Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Show-Me State Shows the Way

ConnectEdu's True Electronic Transcripts™ and Direct Data Partnerships Will Save Missouri Colleges Millions in Unnecessary Processing Costs

February 21, 2007 - I couldn't be prouder of my home state of Missouri and our progressive partners that are focused on improving the "going-to- college" process for students, counselors, parents and admissions officers. Earlier today, we announced a data integration with SIS K-12 and STI-K12 to seamlessly integrate Connect! for our collective partner high schools. (Click to read release) SIS K-12 and STI-K12 account for 80% of the high schools in Missouri, representing over 580 high schools that will be able to move data into Connect! with the click of a button. Once fully deployed throughout the state, this seamless integration of high school SIS systems and Connect!’s industry leading position as THE ONLY XML transcript delivery platform available to colleges will result in cost savings of $10.9M to Missouri colleges and universities.

Our ability to deliver transcripts seamlessly and effortlessly from high school student information systems directly into college partner information systems will improve and expedite the college admissions process for Missouri students and admissions officers. In addition, Connect!’s ability to automate the recalculation of GPA’s, transcript receipt notifications and the delivery of actual data points into college SIS platforms will save our College Partners $14-$25 per transcript. (See our College Partner white paper to understand the analysis that supports this cost savings.)

Now using our data integration with SIS K-12 and STI-K12, high schools will be able to deploy Connect! with no set-up time and update student records at the push of a button. Life just got that much easier for Connect! high schools in Missouri. This year, students in Missouri will apply to an average of 8 colleges and send their transcripts to these colleges 3-4 times on average costing the colleges between $14-$25 (per transcript) in processing expenses. Based on our current implementations, Missouri colleges and universities will save $4.5 million dollars, which is by all means a conservative estimate. With Connect!'s data network, the burden of unnecessary transcript processing expenses has been eliminated.

These are exciting times for students, counselors and college partners in Missouri!

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