Apr 26, 2010

State of Texas Selects ConnectEDU to Create an Online Resource to Help Students Transition to College and Careers

(Boston, MA) April 26, 2010 – The Texas Education Agency, in conjunction with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, announced that they have selected ConnectEDU to develop their Online College Preparation Assistance Pilot Program. This program will help high school students manage the complex college selection and application process.

The pilot program will provide free college and career preparation tools for students and families in Texas in a single online resource. Counselors, teachers, and administrators will also benefit from using this resource. The Online College Preparation Assistance Pilot Program will bring together critical information in one easily accessible place to assist students in preparing for college.

Barbara Knaggs, TEA’s associate commissioner for state initiatives, said, “We are excited about working with our partners to provide this opportunity to the thousands of Texas students who will be participating in the pilot program. We believe this program will help students successfully transition from high school to college or career.”

“This pilot project complements the joint work that the TEA and Coordinating Board have done with the College and Career Readiness Standards,” said Dr. Judith Loredo, Coordinating Board assistant commissioner for P-16 Initiatives.

A growing body of research points to the importance of guidance, information, and support in helping students apply to and pay for college. In order to be successful, students must complete a series of specific tasks, many of which are time dependent. This resource uses state-of-the-art technology and individualized student data to help students stay on track to graduate and to effectively navigate the college search, application, and selection process or take the steps necessary to successfully transition directly to a career.

“We are particularly excited to be working with the State of Texas to help implement this pilot program, and we look forward to working with them to make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of students,” said Craig Powell, CEO, ConnectEDU. “We applaud Texas for leading the nationwide charge to implement college and career readiness standards and meeting the challenge of providing better assistance for students as they transition from high school to college or career. This pilot will provide students and families throughout Texas with a personalized tool that will help streamline the college and career planning process, while helping to achieve the state’s goal of graduating all Texas high school students ready for college and career success.”

The tools that will be available include: college search and match tools, managing and tracking multiple college applications, financial aid resources, personalized student portfolios, and career assessment and planning.

To learn more, see the State of Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s recent news release.

For more information on ConnectEDU, call 888-887-8380 or visit www.connectedu.net.


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.

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Apr 20, 2010

35 More Colleges Join ConnectEDU’s SuperAPP™ in Q1 of 2010

176 Colleges Have Adopted SuperAPP to Receive ALL College Application Materials Electronically

(Boston, MA) April 20, 2010 – ConnectEDU (www.connectedu.net), the Web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career, today announced that 35 additional colleges have chosen to receive a full electronic package of a student’s college application materials via SuperAPP™. This takes the total number of colleges subscribing to an electronic feed of a student’s full college application package – transcripts, letters of recommendation, school profiles, application essays, etc. – through SuperAPP to 176 colleges.

“We are excited about the continued market adoption of SuperAPP both at the high school and college levels,” added Craig Powell, Chief Executive Officer, ConnectEDU. “Since we announced SuperAPP 182 days ago, we have signed on 176 college partners to receive a student’s full application package electronically. In addition, several major urban school districts - Baltimore Public Schools, Detroit Public Schools and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District - have chosen to use SuperApp for all of their students to manage and track the college application process. Since students can use SuperAPP to apply to over 1,500 colleges from a single application form, high schools are rapidly adopting SuperAPP as the standard for facilitating their students’ college applications. As more schools seek to streamline the application process, we anticipate more high school districts and colleges will choose SuperAPP.”

SuperAPP is a comprehensive solution that allows students to complete the entire college application process, including official transcripts, letters of recommendation, college essays, high school profile and the application, from a single, secure location. An application processing solution, as opposed to an application format, SuperAPP uses and supports all of the most popular application formats including: The Common Application®, Universal College Application™, and unique applications for 1,500 colleges nationwide. SuperAPP streamlines the application process for college admissions officers by delivering a full electronic student application to colleges in a single integrated data feed in the colleges’ preferred format.

SuperAPP is offered as a free service for students. It dramatically improves the college application process for families by allowing students to apply to multiple colleges from a single location. It also helps high school guidance counselors by allowing them to track students’ applications from a single, secure location.

To learn more about ConnectEDU or SuperAPP, please visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000.

SuperAPP- The Numbers


  • 1,500 college applications in SuperAPP

  • 176 colleges electronically connected to SuperAPP

  • 182 days since SuperAPP was launched

  • $0 cost for a student to use SuperAPP





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.

SuperAPP is a trademark of ConnectEDU, Inc. The Common Application® is a registered service mark of The Common Application, Inc. Universal College Application is a service mark of ApplicationsOnline LLC.

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Apr 8, 2010

Ted Fischer Named President and Chief Operating Officer of ConnectEDU

(Boston, MA) April 9, 2010 – ConnectEDU, (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career, today announced that Ted Fischer has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of ConnectEDU, Inc.

“I am excited to recognize the contributions that Ted Fischer has made to ConnectEDU and continues to make to our organization on a daily basis,” said Craig Powell, CEO, ConnectEDU. “As we continue to grow rapidly, he will continue to focus on the centralization of our educational products, government relations, account management and servicing functions.”

Mr. Fischer joined ConnectEDU in June, 2009 in the role of Executive Vice President. He was involved with the company prior to that as a Partner at Bay Capital Advisors, LLC, where he was advisory to two rounds of ConnectEDU financing.

Prior to working at Bay Capital Advisors, Mr. Fischer was the Co-founder and Vice President of OneNeck IT Services Corp. At that company, he led all sales and business opportunities and achieved 25% annualized growth. Mr. Fischer was also the Senior Vice President of Sales and Manufacturing at Duro Industries, a $265 million company.

A graduate of Boston College and the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development, Mr. Fischer resides in Barrington, Rhode Island. He is an active member of the community. He is on the Board of Overseers and the Executive Committee at the Moses Brown School. He is also on the Board of Advisors for Year-Up, Providence.

To learn more about ConnectEDU, please visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000.

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.

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Apr 6, 2010

ConnectEDU Surpasses Goal in Series D Financing

(Boston, MA) April 6, 2010 – ConnectEDU, Inc., (www.connectedu.net), the Web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career, today announced the close of their Series D Financing, which was marked by the surpassing of the company’s projected $4 million dollar goal.

“We are excited about the great response received during this round of financing,” said ConnectEDU CEO, Craig Powell. “To have exceeded our goal, in this economic environment, speaks to the fundamentals of our business model and our mission to empower young people in managing their education and career transitions. These funds will continue the acceleration of our recent statewide contracts in Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and other state opportunities as well as the extension of our products to other ‘retail’ customers. We are excited by the opportunities ahead.”

For more information on ConnectEDU and the ConnectEDU National Network™, visit www.connectedu.net or call (617) 532-3000.

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 a dream of a college education and promising career.

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