Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Times They Are a Changing

November 19, 2009 - The good news and momentum around SuperAPP continues to mount here at ConnectEDU. As you read in my last blog post on November 10, ConnectEDU, in conjunction with our partners at the Detroit Public Schools and numerous colleges throughout Michigan, was able to help impact the educational futures of over 3,000 seniors during “College Application Week” in Detroit — thanks again to all who made that 3 day event such a huge success. Check out some insightful and enlightening never before seen footage and interviews from inside the Detroit high schools.

Building off that tremendous effort in Detroit and the recent launch of our application management solution, SuperAPP, at the end of September, I am pleased to inform you that we have added 21 new SuperAPP partners in the past 30 days…a true testament to the need for and importance of replacing the antiquated paper system currently in place for sending and receiving college applications. These new SuperAPP partner schools will now receive all of their application data electronically, and in the preferred format, as they take advantage of the cost savings associated with receiving these applications electronically.

The new colleges represent a wide geographic base of small, mid-sized and large schools and some of the country’s foremost institutions of higher learning, including: University of Iowa, Michigan State University, University of Maryland, Stevenson University, Grand Valley State University, and Mount St. Mary’s College. For a complete listing of our SuperAPP partners, visit our college network. This is a significant paradigm shift in the industry and one that we are very excited about…and confident will continue as more and more colleges see the benefits and cost savings associated with paperless applications.

Allow me, for a moment, to provide you with some context and support. Rather than using my own words, I want to share with you some of what is being said by others, including Michael Barron, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services and Director of Admission, University of Iowa and Marcea, a senior at Detroit’s Pershing High School.

“ConnectEDU is the first organization to have successfully solved for one of the greatest dilemmas in college application processing – the entire completion of an applicant’s information which includes their electronic transcript. And, ConnectEDU has done this in a way that dramatically improves the ease for a student to apply to multiple colleges from a single web form."

"Today, I filled out and completed five college applications in less than forty-five minutes and it was a breeze,” said Marcea. “I think SuperAPP is a much easier way to apply than other online methods. You can understand the process and you simply fill in one form and send applications to as many colleges as you want."

Everything we do revolves around one question “What can we do to help students find, apply, and finance a college education and transition to a successful career?” Helping students is our passion. And we believe that one of the best ways to help students is to provide support for those whom students turn to for help – from family, to school counselors, to the college admissions office, to employers. SuperAPP embodies that commitment and passion and we couldn’t be happier that it is gaining the traction we envisioned and helping to give every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.

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