Thursday, January 24, 2008

You Can Get There From Here!

January 24, 2008- As Connect! proliferates Maine high schools, momentum is building as students, counselors and families realize that higher education is within reach. With the help of Connect! and other progressive organizations in Maine such as Gear Up, young people in Maine are being exposed to opportunities like never before. The Connect! National Network™ continues to expand in the state as over 60 high schools are already on board along with Husson College.

Thanks to our recent Gear Up partnership, Connect! will now be implemented in all high schools using Gear Up which currently includes nearly 4,000 students from low-income families. Check out this article from The Times Record about one of our great high school partners in Maine- Lisbon High School. A great example of how Connect!, through a collaborative effort with non-profit and state organizations, is creating college access for students who may otherwise have thought that college was not a possibility. Through Connect!, students in Maine can reach their college and career goals.

For more information on Gear Up

Monday, January 21, 2008

It’s Arrived… Connect!'s Top 25 Colleges & Universities

January 21, 2008 - As promised, we recently announced our Annual Connect! Top 25 Colleges & Universities. The list represents the schools that were the most popular college choices among the 500,000 Connect! users for 2007. Students, with the help of parents and counselors, compile their “Connect! College List” after researching and determining best-fitting colleges from among over 4,200 detailed school profiles.

The results of this year’s list are indeed eye opening. We have a new #1 as Michigan State University moved ahead of University of Michigan for the top spot. Seven of the schools in our top ten are from Michigan including Wayne State University (#5) and Western Michigan University (#6) who have joined the list this year as well. Nearly all Michigan colleges on last year’s list have moved up. Our Michigan partners along with recent partners, University of Missouri, Columbia (#18) and University of Kansas (#21) - both new to this year’s list – demonstrate that our college partners are able to drive high school adoption and participation.

In addition, our Annual Connect! Top 25 Colleges & Universities list highlights both the selective nature and wide range of institutions that Connect! users applied to in 2007 (i.e. Harvard University #16, Cornell University #17, University of Pennsylvania #19, Brown University #20, and Yale University #22). In fact, all of the Ivies except for Princeton (#28), Dartmouth (#59) and Columbia (#142) are represented in this year’s Connect! Top 25. From large public universities to small private colleges, this list represents the breadth of students who are using Connect! all across the country to make their college and career plans.

Our 2007 Connect! Top 25 Colleges & Universities are:

1. Michigan State University
2. University of Michigan
3. Central Michigan University
4. Grand Valley State University
5. Wayne State University
6. Western Michigan University
7. Boston University
8. New York University
9. Eastern Michigan University
10. University of Massachusetts Amherst
11. Northeastern University
12. University of Connecticut
13. Rutgers University
14. Boston College
15. Oakland University
16. Harvard University
17. Cornell University
18. University of Missouri, Columbia
19. University of Pennsylvania
20. Brown University
21. University of Kansas
22. Yale University
23. University of Rhode Island
24. Duke University
25. Clark Atlanta University

Below we round out the Top 50 on our annual list.

26. Northwestern University
27. Missouri State University
28. Princeton University
29. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
30. Syracuse University
31. Quinnipiac University
32. Ferris State University
33. The Johns Hopkins University
34. Georgetown University
35. Florida State University
36. University of Michigan, Dearborn
37. University of Vermont
38. Tufts University
39. Bridgewater State College
40. University of New Hampshire
41. Washington University in St. Louis
42. The College of New Jersey
43. University of Miami
44. Penn State University, University Park
45. Drexel University
46. University of Southern California
47. University of Delaware
48. Stanford University
49. University of California, Los Angeles
50. University of Massachusetts, Boston

Check out the complete list of the Connect! Top 200 Colleges & Universities.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

24 Schools Join Connect National Network™ in December

January 15, 2008- Building on the momentum of a record month in November where we signed over 20 new colleges to the Connect National Network™, the CDU team continued a torrid pace as 24 new schools, including 17 colleges, joined the network in December. Connect! continued to expand into new territories as we welcomed the University of Denver, the University of Arkansas, and Ashland Community and Technical College in Kentucky. In addition to our college growth, we also added 7 high schools, in December – which is typically a very slow month for HS growth.

Just last week, the CDU team started the 2008 year by welcoming the Columbus (OH) Public School system to the Connect National Network. Columbus Public Schools include 19 high schools and over 15,000 enrolled students. Great job to all involved and our partners.

Below are the new colleges that joined the network in December.

St. Peter’s College (NJ)
Newbury College (MA)
University of Vermont (VT)
Ashland Community & Technical College (KY)
Emory University (GA)
University of Sioux Falls (SD)
Davis & Elkins College (WV)
Lon Morris College (TX)
University of Arkansas (AR)
Sterling College (AR)
University of Denver (CO)
Westminster College (MO)
Johnson & Wales University (RI)
Illinois State University (IL)
Kentucky Mountain Bible College (KY)
Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
Emporia State University (KS)

CDU Welcomes New Vice President of Client Relations

January 14, 2008- As we kick off the new year, we are excited to welcome Jim Sears as the new Vice President of Client Relations. Jim will be managing both the college and high school account management teams and will oversee all client facing activities in the near future. Jim joins CDU with over ten years of solid experience in the area of client satisfaction. Most recently, he was General Manager of Client Operations at SunGard, overseeing all services operation for North America. Jim brings with him a strong track record of performance and innovation that will be integral to our 2008 goals.

As the Connect National Network™ continues to expand to over 1,000 high schools and over 500,000 users in 2008, the addition of Jim Sears is a small piece in our overall commitment to continuing to provide the best possible service to all of our high school and college partners. Building on the relationships with our existing colleges and high schools and listening to their needs will be a major focus for CDU during our exciting growth in 2008.

CDU welcomes Jim Sears to the team. We also welcome your valuable input as we start a new year and continue to change the college admissions process in this country. Feel free to email us with your ideas, suggestions, etc.. Happy New Year!