Tuesday, June 19, 2007

ConnectEdu Reaches Quarter-Million College-Bound Student Mark!

June 19, 2007- Word is spreading fast about Connect! and as a result, The Connect! Network of college-bound students is growing by leaps and bounds. In just one year, the number of college-bound students using Connect! to manage their college preparation, search, application and financial aid process has grown from 15,000 to 250,000 students. From rural towns in Maine, to urban districts in Michigan, to metropolitan communities in California, students are engaged and using Connect! to plan their college path.

In fact, over the past month the average Connect! student has been visiting Connect! twice per week and spending over 20 min. per visit. Many of these visitors are juniors (rising seniors) that are busy determining their college lists, planning campus visits and finalizing summer activities. With Connect!, these students will be able to utilize the platform each of the subsequent stages in their college application, financial aid, decision making and matriculation process.

And, with over 300 more high schools scheduled to deploy Connect! to their juniors and seniors in the Fall, we expect many more students to begin getting Connect!-ed and making informed college choices.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

CDU Continues to Build Momentum with High Schools Nationwide

Implement- (v.) to put into action

June 12, 2007 - Recently we reached yet another momentous milestone at ConnectEdu as our implementation team achieved its third consecutive month of implementing a record number of high schools. In June alone, over 125 high schools implemented Connect! and entered into the Connect! Network. As we continue to grow and deploy Connect! to more and more high schools, we will continue to strive toward our goal of implementing and training them within 60 days of their decision to join the Connect! Network.

Congratulations to the ConnectEdu team for this achievement and … WELCOME to our newest high school members!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

A College Admissions Process Accessible to All

June 7, 2007-I continue to talk to people around the country involved in both the college planning and financial aid process about two major themes – the need to simplify the process so it is easier for families to understand both the steps involved and the opportunities, and the need to receive feedback during the process in a more timely manner.

Some things in life should be quick and easy!

As we continue to spread the Connect! Network nationwide, I want folks that are weary of the integration of new technology into the educational environment, both families and counselors, to understand that we are here to make the process easier and more accessible for all.

Recently, I discussed the need to simplify the college planning and financial aid process with KQ2 in my home state of Missouri.