Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More Success Stories to Come in Michigan

June 24, 2008- In just a short time since the launch of the Connect! Network in Michigan, we have already begun to see steady progress from both our college and high school partners. This past academic year (07-08) was the first full academic year that implementation, training and document exchange were in full swing throughout Michigan. As the school year now comes to a close, we decided to examine some of the early impacts of Connect! in Michigan.

As a reference point, Connect! is the college, curriculum and career planning tool being used at 20% of the state’s high schools, by nearly 500 counselors, servicing over 129,000 students. We have 14 college partners in Michigan including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, and Henry Ford Community College.

To measure our top performing high schools in Michigan, we assessed the schools based on their outcomes to date - # of curriculum plans created, # of college lists researched, and # of electronic transcripts delivered. Currently, Allen Park High School tops the list for the most curriculum plans created in Connect! Troy High School leads the pack with the most college lists researched, and Farmington High School has sent more electronic transcripts through Connect! than any other high school in the state.

As the Michigan network continues to expand, we applaud the progressive institutions that have led this “revolutionary” change in the way that students, parents, and counselors experience the college planning process. Michigan partners no longer are “imagining” a paperless admission process – rather they are making it happen every day. This collaborative effort taking place in Michigan represents the first data bridge between high schools and higher education.

Congratulations to all our high school leaders in Michigan – in particular to the Top Connect! High Schools – Farmington High School, North Farmington High School, Troy High School, and Lakeview High School who achieved top 10 status for each education outcome in Connect!

Bravo…

Learn more about how the admissions process is changing in Michigan

Friday, June 13, 2008

Nebraska Momentum

June 13, 2008- As a child, I vividly remember the adrenaline rush on Saturdays as Tom Osborne and the Nebraska Cornhuskers would come charging out of the tunnel into a sea of over 80,000 fans at Memorial Stadium. Growing up an avid Husker fan, I continued to follow Nebraska football through college and up until the present day – yes even when wins have become harder to come by!

Recently, we welcomed two new colleges from the “Cornhusker State” to the Connect! National Network™ as we continue to expand in the Midwest. Two of the top colleges in the state- Creighton University and yes, the University of Nebraska have joined our network and are leading the way as we streamline the college admissions process for students in the Midwest. We welcome both colleges to the Connect! family. Go Huskers!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Today’s Parent- A Student’s Support Beam

June 12, 2008- I recently attended Brown University’s Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, an event that honors the achievements of Brown’s most successful student-athletes. As I sat and listened to each new inductee address the crowd, there was a theme that continued to emerge- these successful student-athletes were most thankful for the unconditional support that their parents provided them throughout their lives; and in particular during the formative years of high school and college.

I found this theme to be very encouraging – for it served as an important reminder to all the parents and future parents at the Awards Dinner. This group of inductees - CEO’s, Managing Directors, Actors, Community Leaders, Professional Athletes - were all highly successful human beings. In most cases they indicated that they had propelled themselves to a higher standard of living than the reflections of their childhood indicated. And to the inductee they were most thankful for the essential ingredient to which they attributed their success – the SUPPORT that they received from their parents!

In a time when parents are adjusting to a changing and challenging college admission landscape, tuition prices are skyrocketing, and the competition seems unbearable, it is easy to blur the lines of pressure and support. If there was one consistent theme from this group of successful students and, now adults, it was that the unconditional, non-judgmental SUPPORT they received from their parents had propelled them to reach amazing heights!

Refreshing to see … thank you, mom and dad! Happy Father’s Day!

Friday, June 6, 2008

CDU Continues to Grow in Maine

June 6, 2008- The state motto of Maine is Dirigo – which is Latin for “I lead”. According to wikepedia.com, “prior to the New Deal, Republicans claimed, ‘As Maine goes, so goes the nation.’” Based on our recent momentum in the Pine Tree State, I certainly am looking forward to what is to come this year in a state that may serve to be a model for other states in our network.

The Connect! Network in Maine - a network already consisting of partnerships with state and non-profit organizations, over 60 high schools, including all Gear Up high schools, just got a big boost as the seven institutions of the University of Maine System have joined the Connect! National Network ™. Read more about the recent announcement.

We welcome the University of Maine System and thank all those who have worked hard to build the infrastructure for success in Maine. Dirigo!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Things Are Hopping Down on the Bayou

June 3, 2008- As the Connect! National Network ™ continues to expand in the Southeast, high schools in the State of Alabama are coming on board quicker than I can say “Roll Tide”. In fact, over 60 new high schools in Alabama have partnered with ConnectEdu in the last 60 days- including the Baldwin County Public Schools, which includes 9 high schools and over 25,000 students. In addition to our one high school per day pace, we also recently added the University of Mobile to the Connect! National Network.

Congrats to our partners and colleagues in Alabama … we’re looking forward to spending a lot of time supporting the students, counselors and colleges of the Bayou!