number of applications they process annually. Green tree icons represent the number of applications being affected. It is estimated that 755 million sheets of paper are processed in college admissions each year from recruitment to matriculation. Gold, silver and bronze awards denote the college’s level of electronic document exchange used to reduce this paper. Colleges not practicing green admissions are represented by chopped trees. Students can send direct notifications to those colleges to express concern and encourage them to adopt green admissions practices.

“Colleges across the country are building green initiatives into their campus life,” said Craig Powell, President & CEO of ConnectEdu, Inc. “From examining waste management to energy conservation, colleges are taking steps to go green but are ignoring the harm to the environment that results from paper in the admissions process. Our goal is to show colleges how easily they can join our partners and implement greener enrollment and admissions practices and to show students how they can have a voice in the process.”

For more information on ConnectEdu, or going green in the Connect! National Network ™, call 888-887-8380 or log on to www.connectedu.net.

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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Apr 7, 2008

High School Goes Green With Connect!

Maynard High School Integrates with Connect! For "Green College Admissions": A National Initiative to Eliminate Over 750 Million Paper Documents Each Year

(Maynard, MA) March 26, 2008 - Maynard High School is going green with Connect! – the nation’s leading web solution for curriculum, college and career planning. Part of a national initiative to eliminate an estimated 750 million pieces of paper processed annually for college admissions, Maynard High School has joined the Connect! National Network™ in partnership with Boston-based ConnectEdu, Inc. to provide students and families with easy to use and comprehensive college and career planning technology tools. At no cost, all students, parents, and counselors are invited to introduce green initiatives into their college admissions process. With Connect!, students eliminate the exchange of paper-based recruiting publications and streamline admissions with the secure delivery of electronic admissions documents, including transcripts and letters of recommendation.

“For decades the college admissions process has remained nearly untouched. Despite dealing with the most environmentally-conscious college-bound generation, families have been asked to produce increasingly more paper documents,” said Maynard High School Guidance Counselor, Korey Barkley. “Connect! engages them in a comprehensive process that not only facilitates college access with must-have tools and resources for college planning, but is designed as a green solution. Everything can be accomplished in a single online environment – and at a fraction of the time and cost.”

ConnectEdu provides Connect! to high schools at no charge to:

Reduce Recruitment Waste
Connect! revolutionizes college recruitment by giving the student a well-informed voice in the process. Counselors and students collaborate on a curriculum plan for grades 9-12 that integrates academic strengths, identified interests, and career goals. Communication tools between counselors, students, and parents within Connect! allow for tracking progress against this individualized education plan. Then during college planning, Connect! uses the integrated student data to help create a list of best-fitting colleges. Students build recruitment relationships with the colleges of their choice to gather targeted information and eliminate the need for cumbersome and unsolicited recruitment brochures and guidebooks.

Eliminate Paper Admissions Documents
Connect! revolutionizes college admissions by streamlining the process of applying to college and the college’s application processing. Once the student has finalized the list of colleges to where they will apply, Connect! helps manage the tasks and deadlines for the family. During the application process, students can easily request and counselors can securely deliver electronic transcripts and letters of recommendation through Connect! to eliminate printing and mailing. Connect! automatically notifies counselors, students, family members and colleges of the progress in every step along the way.

Explore College Financing Electronically
As college financing has become an increasingly important and challenging component in college planning, Connect! has introduced a comprehensive online college financial planning resource. In one location, families can determine their cost gap and explore financing options to meet that gap. A national and local scholarship finder are available in addition to a unique budgeting tool that integrates career earnings information with anticipated debt burden. Families are also provided with interactive tools designed to assist in the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so they can apply accurately online to the government.

“We know our students are concerned about how they affect the environment and applying to college is no exception,” said Craig Powell, President & CEO of ConnectEdu, Inc. “We set out to help high schools and colleges work together to change how students approach college admissions. It is our partnership with schools like Maynard High School that is making a greener admissions process a reality.”

Colleges in the Connect! National Network™ have provided sponsorship of 1,000 high school implementations across the country to gain the benefits of Connect! at no cost. Progressive New England colleges that are already receiving electronic admissions documents through Connect! include: University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Newbury College, Quincy College, Roxbury Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Boston University, Clark University, Daniel Webster College, University of Vermont, University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven. They join national institutions including University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Rutgers University.

For more information on ConnectEdu, or going green in the Connect! National Network™, call 888-887-8380 or log on to www.connectedu.net.


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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Niagara University and Kenmore East High School Join the Connect! National Network™

(Niagara, NY) March 19, 2008 – Niagara University has sponsored the successful implementation of Connect! - the nation’s leading web solution for curriculum, college and career planning – at Kenmore East High School. During the first week of implementation, over 265 students have connected as part of a national initiative to streamline college admissions. Niagara University joined the Connect! National Network in partnership with ConnectEdu, Inc. to provide students and families with easy to use and comprehensive college and career planning technology tools. At no cost to the high school, all students, parents, and counselors are directly connected with the admissions office at Niagara through Connect!’s communication, application management and electronic document delivery tools.

“We know historically that students from Kenmore East High School are interested in our admissions,” said Harry Gong, Director of Admissions at Niagara University. “We have strong personal relationships with the high school but have had no way to build a data bridge between us. With Connect!, we can strengthen relationships with the school, efficiently meet new students interested in Niagara, and streamline the entire application process. Everything can be accomplished in a single online environment – and at a fraction of the time and resources. This allows us to spend more face time with students, who we know by using verified data, will be successful at Niagara. It revolutionizes the way students approach college admissions.”

Adds David Coates, School Counselor at Kenmore East High School, “Our students are engaged with Connect! because they get a stronger voice in planning their future. The integrated tools offer a bigger picture of an individual pathway, and with the guidance of their counselors and parents, they can follow it successfully.” Niagara University has sponsored over twenty “feeder” high schools, which traditionally send students to the university each year. By providing Connect! to high schools, Niagara University is committed to building access to higher education for students in New York by introducing:

Integrated Curriculum Planning
Connect! revolutionizes college recruitment by giving the student a well-informed voice in the process. Counselors and students collaborate on a curriculum plan for grades 9-12 that integrates academic strengths, identified interests, and career goals. Communication tools between counselors, students, and parents within Connect! allow for tracking progress against this individualized education plan. Then during college planning, Connect! uses the integrated student data to help create a list of best-fitting colleges from the nation’s 4,200 institutions. Students build recruitment relationships with the colleges of their choice to gather targeted information and eliminate the need for cumbersome and unsolicited recruitment brochures and guidebooks.

Modern College and Career Planning
Connect! revolutionizes college admissions by streamlining the process of applying to college and the college’s application processing. Once the student has finalized the list of colleges to where they will apply based on the major of interest and relevant career paths, Connect! helps manage the tasks and deadlines for the family. During the application process, students can easily request and counselors can securely deliver electronic transcripts and letters of recommendation through Connect! to eliminate printing and mailing. Connect! automatically notifies counselors, students, family members and colleges of the progress in every step along the way.

Smart College Financing
As college financing has become an increasingly important and challenging component in college planning, Connect! has introduced a comprehensive online college financial planning resource. In one location, families can determine their cost gap and explore financing options to meet that gap. A student loan marketplace and a scholarship finder are available in addition to a unique budgeting tool that integrates career earnings information with anticipated debt burden. Families are also provided with interactive tools designed to assist in the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so they can apply accurately online to the government.

“In working with counselors who have a 500:1 student ratio, we know that many families enter this process with no idea how to begin,” said Craig Powell, President & CEO of ConnectEdu, Inc. “We set out to make sure every family is empowered with information, resources and tools to not only begin the process earlier, but to be successful in the end. Forward-thinking institutions like Niagara University are leading the way to building a democratized college admissions process one high school at a time.”

Colleges in the Connect! National Network™ have provided sponsorship of over 1,000 high school implementations across the country to gain the benefits of Connect! at no cost. Progressive colleges in the Northeast that are already receiving electronic admissions documents through Connect! include Boston University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Daniel Webster College, University of Vermont, University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University and University of New Haven. They join national institutions including University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Rutgers University.

For more information on ConnectEdu, or to join the Connect! National Network™,
call 888-887-8380 or log on to www.connectedu.net

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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