Sep 19, 2011

Arizona State University Selects ConnectEDU’s CoursEval as Online Tool for Course and Faculty Evaluations

Web-Based Software to Replace Paper Approach with Easier, Smarter, and Less Expensive Process

(Boston, MA) September 19, 2011 – Arizona State University (ASU) and ConnectEDU today announced their partnership to help faculty, chairs and deans gather information on students’ perceptions and opinions about their courses in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. ASU will be utilizing ConnectEDU’s CoursEval™ software to evaluate courses across the University’s four physical campuses and one virtual campus, which in total serve over 70,000 students.

CoursEval is designed to make the required task of course evaluation easier, smarter, and less expensive for administrators and instructors. CoursEval will allow ASU administrators to evaluate courses and faculty online, replacing the paper process/bubble sheet approach.

“In today’s education landscape, with more secondary learning options available than ever before, it is vital for institutions to keep their finger on the pulse of their students and understand what is and what is not working in the classroom,” said Craig Powell, CEO and founder of ConnectEDU. “CoursEval is the industry’s leading tool for evaluating courses and we are confident that Arizona State University will reap tremendous benefits and insights from the platform.”

“With thousands of instructors and tens of thousands of students, it had become difficult to provide course evaluation support to our faculty that was fast, flexible, and affordable,” said Wanda Baker, Associate Director for Assessment and Information Technology with the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness at Arizona State University. “The implementation of CoursEval will speed up our evaluation process and give our academic departments considerable flexibility in the design and administration of their evaluations, while saving the University money. CourseEval’s customized reporting features will support our efforts to monitor students’ perceptions of their courses and the instruction they are receiving, at considerable savings in cost and time. This is an important technology implementation for ASU in our continuing efforts to provide instruction of the highest quality.”

ASU’s implementation of CoursEval will begin during the Fall 2011 semester. ConnectEDU will be providing ASU officials with a high level of customer support and training as ASU takes advantage of the software’s high degree of customization to determine the information that will have the greatest impact on administrators, professors and students.

The software permits ASU faculty to collect longitudinal information about students’ perceptions of their courses and instruction. Some academic units also use it to conduct formative evaluations to promote mid-course adjustments.

About ConnectEDU:
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. 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. ConnectEDU makes the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. The Company’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 7, 2011

ConnectEDU Acquires Enrollment and Retention Services Division of EducationDynamics to Provide Enhanced Services and Tools for Students and School Administrators

Acquisition Empowers Colleges to Engage and Support Students from First Point of Contact, Into College and Beyond

(BOSTON, MA) September 7, 2011ConnectEDU, the leader in web-based college and career access solutions, today announced that it acquired the Enrollment and Retention division of EducationDynamics, higher education’s leading technology and services company dedicated to helping colleges and universities find, enroll, and retain students.

The acquisition strengthens the team behind ConnectEDU’s Connect! Platform, a first-of-its-kind web solution that supports students – and their teachers and counselors – from high school to college to career.

The acquired division specializes in providing technologies and content development services to colleges and universities that allow them to support, guide and interact with students from their first point of contact, through the admissions process, academic life, career placement, and beyond. As a result, ConnectEDU will deliver unmatched resources and tools to students, their high school support networks and the institutions that will guide them through their next phase of education and into career paths.

“ConnectEDU’s mission is to provide learners with a single online source for making and managing 100% of the decisions that impact their lives, where decisions about their education, career and finances intersect. No longer can learners simply expect to go to college, be successful, graduate, and realize the American Dream. Students and those supporting them need help,” said Craig Powell, CEO of ConnectEDU. “Today, we celebrate the robustness of the Connect! platform and our ability to provide learners with the tools and resources they need to make smart, informed decisions on the Learner Pathway™ and in their relationships with those who support them.”

Existing EducationDynamics customers will enjoy not only the same products and services they are accustomed to, but also the broad resources of ConnectEDU. They will retain the same account manager with whom they have an established relationship.

As John Mathew, President of the Enrollment and Retention division pointed out, “ConnectEDU is such a smart fit for us and our clients. With them, we have a partner who is committed to the students and institutions we’ve been serving for more than a decade. ConnectEDU is committed to investing in the type of research and development that can move the needle for our clients, and their relationships with employers gives students a leg up as they begin their job search and post college planning.”

To date, ConnectEDU has successfully acquired and integrated a number of best-in-class companies and products. The company also partners with market leaders that service specific aspects of a learner’s pathway. Most recently, ConnectEDU was selected by San Francisco Unified School District to implement the Connect! Platform and was featured in Washington Monthly Magazine for the company’s work with Miami-Dade School District, which is the fourth largest school district in the United States, and Yale University.

About ConnectEDU:
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. 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 learners and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. ConnectEDU makes the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable, and more effective. ConnectEDU’s approach gives every learner, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career. To learn more about ConnectEDU, visit http://www.connectedu.com/.

About EducationDynamics:
EducationDynamics is higher education's leading marketing information and technology services company dedicated to helping institutions find, enroll and retain students. Its content-rich and highly visible education websites, including: EarnMyDegree.com, EducationConnection.com, eLearners.com, GradSchools.com, StudyAbroad.com, TestDriveCollege.com and its special interest microsites, make EducationDynamics the premier provider of qualified prospective students for colleges and universities. In addition, the company offers a full suite of Web-delivered services proven to drive enrollment growth and reduce student attrition, as well as other innovative solutions including LeadWatchLive, its web-based inquiry management system. Through Aslanian Market Research, the company brings a decade of proprietary research, unparalleled market and student intelligence and best practice insights to its clients. For more information, visit http://www.educationdynamics.com/.