Sep 23, 2010

ConnectEDU Acquires CoursEval™ and Academic Management Systems

Best-Of-Breed Industry Leader in Course Assessment Complements ConnectEDU’s College Suite

(BOSTON, MA) September 14, 2010 -- ConnectEDU, Inc., the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career, announced the acquisition of Academic Management Systems (AMS) and its flagship product CoursEval. ConnectEDU will continue to support, enhance and grow the CoursEval higher education and health professions client base as well as extending the solution into the ConnectEDU K-12 clientbase.

“We are excited about the potential of the acquisition and plan to continue the great work of the CoursEval team. This is consistent with our servicing the intersection point between students, teachers and administrators,” commented Craig Powell, Chief Executive Officer of ConnectEDU. “We look forward to leveraging the underlying technology of CoursEval to extend ConnectEDU's evaluation and assessment capabilities as well as making course evaluations available to our K-12 clientbase.”

In addition to acquiring CoursEval and its loyal clients, ConnectEDU has retained the entire CoursEval support, development and sales team. The team will remain in Buffalo at ConnectEDU’s latest regional office.

“ConnectEDU and Academic Management Systems share a common mission of using real data to drive informed decisions for both students and educators,” remarked AMS Founder and Vice President, Dr. John Eisner. “Our combined organization will benefit our current and future users and we are excited to be part of the ConnectEDU enterprise.” Dr. Eisner will serve in an advisory role for the next three years and continue to be closely involved with the CoursEval product.

Other AMS products that are not core to the ConnectEDU product strategy (including ClinicEval™, SiteAssign™, AdMIT™, WebAdMIT™ and GrAdMIT™) were migrated to a separate entity prior to the acquisition.

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About ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU is devoted to helping students find and enroll in the right college, get a degree, and launch their career. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. We make the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. ConnectEDU’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.

Sep 22, 2010

Kevin Barney Joins ConnectEDU as Senior Vice President of College Channel Sales and Operations

(Boston, MA) September 22, 2010 - ConnectEDU, (, the web-based leader in using data to connect students with colleges and employers through the nation’s largest college and career planning network, is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Barney as Senior Vice President of College Channel Sales and Operations. Kevin brings over 20 years of experience serving the education marketplace to the ConnectEDU senior management team.

“ConnectEDU’s unwavering commitment to help students manage their education and careers more effectively will benefit colleges, universities, and employers as they seek to ensure that they are making the best possible decisions on selecting and supporting their students and employees,” said Barney. “ConnectEDU is a game changer, and I am excited about the opportunity to help colleges and universities leverage ConnectEDU’s capabilities.”

Prior to joining ConnectEDU, Kevin was the Senior Vice President of Sales, Service, & Marketing for Tuition Management Systems, which became the leading provider of billing and payment processing services in Higher Education during his tenure with a reputation as the highest quality provider in the industry. Kevin also was the Vice President of Scholastic Sales for American Achievement Corporation, a leading manufacturer of education recognition products.

“Kevin is an accomplished executive who brings a wealth of experience working with colleges to resolve the critical issues along the pathway of achieving their strategic goals," said Craig Powell, Chief Executive Officer, ConnectEDU. “We are delighted to have Kevin join our senior leadership team and are confident he will make an immediate impact on our college sales and operations.”

Kevin is a graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey with B.A., in Economics with a minor in Political Science.